Worst American Presidents

Some American presidents were quite popular, others not quite so. A number of unpopular American presidents are ranked among the worst presidents in the country’s history. Many of these presidents pursued policies which were detrimental to the country’s economy.

Others could not take effective measures to safeguard domestic peace. Yet others were ineffective and simply stood by while others took the decisions for them.

Following are some of the worst presidents in the American history as ranked by historians and popular vote:

James Buchanan

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. He served as the President from 1857 to 1861. He was the president who served immediately before the American Civil War broke out.

Buchanan became President at a time when slavery was the main political issue and the country was divided between the North and the South.

He couldn’t take any effective measures to diminish the tensions between the two sides. In fact, some of his actions supported the pro-slavery states. Some scholars regard him partly responsible for the Civil War that broke out right after his presidency.

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding served as the 29th President of the United States. Harding served as the President from 1921 to 1923. He couldn’t complete his term when in 1923, he died from a heart attack.

Although he was initially a popular President, a number of corruption scandals took place during his reign. Some of these emerged after his death.

News of his extramarital affairs also surfaced after his death which significantly diminished his popularity. Today, he is regarded among the lowest ranking presidents in terms of all-time popularity.

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States. He served as the President from 1865 to 1869. He became the President after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Johnson restored many southern states to the Union even after they failed to grant the designated rights to freed slaves. His policies were immensely unpopular with the Congress which impeached him and very nearly succeeded.

He oversaw the Presidential Reconstruction of the South following the end of the Civil War. Many of his policies empowered the southerners without improving the plight of African Americans. This is one of the reasons why he is ranked among the worst American presidents.

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce served as the 14th President of the United States. Pierce served as the President from 1853 to 1857.

He oversaw the Gadsden Purchase which added many former Mexican territories to United States. He also supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act which supported slavery in the West.

This disturbed the delicate balance of power between the North and the South, sowing the seeds for the American Civil War which subsequently broke out.

Historians today regard Piece as a weak President who supported the slave-holding southerners and could not take any effective decisions.

Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States. He served as the President from 1850 to 1853. Fillmore was originally the Vice President under Zachary Taylor and became the President upon the death of Taylor.

Once in the White House, Fillmore supported the bill of 1850 Compromise. He lobbied to have the bill passed which granted concessions to both the North and the South. White House

However, the Fugitive Slave Act, a part of the bill, was immensely unpopular and adversely affected the standing of Fillmore’s Presidency. Today, Fillmore is ranked among the worst presidents of America.

John Tyler

John Tyler served as the 10th President of the United States. He served as President from 1841 to 1845. He became President when the previous President William Henry Harrison died only a month after his term started.

Tyler was very unpopular with both main political parties of his time. Due to this reason, he wasn’t able to garner the support of Congress for the legislations that he tried to pass.

He wanted to admit Texas to the Union and make it a part of the United States. Although he wasn’t successful in this during his term, his efforts bore fruit during the next Presidency when Texas was admitted to the Union. He remains a relatively obscure President who didn’t make any important decisions during his term.

Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor served as the 12th President of the United States. He was elected as the President in 1849. As President, he didn’t put much confidence in his cabinewatet or the Congress.

He made efforts to forge unity between the North and the South despite the divisive issue of slavery. However, he died in 1850 before his administration could take any meaningful measures.

For the lackluster first year as President and the absence of any meaningful acts, Taylor’s presidency is among the lowest ranked presidencies in US history.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon served as the 37th President of the United States. He served as the President from 1969 to 1974. Although Nixon took many important steps during his reign, his second term was cut short by the notorious Wategate scandal.

This scandal revealed that Nixon administration had used illegitimate means to keep tabs on their political opponents. It was also revealed that the President himself was directly involved in such activities.

Nixon and his administration were found guilty of these acts. Facing impeachment by the Congress, Nixon resigned from the presidency and was later pardoned by his successor.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Although he is the current President, he is already ranked among the worst president in the US history.

He is noted for making controversial public statements and bellicose threats towards other nations. Trump is the first American President who has no prior experience of government or military service.

Many of his policies remain unpopular with large sections of the American population. These include his cutbacks on environmental issues, his ban on allowing people from various countries to travel to US and his racially discriminatory actions.

Trump administration is also accused of electoral fraud and foul play in the presidential elections of 2017.

See Historical rankings of presidents of the United States at Wikipedia

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