Worst US Presidents of All Time
Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, and Franklin Pierce–were they the worst Presidents ever? Why have historians consistently placed them at the bottom of Presidential rankings? Those are two different questions: one is about these three individuals and other Presidents; the second is about historians. But even in their own time, two of these Presidents were dumped by their own party after one term, and the other was impeached (but not convicted).
Pierce, Buchanan, and Johnson: Were They Worst Presidents in American History?
And yet, Franklin Pierce’s campaign biography was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne; James Buchanan, as a former Secretary of State, Ambassador to Russia and England, and United States Senator, was possibly the best-prepared person ever to be elected President; and Andrew Johnson, a self-made man, had been chosen for his position by Abraham Lincoln. Who would have predicted their catastrophic failures? What were the consequences of their colossal ineptitude?
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