Why? How did this president impact the United States in terms of social and economy policy? How was this country worse because of this president?
I have to go with BigJules on this one, Harding was probably the worse for the reasons that he so well stated.
However I believe that we had a run of relatively weak presidents from 1845-1861, their weakness helped to stoke the flames for the upcoming Civil War.
US Grant was a great general but a weak president, having a corrupt administration because so many of his appointed staffers took advantage of him.
Weak presidents encouraged a strident congress, 'radical republicans' determined to punish the South for its rebellion, to come to the forefront. The relative weakness of latter 19th century Presidents made Reconstruction less effective and allowed the South to recreate slavery in every sense outside of the written law.
Interesting thread, thanks.
http://www.siena.edu/uploadedfiles/home … _final.pdf
The Siena Institute surveys scholars each year. They found that Warren G. Harding, Buchanan, and Andrew Johnson were the most popular picks for worst president ever. Harding was notoriously corrupt and completely inept policy wise, with a presidency that was basically run by Hoover.
Andrew Johnson, though, has to take the cake. He spent most of his presidency fighting any measures that granted newly freed blacks any actual freedom, and was drunk more often than not. He also feigned support for bills, then went back on his word regularly as part of his practice. He really was a deplorable human being.
He also was impeached, and it took a massive bribery effort to keep him in the presidency.
Let's not forget Herbert Hoover, who responded to veterans asking for their benefits by having the army shoot at them and tear-gas them.
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