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Top 3 Greatest U.S Presidents
Though, there have been numerous U.S presidents, none have left such indelible marks on our great society and world as these giants of American history. Here are the top 3 presidents that have shaped America for the better and redefined the meaning of pride, love of country and patriotism. With that said, let's take a look back in time at these great history makers of our age.
#1 Greatest U.S President
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 to April 15,1865 was the 16th president of our great nation. A republican who represented the state of Illinois. He was elected to congress in 1846 where he served a one-two-year term. He later won the republication nomination in 1860. Lincoln would go on to save the union of the United States by ending slavery in America. He issued the historic Emancipation of Proclamation an unpopular war document in 1863 which freed slaves in the American South. The future of the Untied States depended upon this measure being enacted. The American Civil War was the bloodiest in US history which threatened to divide the union and collapse the economy of the United States. Lincoln's war measure led to the future 13 amendment which abolished slavery for good in all of America. His heroic act save the country and its economy. It also gave way to one of the greatest moral acts in history ending slavery in America and freeing African Americans from its horrible conditions.
Lincoln was also a financial genius who promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories. He was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Though, he lived a short life, he will forever be remembered as the president who bought America back from total collapse and a warrior against insurmountable odds.
#2 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882-April 12, 1945) was a political giant who led America out of its most trying times. Known by his initials, FDR was the thirty second president of the United States. He is the only president to serve four terms. Some of his greatest achievements came during the great depression era. He signed into law the Social Security Act of 1935 which gave millions of Americans their benefits under this new law. In his first hundred days in office, he sent congress a host of emergency bills to help boost the economy and jump start America's banking systems. "Relief measures included the continuation of Hoover's major relief program for the unemployed under its new name: Federal Emergency Relief Administration. The most popular of all New Deal agencies – and Roosevelt's favorite – was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which hired 250,000 unemployed young men to work on rural local projects. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt)." Under Roosevelt leadership the country quickly emerge out of the great depression and became once again a powerful and successful nation. For this reason is my second pick for the greatest president of the 20th century.
#3 John F Kennedy
John F. Kennedy May 29th 1917-November 22, 1963 was one of the greatest hero's of peace, social justice and human rights. He was the thirty fifth president of the United States and second youngest president after Theodore Roosevelt. He was elected to office at the age of just 43. During his presidency, he faced a number of political and social issues which included the Cuban Missile Crisis, Civil Rights Movement and increased U.S involvement in Vietnam. Through strong democratic negotiations, Kennedy was able to successfully solve the Cuban Missile Crisis avoiding a nuclear war showdown. Kennedy, also work closely with civil right leaders such as Dr. King to help dissolve Jim Crow laws in the American South but due to strong political opposition of the time, he was unable to push bills through congress to end legal segregation in the south though he supported a number of bills and ideas to help the cause. Immigration and poverty was also close to Kennedy's heart. Kennedy wanted to dismantle laws that would discriminate against immigrants based on country of origin and he saw this as an extension of his civil rights policies. Kennedy supported the National Immigration Act of 1965.
Poverty deeply affected Kennedy. As one of his first presidential acts, Kennedy asked Congress to create the Peace Corps. Through this program, Americans volunteer to help underdeveloped nations in areas such as education, farming, health care, and construction. The organization grew to 5,000 members by March 1963 and 10,000 the following year. Since 1961, over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 139 countries.
Women rights issues was also close to Kennedy's heart. On June 10, 1963, Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, a federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex. Throughout his short life, Kennedy worked tirelessly to better the lives of his fellow Americans and the world at large. One of his greatest quotes was "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." He was assassinated November 22, 1963. Hailed as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Kennedy is the only president to date to win the Pulitzer Prize. It why I am naming him the third greatest president in U.S History
This concludes my hub on the top 3 greatest U.S presidents. Please feel free to vote in my online poll as well as leave your comments below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.