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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Most Underrated Presidents


I had posted a thread (still getting use to forum) about GW Bush, I guess I should of opened the larger question of, "Who do you think are the most underrated Presidents of the United States and why?"
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James K Polk. He was a pretty good president
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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #3

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Hard to measure a president because they all have hits and misses.
Strictly going on "he didn't seem that bad", I'll nominate James Monroe
William McKinley and Calvin Coolidge.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:10 PM   #4

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Jimmy Carter, definitely Jimmy Carter
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Ulysses S Grant.

He had probably the most liberal attitude towards 'minorities' of any president before the mid-20th Century. But history just likes to remember him for being scandalous and corrupt; on a personal level, he was neither.
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Ulysses S Grant.

He had probably the most liberal attitude towards 'minorities' of any president before the mid-20th Century. But history just likes to remember him for being scandalous and corrupt; on a personal level, he was neither.
He was not a corrupt or scandalous man, but all of his friends he appointed positions in his adminstration sure were.

As for another underrated President, Chester A. Arthur. He showed a willingness to embrace reform after a history of well-paying "spoilsman" jobs and signed the Pindleton Act, which helped to reduce favoritism in government jobs.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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John Tyler.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:47 PM   #8

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Ulysses S Grant.

He had probably the most liberal attitude towards 'minorities' of any president before the mid-20th Century. But history just likes to remember him for being scandalous and corrupt; on a personal level, he was neither.
I'll second this. been reading a bit about Indian Wars lately. I think history gives him a bad rating unnecessarily.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #9

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Ulysses S Grant.

He had probably the most liberal attitude towards 'minorities' of any president before the mid-20th Century.
This is one of the reasons the Lost Cause did their best to portray Grant negatively.
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