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Old April 16th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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most intelligent American president


"intelligence" and "smartness" are really hard to define, but in your opinion which president do you view as the most intelligent, in terms of policy, history, important aspects of politics, and maybe even philosophy as well..

who do you view as the smartest president of all time?
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It is a slippery slope to say one president was smarter than the others. Here's my best guess:

1. Thomas Jefferson
2. John Adams
3. James Madison
4. Woodrow Wilson
5. Theodore Roosevelt
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I think Thomas Jefferson was extremely intelligent. And I think with a few exceptions, American presidents are in general intelligent people.
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Hoover was an engineer. I can't imagine him being anything but an intelligent man.
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I knew an Iranian ex-journalist who was advisor to several presidents on Middle Eastern matters from Eisenhower until Clinton; he passed on around Bush I and always stayed abreast of matters. During one conversation he said that without question Richard Nixon was the most intelligent President he'd ever met/known before or since.

There's something about a man raised as a Quaker who made money in the Navy playing cards that one cannot deny.
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"I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

- JFK remarked, at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere.
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Thomas Jefferson-past
Bill Clinton- modern
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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #8

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IMHO there's Wilson, TR, and everyone else.
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Add to this Teddy Roosevelt. The guy had a photographic memory and could read a book before breakfast. Occasionally reading three books a day.
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"I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

- JFK remarked, at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere.
This may be untrue but I've read that Thomas Jefferson was probably the last person on earth to "know everything". That is he knew everything that was known at that specific time of mankind's development. As I said, it is probably untrue, but it does point to both the breadth of his learning and the limits of scientific knowledge of the time.
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