American Politician

Feb 2018
1
new york
Hi I would like some suggestions on an assignment. I have to choose an american politician between 1790-1995 to research about the impact they had on global events. I would like someone interesting, preferably someone not someone really well known like Abraham Lincoln. thanks
 

Asherman

Forum Staff
May 2013
3,406
Albuquerque, NM
The site rule is for students to demonstrate they have already made a good deal of progress in fulfilling their school assignments before our members become involved. We always know around this time of year students are feeling pressure to perform, and hope that our members will bail 'em out.

In your particular case ... If the assignment doesn't specifically limit you to U.S. Presidents, why not do your research on some other politician? Ben Franklin, or Dr. Kissinger, quickly spring to mind. If you are focused on the past Presidents, you have 45 interesting men and their stories to choose from. No one can, nor should they choose for you. Stategize so that your work stands out, and the best way to do that is to know your subject far beyond what is expected.

Let us know what you choose, and keep us abreast of your research and I'm sure you will find our members anxious to contribute to building your skills as a researcher and your knowledge base.
 
Jun 2017
2,969
Connecticut
Hi I would like some suggestions on an assignment. I have to choose an american politician between 1790-1995 to research about the impact they had on global events. I would like someone interesting, preferably someone not someone really well known like Abraham Lincoln. thanks
All sorts of interesting choices. Here's a good list of ones you should consider, none of whom became President, most of whom tried. These are all very interesting people for a variety of reasons. Giving brief summary for each.

Henry Clay(ran for President three times, was famous as the Great Compromiser, and crafted three compromises that prolonged the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's political idol, US Senate officially recognizes him as one of the 5 greatest US senators of all time)
Daniel Webster(arguably greatest lawyer and speaker of all time, anti slavery voice in the Senate from Massachusetts, US Senate officially recognizes him as one of the 5 greatest US Senators of all time)
Samuel Tilden(Governor of New York, arguably was elected President in 1876)
James Blaine(most important figure in the US Republican Party between Grant and TR, did basically everything except become President not for lack of trying)
William Jennings Bryan(Cross of Gold speech, youngest US Presidential nominee of all time and three time Presidential nominee and loser, Wilson's secretary of state who quit because he opposed Wilson's approach, the evolution trial, there's just a lot of really different and interesting stuff in this man's life)
Thomas Reed(famous Republican speaker of the House)
William Mcadoo(frontrunner for President who failed to win the nomination twice, Woodrow Wilson's Treasury Secretary and son in law)
Al Smith(first Catholic Presidential candidate. Could be seen as having implemented parts of the New Deal on the state level, he sheered sharply to the right during FDR's administration, he was also in charge of the construction of the Empire State building)
Charles Curtis(first native american Vice President, he was the running mate of a President whose Presidency sparked the Great Depression so people don't really like to talk about this, if a native american comes close to being elected President, expect him to get some more coverage)
Henry Wallace(arguably a socialist Vice President during the start of the Cold War.)
Robert Taft(The phrase neocon sparks from the fact that a conservative foreign policy really means isolationism or a limited foreign policy. Taft was the face of this movement in it's dying throes in the aftermath of WWII. US Senate officially recognizes him as one of the 5 greatest US Senators of all time)
Thomas Dewey(the guy most known for losing a Presidential election he was supposed to win, Dewey had a pretty interesting career as a New York DA with a reputation of being tough on crime. If you're interested in that sort of thing he seems pretty appealing.)

Most of the more modern ones are more well known and seeing how you want someone interesting but not well known(who probably should be) these are your best bets off of the top of my head).
 
Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
Hi I would like some suggestions on an assignment. I have to choose an american politician between 1790-1995 to research about the impact they had on global events. I would like someone interesting, preferably someone not someone really well known like Abraham Lincoln. thanks
I don't know much about US presidents, but even with limited knowledge: surely Woodrow Wilson would be a good choice?

Fair enough, he's well known, and the Americans had embraced Colonialism prior to WW1; but Wilson's foreign policy changed the United States forever?
 
Apr 2012
1,040
The Netherlands
I think FDR would be a very safe bet if the focus is their impact on global events. You can't get more global than the guy who was in charge during World war II and the American transition to the world's leading super power.