Was Thomas Jefferson a great president? One's answer to that question depends on how one defines "greatness." If we define greatness as how far a president leads the United States down its historically determined path toward the centralized interventionist state, then Jefferson fails to qualify.
Sometimes I recoil a little when somebody declares that there can be an American president greater than George Washington. Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee declared Washington, “First in the hearts of his countrymen.” Washington is great for many things, but perhaps he is greatest for the manner in which he surrendered power not once but twice. One of the best recent commentaries written ...
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to be elected four times, serving 12 years in office from March 4, 1933 to his death on April 12, 1945. Fireside Chats On March 12, 1933, just eight days after first taking office, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated his first of more than 30 fireside chats.
Warren Gamaliel Harding was born on November 2, 1865, on a farm in the small Ohio community of Corsica (present-day Blooming Grove). He was the oldest of eight children of George Harding (1843-1928), a farmer who later became a doctor and part owner of a local newspaper, and Phoebe Dickerson Harding (1843-1910), a midwife.