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Historians Rank Every President

Reputations are a tricky thing. The reputations of some U.S. presidents grow stronger or change with time, especially when considered through a historical lens.

We have ranked 43 of the 44 presidents, using C-SPAN’s 2017 presidential historian survey as a guide. In the survey, 91 historians and professional observers scored each president in 10 categories of presidential leadership, including administrative skills, economic management, and international relations. Missing from this piece is President Donald J. Trump, who has been in office only a few months when the survey was completed.

No. 1 is Abraham Lincoln, even though he had many detractors during his presidency. So…
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