Worst Historical US Presidents
Who were the worst US Presidents and what did they do to earn such a title? After all, never has there been a unanimously beloved president, to say the least. But by hook or by crook, the following presidents earned themselves a spot on this list as the worst men to have ever taken office. While you may or may not agree with my list (and hey-it’s politics, you probably don’t), these men are generally accepted by many historians to be the worst leaders our country has ever had. Millard Fillmore, while serving as the 13th president of the Untied States, chose to support a compromise (the Compromise of 1850) that would add California as a state, as well as New Mexico and Utah as territories. However, this compromise also put into effect a national fugitive slave law. Fugitive slave laws were typically very harsh and restricted to southern states or at least states where slavery was still in effect. Having a president who would support a national slave law only lead to further division between the nation, which was on its way to a civil war as it was.
Herbert Hoover, our 31st POTUS, makes it onto our list of worst US Presidents not because of malicious intent but rather because of poor reforms installed during his presidency that severely hurt the economy. Hoover also signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff into law, which raised tariffs on over twenty thousand products. This slowed the economy to a standstill, as far less nations were willing to trade or do business with the United States due to unnecessarily high tariff regulations. In fact, many nations crated their own tariffs in retaliation, which served to slow international business and make the global depression worse than it already was. Johnson was guilty of opposing the Freedman’s Bureau Bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the Fourteenth Amendment. Franklin Pierce was another pre-civil war president who did not do enough to steer the country from truing down the road of violent bloodshed against one another.
The largest issue of the 14th president’s presidency was the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 was an act that was signed by Pierce which allowed a newly acquired territory, Nebraska, to be admitted as a slave state in order to gain popularity with southerners. The Act outraged northerners, infuriated southerners who felt that northern objection to the act was an example of how the northern states seemingly were allowed to have more power and benefit from the government. The signing of the act as well as dividing the country, is considered by historians to be the single most influential act towards the cause of the civil war seven years later. Richard Nixon is most infamous for the Watergate Scandal that took place during his campaign for reelection in 1974, a key factor in making our 37th one of the worst US Presidents. Ironically, this massive scandal turned out to be rather inconsequential for criteria required to make it onto the list of our country’s worst presidents once Nixon was found guilty of cheating during the election. Our tenth POTUS John Tyler marked the end of an era where US presidents were only selected from white, aristocratic families.
As president, Tyler fought against the prospect of extending voting rights to men who did not own property as well as opposing laws that would lead to abolition of slavery. In true ‘Worst President’ form, Tyler fought to preserve strong, southern, white aristocratic values as the foundation for United States government. One factor that gets Ulysses S. Grant to be one of the worst U.S. Whiskey Ring incident. This saw government officials finding and providing loopholes for tax evasion scams that were perpetrated by whiskey makers who shared the profits with said officials. By his own admission, Harding was not fit to be our 29th president. As president during the early part of the Roaring Twenties, Harding acted in just that way. While he was known to party and keep late hours, his actions in office also reflected the times. Harding provided tax cuts for the wealthy, blocked anti-trust actions, and opposed organized labor. Either way, a president that unable to control his cabinet is a poor president by anyone’s standards. Andrew Jackson, once dubbed “A Man of the People”, did indeed do good things for America while in office but is considered nonetheless among the most evil-hearted people to ever take office. The Indian Removal Act saw over four thousand Native Americans perish on their march out west. This could be considered genocide, arguably no different than the Bataan Death March by the Japanese army to American POWs during WWII or Concentration Camp Death Marches enacted by the Nazi’s on their POWs during the same war. Jackson’s forced displacement is grossly un-American and is what makes him one of the worst president of all time. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
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