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By the only clearly objective test our greatest president was William Howard Taft. (also Greatest Chief Justice, Greatest Secretary of War, Greatest Solicitor General….)
The only good politician is one who has been dead at least a generation.
The sure way to get a second term is to have a conflict going at the time of the election.A
Hamilton wanted a system of a Presidency for life or good behavior with a much looser standard for impeachment.
There was talk of impeaching George Washington over his pardon of persons involved in the Whiskey Insurrection of 1794. There was also talk of impeaching Jefferson for the Louisiana Purchase.
The election of 1840 was won by name recognition of William Henry Harrison over Martin Van Buren. Harrison was a war hero from the War of 1812 and earlier. Van Buren, father of the political machine was President of the United States.
Harrison gave the longest inaugural address, caught pneumonia and died 31 days later without having time to do substantial damage to the Republic.
Between 1837 and 1861, no President served more than a single term.
Only three Presidents have been elected directly from the Senate. They are Warren Harding, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first vice-president succeeding to the presidency to be elected in his own right.
Neither of the two world class intellectual Presidents went to high school. Jefferson learned what was necessary to running a Plantation at home and had some work at the College of William and Mary. Theodore Roosevelt had tutors and was published in scientific journals before entering Harvard.