• One of the worst US presidents in history wasn't just incompetent - it was his beliefs that led to failure

    9 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    • US President James Buchanan is considered one of the worst presidents in American history.
    • His failure can't simply be attributed to incompetence.
    • The Pennsylvania native was overly sympathetic to Southern interests.
    History hasn't looked too fondly upon former US President James Buchanan.
    Just take a look at CSPAN's 2017 presidential rankings. Buchanan's dead last. According to the Constitution Center , he's been in the bottom three of every major poll ranking US presidents since 1948.
    Today, Buchanan's failure to hold the Union together and stop the secession of the South is held...
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  • 20 US presidents who belonged to shadowy secret societies

    20 US presidents who belonged to shadowy secret societies

    9 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    • A good number of US presidents have belonged to secret societies over the years.
    • In fact, a whopping 14 presidents were Freemasons .
    • But others belonged to a range of secret societies, from college groups to something called the "Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo."
    Secret societies always get the ominous treatment in fiction.
    Are there any movies with remotely benevolent secret orders? Most fictional secret societies are usually more bogged down with dressing in outdated robes, chanting ominously, doing sacrifices, or hatching nefarious global plots.
    So, to the paranoid mind, it probably...
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  • Here's what it was like to be George Washington, who was dethroned as the richest president in US history

    Here's what it was like to be George Washington, who was dethroned as the richest president in US history

    9 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    • Donald Trump is now the wealthiest person to ever become president.
    • Before him, George Washington was considered the richest president in history.
    • He had an estimated net worth of $525 million , in today's dollars.
    Donald Trump is the wealthiest president in history.
    Forbes estimates his net worth is $3.1 billion , although he's previously claimed to be worth much more than that.
    And, since the president never released his tax returns , his financial situation is still somewhat unclear.
    Still, it appears that he's the first ever billionaire to ascend to the White House.
    Until now...
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  • The 17 weirdest jobs of US presidents

    The 17 weirdest jobs of US presidents

    9 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    • Many US presidents ascended to the White House with a background in law or politics, or a record of military service .
    • But, over the course of history, some presidents have held down rather unusual jobs.
    • From bartenders to Hollywood actors, here's a look at some of the weirdest roles presidents had on their résumés.
    Picture the résumé of an average US president.
    It likely starts off with a degree from a top school, and includes a stint working in law or Congress. It might even feature some military service .
    But the presidents on this list have a few unconventional gigs to add to...
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  • The top 20 presidents in US history, according to historians

    The top 20 presidents in US history, according to historians

    9 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Abraham Lincoln was voted the best president in US history.
    Almost 100 historians and biographers rated the 43 former presidents on ten qualities of presidential leadership.
    Notable best presidents include George Washington at No.2, Thomas Jefferson at No. 7, and Barack Obama at No. 12.
    It should come as little surprise to anyone that, for the third time in a row, historians agree that Abraham Lincoln was the best US President.
    But what about our newest former president?
    As part of C-SPAN's third Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership , almost 100 historians and biographers rated the...
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