Historians agree: Abraham Lincoln was the best US president. For C-SPAN's most recent Presidential Historians Survey, conducted in 2021, Lincoln topped the list as the most exceptional leader in American history. His strong leadership during the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation cemented his legacy as an iconic figure.
Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also belong to the exclusive group of living former U.S. leaders who can be celebrated this Presidents Day. Both presidents made significant strides in areas such as healthcare reform, international diplomacy, and economic recovery. Their impact on American society is still felt to this day.
However, it is essential to acknowledge the early presidents who shaped the nation's foundation. John Hanson, serving from November 5, 1781, to November 3, 1782, and Elias Boudinot, serving from November 4, 1782, to November 3, 1783, were among the first to hold the title of President under the Articles of Confederation.