Who Were the Most Influential American Presidents in History?
Here are some interesting and influential American presidents and their highlights; Theodore Roosevelt; was the first president to travel outside the U.S. on official business. He went to Panama to inspect the ongoing construction of the Panama Canal in 1906. Franklin D. Roosevelt: He was the first president of the U.S. to fly overseas. In 1943, he took Boeing 314 flying boat from Miami, with a few stops in Brazil, Belem, Trinidad, and Bathurst, where a Douglas C-54 Army transport airplane took his to Morocco for the Casablanca Conference. George W. Bush was the first to complete a marathon. He finished the Houston Marathon with 3 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds in the year 1993. Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, all three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album.
Initially, Eisenhower made his reputation as an outstanding military man. He became a five-star General and was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces for the United States during World War II. Soon after, he was elected as the 34th President of the U.S. and he served two terms.
Truman was a very unpopular president due to domestic problems in the country, such as a weak economy. When he ran for reelection, he wasn't given a chance but pulled off one of the biggest upsets in political history by winning. His two biggest legacies were the use of nuclear weapons to end World War II and the supervision and decision to rebuild Europe after the war, which was known as the Marshall Plan.
While Secretary of State, he was in charge of supervising the Louisiana Purchase. He co-wrote the Federalist Papers, which called for a strong central US Government. His wife, Dolly, became one of the most popular First Ladies because of her skill at entertaining at the White House.
Roosevelt was America's 26th President and one of the most interesting and popular. He is one of the faces on Mt. Rushmore. He was a cousin to another U.S. President and the youngest to ever be elected. He was known for his passion of all things, especially nature and was a very successful military man, leading a military unit, known as the Rough Riders, during the Spanish-American War.
Wilson was the 28th U.S. President and served for two terms. The most significant world event during his time was America entering World War I, caused by Germany attacking U.S. submarines. Wilson believed strongly in an organization that would push for all countries to get along and work together to make a better world.