Letters, Aug. 20, 1945

Historical Appraisal

Sirs:

I think Richard Barringer did an excellent job in ranking the U.S. Presidents in TIME [July 23]. He places Washington and Lincoln in the first class in achievement and moral stature. In the second rank he places Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson. A third category includes Jefferson, Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt. . . .

With all this I agree, except that I would place Franklin Roosevelt in the cellar with Grant and Harding. . . . Grant was a great soldier, even if he was a bad President; Harding achieved success as...

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