The Presidency: What Links These Six?

What Links These Six?

Ronald Reagan may still be a triumphant and beloved figure to the American people, but the historians who evaluate presidential performance have consigned him to the cellar. In the first significant measure of his standing, scholars have rated Reagan "below average" -- down with five other mediocrities such as Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce.

Nearly 500 of the nation's top history professors responded to the Murray- Blessing update survey on presidential performance. They placed Reagan 28th on a list that includes 37 of the 40 U.S. Presidents. William Henry Harrison, who died after a month in office, and James Garfield, assassinated...

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