George Washington was elected to be the first president of the United States in 1789.
Washington was immensely popular and well respected among his fellow colleagues
He presided over the first constitution convention, where the United States Constitution was drafted.
Washington supported a reasonable tax system, a national bank and a stronger Federal government than that which Thomas Jefferson advocated. This helped in the economic progress and growth of America
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He took office during the struggles of the Great Depression, and led the country through World War II.
He brought comfort to Americans during a time of military upheaval and political uncertainty.
He was elected four times and stood longer as president than any other president before or since. This can show us the continual support he had of the American people.
His New Deal reforms laid the foundation for the modern welfare state and his speeches remain some of the most influential in American presidential politics.
1. Abraham Lincoln
He was elected to the presidency in 1861 and served until his assassination in 1865, throughout the American civil war.
His dedication to the preservation of the Union led the country through the difficult but transformative years of the Civil War
Campaigned for the eradication of slavery and reconciliation with the South.
His importance in the emergence of a modern, unified America is unquestioned.
He oversaw the