Throughoutthe American history, United States of America has had many greatleaders. From 1865 when President Andrew Johnson became presidentuntil 2009 when George W. Bush became president, several leaders haveleft tremendous marks. The president is the Commander-in-chief of thearmed forces. Great power come great responsibility. President of theU.S. took power and transformed the economy and made a strongfoundation that has been felt up to this day. In addition, they donot just leave a mark, but the bricks that make the foundations ofhistory. This study aims at presenting the president that left thegreatest landmark in American history from 1865 to 2009.
Thegreatest President in American History from 1865 to 2009
Oneof the leaders that left a great landmark in American history isFranklin Delano Roosevelt. He was born on 30thJanuary, 1882 in New York. He graduated from Columbia Law School andHarvard University. He later married Eleanor in 1905. While seekingto follow his path toward the civic duty, like Theodore Roosevelt hiscousin, he took a seat on the senate in 1910. He was then appointedas the Assistant Secretary of the navy by President Woodrow Wilsonfrom 1913 for a period of seven years up to 1920. At 39, he wasstruck with polio and thus lost the use of his legs (Winkler,2006).
In1928, he became the governor and administered New York first GreatDepression response.Facedwith World War 11 and the Great Depression and World War II, heguided the Americans through domestic crisis. His presidency lastedfor 12 years. During this time, the presidency was unparalleled inlength and scope. FDR took office in a country where debilitatingand horrible economic depression was on the convergence. Hiscombination of optimism, political savvy and confidence all that cameduring the hard time helped him bring the national recovery. Duringthe first month of his office, he fought the Great Depression bypushing legislation that found the financial and banking industryreform. He further tried to kill the ills affecting agriculture andfurther attempted to revive American business. To cover the direneeds of unemployment and starvation, FDR provided direct cash relieffor jobs and poor programs he thus calmed a worried public (Faragher,2003).
Inthe matters to do with foreigners, FDR was committed to defeating thepowers of the fascism in Germany, Italy and Japan. This victory inessence altered the relationship of America with the world thusproviding guidance to international prominence site that has beenfelt up to this day. By the virtue of economic and political power,as well as moral and political leadership, U.S. played a pivotal rolein shaping the 20thcentury. Democratic Party created a power base that carried itself toelectoral and ideological position. In the governance, his policiesstrengthened and redefined the state of America most importantly thepresidency, administrative and constitutional power expansion ofoffice (Faragher,2003).
In1935, there was enactment of social and economic legislation. Forinstance, the Wagner act gave the labor unions a capacity tocollectively bargain and organize giving them a new legitimacy. Thesocial security law presented programs that provided the needs forthe aged, unemployed and the poor. By the end of his second term inoffice, they insisted that the federal government should stimulatethe national economy(Winkler, 2006).
Duringthe 1941 attack by Japan, FDR proved to be a talented real time warleader. By 1943, the U.S. military had turned the tide against Japanand Germany (Faragher,2003).FDR never saw the end of world waras a result of his sudden deathcouple with cerebral hemorrhage, FDR remain boldest Leader of U.S.who left a landmark that has been felt up to this day since Americanemerged as the foremost.
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