You will find my notes for Richard J. Ellis’s book Old Tip vs. The Sly Fox: The 1840 Election and the Making of a Partisan Nation, a book in a 24-book series on presidential elections. The book focuses much more on the Whigs than on Van Buren, who seems to have lost a lot of the slyness that he had pre-presidency.
The 1828 Election: Random Interesting Facts
The notes for this election come from Vindicating Andrew Jackson: The 1828 Election and the Rise of the Two-Party System by Donald B. Cole, part of a 24-book series on presidential elections. I will post my notes on all of the other books.
The 1824 Election: Random Interesting Facts
My notes on Donald Ratcliffe’s The One-Party Presidential Contest: Adams, Jackson, and 1824’s Five-Horse Race can be found below. This book is part of 24-book series, with more books forthcoming. I aim to post my notes from all of them.
The 1800 Election: Random Interesting Facts
The following notes are for The Deadlocked Election of 1800: Jefferson, Burr, and the Union in the Balance by James Rogers Sharp, which is part of a multi-book series on presidential elections. I’ll post notes for every book.
The 1796 Election: Random Interesting Facts
I’ve finished reading a 24-book series on presidential elections by the University Press of Kansas. More books are probably forthcoming. I’ll update this list as I read any new books. But for now, I’ll post my notes for each of the books I’ve read, starting with The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy by Jeffrey L. Pasley.
A 36-Candidate Democratic Primary in 2020?
The Democratic primary will see at least 12 debates, starting with one as soon as June 2019 (only 6 months away). Apparently, the DNC are allowing for the possibility that there could be as many as “three dozen” candidates.
Ranking Andrew Jackson
Here’s my blog on Andrew Jackson, a president much in decline in presidential rankings, despite the current president’s fascination with the man. Jackson’s presidency is actually a mixed bag, and this blog attempts to give Jackson credit when it can, despite my personal dislike of Jackson’s presidency.
Ranking John Quincy Adams
Here’s my blog on John Quincy Adams, a potentially grand president who was stifled by the a Congress that didn’t share his foresight. Unfortunately, great ideas do not translate to a great presidency unless the ideas come to fruition.
Ranking James Monroe
Today’s blog responds to James Monroe. In the course of my lifetime Monroe has moved up and down in my personal ranking since there are so many ways to evaluate his impact on both foreign policy and on the slavery issue. My most current analysis is below.
Check my previous posts to find the rankings of previous presidents.
Ranking James Madison
Today’s blog responds to James Madison. I find Madison to be one of the most overrated presidents, and I give many reasons for this below.
Ranking Thomas Jefferson
Today’s blog looks at Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. Check my previous posts to find the rankings for Washington and the first Adams.
Thomas Jefferson 3rd President (1801-1809)
Score: 81/120 total points (67.5% ideal)
Ranking John Adams
Adams, a Federalist, inherited “non-partisan” Washington’s exclusively Federalist Party cabinet. Adams, who was something of an independent moderate, saw Alexander Hamilton’s existing influence on his cabinet members as a major drag on his presidency. Hamilton demanded Adams to use him and his cronies as key advisers for their party’s policy just as Washington had, but Adams proved to be less malleable.