10 Most Intelligent U.S Presidents
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10 Most Intelligent US Presidents.
The United States has enjoyed a handful of Knowledgeable presidents and in general, 46 presidents have ruled The United States of America up till now and we have been able to filter down our most intelligent Presidents both by their policies, decisions on sudden issues, and also their IQ stats.
Let’s dive into it;
1. John Quincy Adams.
IQ score: 168.75
John Quincy Adams served as the 6th U.S President from 1825 to 1829. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
John Quincy’s Legacy and Achievements;
Played a major role in the abolishing of Slavery.
A longtime opponent of slavery, Adams used his new role in Congress to fight it, and in the long run, he became the most prominent national leader opposing slavery. After one of his reelection victories, he said that he must “bring about a day prophesied when slavery and war shall be banished from the face of the Earth”. He wrote in his private journal in 1820. Remember historians acknowledge John Quincy Adams as a great writer too.
He purchased Florida from Spain
According to history.com, In 1819, The then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams achieved a diplomatic coup with the signing of the Florida Purchase Treaty, which officially put Florida into U.S. hands at no cost beyond the U.S. assumption of some $5 million of claims by U.S. citizens against Spain.
He successfully lead to fruition the signing of the treaty of Ghent in 1812 which brought a halt to the war in 1814.
2. Thomas Jefferson.
IQ score: 153.75
A lover of agriculture, he was also known to be versatile in architecture, and he was a talented surveyor and mathematician.
Jefferson’s achievements include writing the Declaration of Independence when he was in his early 30s.
Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy:
He was the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He moved cautiously to double the country’s territory; negotiated peace with France; and developed American trade. He remained an overachiever after retiring from office when he founded the University of Virginia.
3. John F. Kennedy
IQ score: 150.65
He was the 35th president of the United States. Popularly known as JFK. He was not just smart — he was a trooper and for most of his life, he fought chronic illnesses and refused to give in.
During his abbreviated presidency which lasted from 1961-1963, he faced some intense political situations.
John F. Kennedy’s Legacy:
Kennedy was known to have steered the U.S. through the Cold War, struggles with Cuba and the Middle East, and the rising civil rights and women’s equality movements.
4. Bill Clinton
IQ score: 148.8
He was the 42nd President of the United States who was on sit from 1993-2001.
Clinton established himself as a strong student in high school, which led to an opportunity to represent his school and meet JFK — a meeting that inspired him to enter public service.
The young Bill depended on scholarships to fund his education at Georgetown, then at Oxford, and finally at Yale Law School.
Bill Clinton’s Legacy;
He signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.
5. Thomas Woodrow Wilson
IQ score: 145.1
Wilson was an underachieving law school dropout, but he managed to pass the Georgia bar exam.
Woodrow Wilson is the 28th president who ruled between 1913-1921.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy:
Woodrow Wilson is remembered as an advocate for democracy, progressivism, and world peace, Wilson left a complex legacy that included re-segregating many branches of the federal workforce. He also helped negotiate a peace treaty that included a plan for the League of Nations.
6. Jimmy Carter (A tie)
IQ score: 145.1
Jimmy Carter, The 39th president was in office during a difficult time 1977-1981. Thanks to the Cold War, a slow economy at home, and an ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Carter was voted out of office after one term, but his post-presidency has been filled with humanitarian work and writing. He has authored more than two dozen books since leaving the White House.
Jimmy Carter’s Legacy:
A peace settlement between long-time enemies, Egypt and Israel.
7. John Adams
IQ score: 142.5
John Adams is the U.S.’ second president from 1797-1801. Father of the 6th President of the country. He was a lawyer, political theorist, and diplomat.
John Adams’ Legacy;
During colonial days, President John Adams pushed to create the American Navy to support the campaign for independence from Britain.
Impressively, in just five months, he built up a powerful sea force that included eight sailing ships; 10 carriage guns, and a number of swivel guns; 13 warships under construction; two Marine battalions; a commander; and eighteen naval officers.
8. Theodore Roosevelt
IQ score: 142.28
Theodore Roosevelt was America’s 26th president from 1901-1909. Interestingly, he was the youngest man to ever hold the job. When President William McKinley was assassinated, his 42-year-old vice president — Roosevelt — assumed the higher office.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy;
As president, he worked to bring Americans to clean food and medicine, established many national parks, expanded the Navy, began the construction of the Panama Canal, and successfully negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese war.
President Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
9. James Garfield
IQ score: 141.5
James Garfield is the 20th President of the United States. He assumed off in 1881. Served one of the shortest terms on record. Coming from humble beginnings, Garfield raised himself up from boat worker to carpenter, through college, and finally to the Ohio state Senate.
Garfield gave a very well-received presidential nomination speech for John Sherman in 1880 — and when none of the presidential hopefuls got enough support, Garfield himself was picked as the nominee.
James Garfield’s Legacy;
Once he became POTUS, he worked to cut corruption out of the post office and expand the U.S. Navy’s influence, and he advocated on behalf of civil rights for African-Americans. But he was fatally shot just six months after taking office.
10. Chester Arthur
IQ score: 141.5
Chester Arthur had been a successful lawyer and was President Garfield’s VP. After Garfield’s untimely death, Arthur stepped up to the top office and became the 21st president (1881-1885).
Chester Arthur’s Legacy;
During his presidency, Arthur persistently worked on civil service reform and brought about its actualization. This ensures that federal government positions would go to people based on merit, not political affiliation.
But his intellect wasn’t enough to win him a second term, largely because of a negative reputation that dogged him from an earlier job.
Arthur was charged with bribery and mishandling government money from his days as the politically powerful Collector of the Port of New York, but he was not convicted.