I began this site in January 2007 with the intention of examining each president in the context of his times.
I am more interested in how each man dealt with the problems and issues of his day than how he "ranks" against other presidents. Ranking them against each other in order of greatness produces a false understanding of these men, because each faced a unique set of circumstances. I am most interested in: their successes and failures in achieving their goals, how they used executive authority, how much they expanded executive authority, how they were elected president and why, and whether they dealt with the problems before them or passed them to the next man in line.
Examining the presidents from this perspective is producing some quite surprising results.
See the first post for the full explanation, although since that time I have revised my criteria somewhat. I decided against rewriting any of the earlier presidents except for minor additions, because I still agree with my conclusions.
Finally, this site has been revised to feature only the presidents of the 18th and 19th centuries (Washington through Cleveland).