ELBURN—Last week this country celebrated the birthdays of two of the greatest men to ever serve as president of the United States of America: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. But while those two men are undoubtedly at or near the top of every “most respected U.S. presidents” list, they’re not quite unanimous selections (although Lincoln is pretty close, as you’ll see below). The truth is, plenty of other presidents are just as beloved as the first and 16th presidents in United States history. And to get an idea of who those other presidents are, the Elburn Herald asked Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School students to submit letters noting their favorite president and the reason for their selection. Here are their responses.
“My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln because he loved kids and was smart.”
“My favorite president is Abe Lincoln because he helped end slavery.” Sean M.
“My favorite is Abraham Lincoln. I like him because he was the one who helped us.”
“My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln because he stopped slavery.”
“My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln because he led us out of slavery.”
“My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln because he liked to write poems.”
“My favorite president is Barack Obama because he won the presidency twice.”
“I think George Washington was the best president because he was the first president, and he led the war.” Tanis G.
“My favorite president is Abe Lincoln because he helped stop slavery.” Sedona T.
“My favorite president is Abe Lincoln because he loved reading and liked kids.”
“Abraham Lincoln. He freed slaves, and he also brought the United States together.”
“My favorite president is George Washington because he was our first president.”
“I think George Washington is the best president because he led us through a war and taught us so much. One of the things he taught us is to keep fighting, because he did.”
“My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln. He treated our country respectfully and nicely.”
“I think George H. W. Bush was a good president. He was nice and the 41st president. He has a good personality.”
“Abraham Lincoln, because Abe was a good citizen, he believed in many things and he freed many people. He was a very honest man.”
“I think George Washington is the most important president because he is the one who sailed across the Delaware River, and he was a part of how we won. That’s why he is my favorite president of all time.”
(Matthew included a ratings chart with his submission, with George Washington at 100 percent, Gerald Ford at 90 percent, Abraham Lincoln at 85 percent and Barack Obama at 25 percent)
“My favorite president is Teddy Roosevelt because he was on a motorcycle team.”
“In my opinion, I like Abraham Lincoln. That reason is because he tried to stop slavery. I hope everyone in the world thinks something special about Abraham Lincoln.”
“I think Theodore Roosevelt was the best president . He helped to save nature by helping to make the National Park Service. I think that was a very good thing to do.”
“I think Barack Obama, because he’s making this world a better place.”
“I think the best president is Barack Obama because he is the first black president and that makes him the best and special!”
“I chose Abraham Lincoln because he stopped slavery, and because he was shot. He was a hero!”
“I think Abraham Lincoln, because he freed most of the slaves, and he was brave. I don’t think he should’ve been shot. He was very brave, and that’s why I like him.”
“George Washington was the first president of the United States. He was a hero who was famous for his record. George Washington was a commander-in-chief of the continental army during the Revolutionary War, and one of the founding fathers of the United States community. He was born Feb. 22, 1731, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and died Dec. 14, 1799, in Mount Virginia.”
“Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. I think Abraham Lincoln is the best president because he stopped slavery. Slavery is very bad, but Abraham Lincoln was brave enough to stop it. But in 1865 he was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth. Abraham Lincoln was said to have never lied in his lifetime. Some people call him Honest Abe.”
“George Washington was the best president of the United States of America, in my opinion. He bounded America and got all the states together. Also, he was an officer in the Revolutionary War.”
“I think Abraham Lincoln was the best president. He ended slavery because he felt keeping slaves was not fair. He ended up ending slavery because of his smart brain and his kind personality. The tall-hatted president is on the $5 bill and the American penny. Abraham Lincoln was truly the best president.”