Over the years many presidents have ruled in the United States. Some of them became memorable names in the history of the world, while other became famous for the scandals they were involved in. Below you can discover 5 controversial US presidents that will definitely remain in history.
1. Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974)
Richard Nixon was the president of the United States during the war in Vietnam. When he tried to play the “peacemaker”, many people started to doubt his decisions. The interesting fact was that at the same time when he decided to end the Vietnam War, he commanded bombings in Cambodia.
2. John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963)
I think that JFK is the most popular President of the US, but there might be two sides of his Presidency. One version says that he was a great president who in the end was assassinated, while the other version indicates that he was a corrupt leader. His family did business with the mafia and his election was settled by them, some say.
3. Andrew Johnson (1865 – 1869)
Andrew Johnson was not very an appreciated American president. He insisted to bring the southern states back into the union, something that other citizens didn’t agree with. In 1868, Andrew Johnson was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act.
4. John Tyler (1841 – 1845)
John Tyler’s wasn’t considered to be a good ruler at his time. Opponents often called him “His Accidency” or “Acting President”. John Tyler surprised the Congressional Whigs by vetoing the legislation for a national banking act. In 1841, Tyler was expelled from the Whig Party, a few days after taking office and became known as “the man without a party”. Tyler was accused of misusing the veto.
5. Ulysses S Grant (1869 – 1877)
Ulysses Grant achieved international fame after he became Union General in the American Civil War. Black Friday was the first controversial moment in the administration of this American president. This was a financial crisis and a gold speculation dating back to September 1869. Created by Wall Street manipulators, this was a huge fraud which had drawn Grant, who prevented his treasury secretary from stopping it. And that wasn’t all. In 1875, another scandal broke, Grant being linked to the loss of more than $3 million. The President wasn’t accused with anything, but his credibility was much affected as Grant failed to react in a strong way.
Politicians can easily get involved in many controversial situations. These American presidents make no exception. Do you know any scandals involving US presidents?
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