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Most Influential President

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Started: 4/8/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Out of all the U.S. Presidents the most influential in my opinion is James K. Polk. Debate with me why 'Your' favorite president is better.


I will argue FDR is the most influencial president. Since we only have two rounds I will make my points precise and clear.
--Even before FDR got rid of the Great Depression, he was inspirational and supported everyone's hopes, saying "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." in his Inaugural Address.
--FDR did more in his first "hundred days" than any other US president, as said by;his first "Hundred Days" of Roosevelt's term were marked by the passage of 15 major laws. He also made the New Deal, creating many many organizations, to name a few, the CCC hired more than three million men to work on various projects, the TVA used the Tennessee River to provide electricity for the depressed areas, and the Social Security Act Created the Social Security System. (all from that same source). As summarized by this source;(again), "he proposed,.....a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes..."
--FDR also helped defeat the Nazi Germany within World War II, meeting with Winston Churchill to create the Atlantic Charter. see Even after he died, the Allies still won with his massive contributions.
As you can see FDR worked very hard, changing the tides of the Great Depression and helping win World War II, and that is why he is the most influential president in the United States.
Debate Round No. 1


FDR was an outstanding president but..
- James K. Polk also supported everyone's hopes by saying "May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family."
-He increased the size of the United States more than any other president through the acquisition of California and New Mexico as a result of the Mexican American War.
-He also claimed Oregon Territory after a treaty with England.
-He was a key figure in manifest destiny.
-He was also an extremely effective leader during the Mexican War.
-J.K.P did more in his one term then many other presidents ever did and that is why I think he is the most influential president.

Thanks for the quick debate @9spaceking


"...his one term..."
That is exactly why FDR is better. There's a reason they voted him four times in a row!
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