Historians rate Jefferson seventh-best president
He may be #1 in Charlottesville's heart, but there are six others ahead of Thomas Jefferson when it comes to asking historians to rank the 43 Presidents of the United States. According to a new survey of American academics from C-SPAN, Mr. Jefferson comes in at #7, just ahead of Dwight D. Eisenhower and behind John F. Kennedy. Staunton native Woodrow Wilson comes in at #9, Albemarle resident James Monroe gets the #14 slot, and Orange's own James Madison cracks the top half at #20. Abraham Lincoln tops the list, while the profs rated James Buchanan the worst of all time.