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Star lover
February 19th, 2018, 09:15 AM
Well it's Presidents Day here in the states......so some interesting info....take with a grain of salt...not sure if this guy really knows what he's talking about....but fun never the less.

Dean Simonton estimated their scores based on certain personality traits noted in their biographies that would indicate a higher-than-average level of intelligence, such as "wise," "inventive," "artistic," "curious," sophisticated," "complicated," and "insightful." Simonton is a professor at the University of California.

Top 15 Smartest Presidents....

15. Franklin Pierce:
Franklin Pierce was the 14th president and served between 1853 and 1857.

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By Simonton's estimates, Pierce had an IQ of 141. After graduating from Bowdoin College, Pierce was elected to the New Hampshire legislature at the age of 24 and became its speaker two years later.

14. John Tyler:
John Tyler served as the 10th US president after his predecessor, William Henry Harrison, died in April 1841.

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Tyler attended the College of William and Mary and studied law. Although he had an (estimated) IQ of 142, his peers often didn't take him seriously because he was the first vice president to become president without having been elected.

13. Millard Fillmore:
Millard Fillmore was the 13th president and the last Whig president.

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He had an IQ of 143, according to Simonton's estimates, and lived the quintessential American dream. Born in a log cabin in the Finger Lakes country of New York in 1800, Fillmore became a lawyer in 1823 and was elected to the House of Representatives soon after.

12. Franklin D. Roosevelt:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression, serving an unprecedented four terms as the nation's 32nd president from 1933 from 1945.

With an estimated IQ of 146, Roosevelt attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School before entering politics as a Democrat and winning election to the New York Senate in 1910.

11. Abraham Lincoln:
Abraham Lincoln became the country's 16th president in 1861, shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

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The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln worked on a farm and split rails for fences while teaching himself to read and write. He had an IQ of 148, according to Simonton's estimates, and was the only president to have a patent after inventing a device to free steamboats that ran aground.

10. Chester Arthur:
Chester Arthur succeeded James Garfield as America's 21st president after Garfield was assassinated in 1881. He had an IQ of 148, according to Simonton's estimates.

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Arthur graduated from Union College in 1848 and practiced law in New York City before being elected vice president on the Republican ticket in 1880.

9. James Garfield:
James Garfield was the 20th US president, serving for less than a year before being assassinated in 1882.

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A graduate of Williams College, Garfield had an IQ of 148, according to Simonton's estimates.

8. Theodore Roosevelt:
Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th and youngest president in the nation's history at the age of 43. He had an IQ of 149, according to Simonton's estimates.

Roosevelt graduated Phi Betta Keppa from Harvard in 1880, according to the White House. He then went to Columbia to study law, which he disliked and found to be irrational.

7. Woodrow Wilson:
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president and leader of the Progressive Movement. He had an estimated IQ of 152.

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Wilson was the president of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910 before serving as the governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913.

6. Jimmy Carter:
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. served as the 39th president of the US from 1977 to 1981. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work in advancing human rights around the world and has an IQ of 153 by Simonton's estimates.

Carter graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and was elected Governor of Georgia in 1970.

5. James Madison:
Hailed as one of the fathers of the Constitution, James Madison had an IQ of 155, according to Simonton's estimates.

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Madison graduated from what is now Princeton University in 1771 and went on to study law.

4. Bill Clinton:
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton was the 42nd President, serving from 1993-2001. He has an IQ of 156 by Simonton's estimates.

After graduating from Georgetown, winning a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and earning a law degree from Yale in 1973, Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978.

3. John F. Kennedy:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the US, serving less than 3 years before he was assassinated in 1963. He had an IQ of 158, according to Simonton's estimates.

Kennedy graduated from Harvard in 1940 and joined the Navy shortly thereafter. He was elected president in 1960.

2. Thomas Jefferson:
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father and served as the country's third president between 1801-1809. He had an IQ of 160, according to Simonton's estimates.

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Jefferson graduated from the College of William and Mary before going on to study law.

And drum roll....

1. John Adams:
John Adams was the second president from 1797 to 1801, after serving as the nation's first vice president under George Washington. He had an IQ of 173, according to Simonton's estimates.

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Adams studied law at Harvard and was an early supporter of the movement for US independence from the British.


Sorry I couldn't include photos of all these Presidents.....the forum will only allow 10 pics.

KPH
February 19th, 2018, 09:30 AM
McKinley was my great grandfather's first cousin. My great grandfather had been to see him the day before he was assassinated.

Anitamae56
February 19th, 2018, 10:51 AM
Very interesting, read it twice. Thank you!

grammaterry
February 19th, 2018, 11:04 AM
Good thing they weren't being elected on their looks!! Maybe we should start putting a paper bag over all the candidates heads when they are on television so we elect solely on their conversation

auntstuff
February 19th, 2018, 12:46 PM
Good thing they weren't being elected on their looks!! Maybe we should start putting a paper bag over all the candidates heads when they are on television so we elect solely on their conversation

Better yet; tape their mouths shut too, and go just by their actual deeds. I would much rather know what they ARE than what they SAY.

LauraP
February 19th, 2018, 01:01 PM
More trivia:
Washington was a redhead and grew marijuana which was used to make rope and sails for ships. He also owned the largest brewery in the country.

auntstuff
February 19th, 2018, 07:36 PM
That would be hemp, a very close relative of marijuana, for rope making. Marijuana itself would make pretty poor rope.

Hulamoon
February 19th, 2018, 08:05 PM
Good thing they weren't being elected on their looks!! Maybe we should start putting a paper bag over all the candidates heads when they are on television so we elect solely on their conversation

That made me laugh. Lincoln could be cast on the Walking Dead.

auntiemern
February 21st, 2018, 12:36 AM
That would be hemp, a very close relative of marijuana, for rope making. Marijuana itself would make pretty poor rope.

They are both cannabis. The only difference is the amount of THC and CBD they contain. Just an FYI.

auntstuff
February 21st, 2018, 08:37 AM
There is also a difference in fiber, which would be the point, if you are making rope.


Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica generally has poor fiber quality and female buds from this variety are primarily used for recreational and medicinal purposes. The major differences between the two types of plants are the appearance, and the amount of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) secreted in a resinous mixture by epidermal hairs called glandular trichomes, although they can also be distinguished genetically.[75][77]