Whenever he thought about it, he felt terrible. And so, at last, he came to a fateful decision. He decided not to think about it. ~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who do you think is the most underrated US president? Who is your favorite US president? If you are Canadian (or not-Canadian but you like to study Canadian politics) you can answer about Prime Ministers if you'd prefer, though the only ones I know anything about are Trudeau, Harper and a little bit about the other Trudeau, and maybe Martin.

-history buff


Dear History Buff,

I am not a history buff, I don't know a whole lot about presidents and I have a general dislike of politics, but I have one thing to add: I went to the Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's historical estate) two years ago while on a family vacation and it was really nice. I know a lot of people don't like Andrew Jackson for very valid reasons, but one thing impressed me about him. He found out about a slave married couple that were about to be sold to two different families and paid a huge amount of money to buy them both so they didn't have to be separated. I now think better of him than I did before.



Dear Buff,

The answer to both questions is probably James K. Polk, the 11th president. He's not the most famous of presidents, and he was even considered the first "dark horse" presidential candidate. But he assumed the presidency with a specific agenda, then left office after four years having accomplished all of his goals. He wasn't a perfect person nor the perfect president, but I admire how much he managed to accomplish. Wikipedia even calls him the "least known consequential president."