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Most influential president: Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt?

Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. Ahead of President's Day 2018, we're asking Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact. Abraham Lincoln saw us through the Civil War. But Teddy Roosevelt was a trust buster and conservationist who was strong on foreign policy. Which president made the biggest impact? 🦅

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The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.

Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?

Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchup below!

#TeamLincoln

The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln saw America through the most contentious time in our history—the Civil War. As president, Lincoln preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and built up the Republican Party.

Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming president in 1861. Lincoln's victory immediately led to the secession of seven southern slave states who formed the Confederate States of America. The Civil War would be America's bloodiest wars, killing an estimated 620,000 men, or 2 percent of the entire U.S. population.

Lincoln famously declared all slaves "henceforward shall be free" in the Emancipation Proclamation:

I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, by actor John Wilkes Booth while watching a play.

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After President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States. At age 42, Roosevelt was the youngest president in the nation's history.

Roosevelt led the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and was elected governor of New York in 1898 before becoming McKinley's running mate. As president, Roosevelt championed progressive ideas that included trust busting railroad companies, supporting labor unions and prioritizing nature conservation. He also had a tough, but diplomatic approach to foreign policy, often saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick..."

Roosevelt gave a famous populist speech in 1912 right after getting shot in an assassination attempt:

I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose... I believe that the Progressive movement is making life a little easier for all our people; a movement to try to take the burdens off the men and especially the women and children of this country.
It is essential that here should be organizations of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. My appeal for organized labor is two-fold; to the outsider and the capitalist I make my appeal to treat the laborer fairly, to recognize the fact that he must organize that there must be such organization, that the laboring man must organize for his own protection, and that it is the duty of the rest of us to help him and not hinder him in organizing.

Roosevelt served one full term after finishing McKinley's term. He ran again in 1912 as a third party candidate for the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party, but lost. 

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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Most influential president: Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamLincoln
#TeamRoosevelt