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Legacies

Rick: I agree with your worst-prez picks. But how about worst presidential terms? Thomas Jefferson had a very good first term, and a very bad second one. As you say, Madison was a crummy president, but many of his problems were inherited from TJ.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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