Andy DeSoto

How Long Do We Remember A President's Legacy?

Dec 9, 2014
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, seen from the viewing plaza on June 4, 2003.
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Quick: How many presidents can you name?

From the start, there was George Washington. Then John Adams. Thomas Jefferson. Then ... 

Two Washington University researchers have found that most presidents are forgotten 50 to 100 years after leaving office, “unless something really, really important happened in their regime, or they’re one of the early presidents,” said Henry “Roddy” Roediger, a Washington University psychology professor.