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12/31/2015 01:32 pm ET

These Presidents Had The Worst Final Years In The Oval Office

Sorry, James Buchanan.

Though we often portray a president at the end of his term as a "lame duck" with fading influence, a commander-in-chief's legacy is often solidified during those final months in office. So which Oval Office occupants have had the worst end to their residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

After Politico explored the question of which presidents had the best last year in office, HuffPost Live hosted a panel discussion to come up with our own answers. We couldn't conclude the conversation without chatting about the presidents who marred their own legacies before handing over the most powerful job in the country. 

Watch historians share their picks for the presidents with the worst final years in office above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the end of a presidency. 

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