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The 44 men who have been president are divided into four groups of eleven. The groups are based on the location of the presidents’ home states. Within each group, we have given them a “seed,” just like in the NCAA basketball tournament. The seed was based on how well we think they would do in hand-to-hand combat at about the age of 35 (no, FDR, won’t be fighting as a polio-riddled man in a wheelchair).
The seeds were used to make brackets, again, as in the NCAA tournament. Since there are only eleven in each group rather than sixteen, the top five seeded presidents will get a bye in the first round. The presidents seeded 6-11 will square off against each other, and then the winners will advance to the second round.
Here’s how we decided which president won each match: The members of the Facebook Group American History Fanatics voted on the contest in a poll in the summer of 2017. Based on these results the tournament proceeded.