your definition of "worst" is flawed, to say the least. Deliberate disdain for the document they swear to uphold and defend, that is a pretty good candidate for 'worst' to my mind.
What Lincoln preserved cannot be called a "union" if membership is compulsory.
I'd call 1913 a banner year for the worst of government.
And the end of the dream? Would you not put that at least in the top ten?