Washington to Obama: The USA's 44 Presidents, 1789 - 2009

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220 years of leadership

Here's a handy list of the Presidents of the United States, in the order they served, beginning with the 1st president, George Washington, "the father of our country" who took office in 1789, and ending with America's newly elected and future 44th president (as of January 20, 2009), Barack Obama.

Following each name are the years they served as president.

1. George Washington (1789 - 1797)

2. John Adams (1797 - 1801)

3. Thomas Jefferson (1801 - 1809)

4. James Madison (1809 - 1817)

5.  James Monroe (1817 - 1825)

6.  John Quincy Adams (1825 - 1829)

7.  Andrew Jackson (1829 - 1837)

8.  Martin Van Buren (1837 - 1841)

 

9.  William Henry Harrison (1841)

10.  John Tyler (1841 - 1845)

11.  James Knox Polk (1845 - 1849)

12.  Zachary Taylor (1849 - 1850)

 

13.  Millard Fillmore (1850 - 1853)

14.  Franklin Pierce (1853 - 1857)

15.  James Buchanan (1857 - 1861)

16.  Abraham Lincoln (1861 - 1865)

17.  Andrew Johnson (1865 - 1869)

18.  Ulysses S. Grant (1869 - 1877)

19.  Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 - 1881)

20.  James A. Garfield (1881)

 

21.  Chester A. Arthur (1881 - 1885)

22.  Grover Cleveland (1885 - 1889)

23.  Benjamin Harrison (1889 - 1893)

24.  Grover Cleveland (1893 - 1897)

25.  William McKinley (1897 - 1901)

26.  Theodore Roosevelt (1901 - 1909)

27.  William Howard Taft (1909 - 1913)

28.  Woodrow Wilson (1913 - 1921)

 

29. Warren G. Harding (1921 - 1923)

30. Calvin Coolidge (1923 - 1929)

31. Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933)

32.  Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 - 1945)

33.  Harry S. Truman (1945 - 1953)

34.  Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 1961)

35.  John F. Kennedy (1961 - 1963)

36.  Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 - 1969)

37.  Richard M. Nixon (1969 - 1974)

38.  Gerald R. Ford (1974 - 1977)

39.  Jimmy Carter (1977 - 1981)

40.  Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1989)

41.  George H. W. Bush (1989 - 1993)

42.  Bill Clinton (1993 - 2001)

43.  George W. Bush (2001 - 2009)

44.  Barack H. Obama (2009 - )

Huge stories behind each name

Each of the 44 presidents have full, rich biographies available about their lives, their wives. their politics and their particular contribution to the American story.

If there's a president you'd like to discover in detail, simply go to your favorite search engine (like Google, Yahoo, or Wikipedia) and type in that president's name. You'll find literally thousands of articles on each president.

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Comments 5 comments

Jeremy 7 years ago

22. Grover Cleveland 24. Grover Cleveland the same president is being counted twice and even on the news the count is wrong its 43


Mary 7 years ago

That's because Grover Cleveland ran twice!..it was NOT a mistake

Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was both the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States. Cleveland is the only American President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for President three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was the only Democrat elected to the Presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912. Cleveland's admirers praise him for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism.[1] As a leader of the Bourbon Democrats, he opposed imperialism, taxes, subsidies and inflationary policies, but as a reformer he also worked against corruption, patronage, and bossism.

Some of Cleveland's actions caused controversy even within his own party. His intervention in the Pullman Strike of 1894 in order to keep the railroads moving angered labor unions, and his support of the gold standard and opposition to free silver alienated the agrarian wing of the Democrats.[2] Furthermore, critics complained that he had little imagination and seemed overwhelmed by the nation's economic disasters—depressions and strikes—in his second term.[2] Even so, his reputation for honesty and good character survived the troubles of his second term. Biographer Allan Nevins wrote, "in Grover Cleveland the greatness lies in typical rather than unusual qualities. He had no endowments that thousands of men do not have. He possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence, and common sense. But he possessed them to a degree other men do not."[3]

Contents[hide]1 Family and early life 1.1 Childhood and family history 1.2 Education and moving west 1.3 Early career and the Civil War 2 Political career in New York 2.1 Sheriff of Erie County 2.2 Mayor of Buffalo 2.3 Governor of New York 2.4 Election of 1884 2.5 Nomination for President 2.6 Campaign against Blaine 3 First term as President (1885–1889) 3.1 Reform 3.2 Vetoes 3.3 Silver 3.4 Tariffs 3.5 Foreign policy 3.6 Marriage 3.7 Administration and Cabinet 3.8 Supreme Court appointments 4 Election of 1888 and return to private life 4.1 Defeated by Harrison 4.2 Private citizen for four years 5 Election of 1892 5.1 Democratic nomination 5.2 Campaign against Harrison 6 Second term as President (1893–1897) 6.1 Economic panic and the silver issue 6.2 Tariff reform 6.3 Labor unrest 6.4 Foreign policy 6.5 Cancer 6.6 Administration and Cabinet 6.7 Supreme Court appointments 6.8 States admitted to the Union 7 Later life and death 8 Honors and memorials 9 Notes 10 References 10.1 Sources 10.2 Further reading 11 External links


samantha 7 years ago

John Adams wasn't president from 1979 - 1801. that is a mistake. it was years 1797-1801. just pointing that out.


mia  7 years ago

Yup, Samantha was right John Adams served from 1797 through 1801.It was a silly mistake.Now you know.


jabari 2 years ago

very helpful

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