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All The American Presidents In Chronological Order

Updated on May 23, 2016

US Presidents

US Presidents
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00:00:01 George Washington

The American Revolutionary War has ended. Its the top of the hour and George Washington is going to be the first President of America. Its 1789. he is the American premier for the next 2'10", during which the whiskey revolution occurs.

The next 1'05" brings John Adams to office. He takes us into the 19th Century and is one of the committee instrumental in drafting the Declaration Of indepedence. In 1800 the Library Of Congress is founded.
Thomas Jefferson will take us to our first five minutes past the hour. Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana terratory, the Barbary Wars happen and slave trade with africa ends.

The Era Of Good Feelings

The next 2'10", office is held for two terms by James Madison. he is a founding father of the United States Of America. The War Of 1812 is fought against the British.
James Monroe becomes the fifth president for the next 2'10". His term is known as the "Era of Good Feelings". In 1817 the Harvard Law School is founded.

John Quincy Adams will take us to the 10 minute mark, 10'50" to be exact. He is the eldest son of John Adams, the second president.
Andrew Jacksons' 2'10" in power sees the Texas War of Independence and The Oregan Trail opens. The Battle of Alamo occurs during Martin Van Burens presidency. There is an economic depression causing food riots and will be known as the "Panic of 1837"


There's Gold In Them Thar Hills

William Harrison is only in office for about one and half seconds when he dies at the age of 68.
John Tyler becomes the 10th president of the USA and takes us past the quarter hour stage. He makes Florida part of the union and approves the annexation of Texas.
One minute and five seconds is the time James Knox Polk spends as president. During his term in the Oval Office Texas and California are added to the United States, the Mexican-American War is fought and there is a gold rush in California.
Zachary taylor spends 20 seconds in power before becoming the second president to die while in office. He also brings us to 1850. Millard Fillmore is number 13 to take over and holds it for 48 seconds. He is not a popular politician due to his support of slavery in the South.

Civil War

The next minute and five seconds belong to Franklin Pierce. He promotes the plans for a trans continental railroad. In 1856 the Pottawatomie Massacre happens.
The only bachelor to ever serve in the White House is James Buchanan, for 1'05". During his tenure the Pony Express is born.
As the twentieth minute and 35 seconds Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th president. He is instrumental in the abolition of slavery. The American Civil War begins during his presidency. He is elected for a second term when, in April 1865, he is assassinated at the age 56. Andrew Johnson takes over for the next 65 seconds and its here that the Ku Klux Klan are formed while Alaska is purchased from Russia. Johnson is the first president to be impeached.

Ulysses Simpson Grant spends 2'10" as the president, he is a military hero of the Civil war. During his term there is the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871,the Civil Rights Act, the Battle of Little Big Horn and Yellowstone National Park is established.

Taking us to 24'55" is Rutherford Birchard (which along with Barack Obama brings you to the conclusion that having a funny name isn't necessarily a big disadvantage if you aspire to be the President of the USA) Whilst Birchard is in charge the second industrial revolution starts.
It's 1881 and James Abram Garfield becomes the twentieth president for about 11 seconds before he is assassinated. Chester Alan Arthur spends the next 1'05" until 26 minutes past.The Chinese Exclusion Act and the European Restriction Acts are passed.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument
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Into The 20th Century

The Washington Monument is completed while Grover Cleveland spends his first minute or so in the Oval Office. He gives way to Benjamin Harris and during his 1'05" in presidency, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurs. In 1893 Grover Cleveland is re-elected for his second term and he remains to this day the only president to serve a discontinuous term. Meanwhile gold is discovered in Yukons Klondike.
The 25th president is William McKinley during which America gains Puorto Rico, Gaum, Philippines and Hawaii from the Spanish. He is shot by Leon Czolgosz and dies a few days later. McKinley has taken us into the 1900s and round to 30'20"...completing the first half hour.

All The President Men


20th Century

It's 1901 and 30 minutes and 20 seconds have passed. For the next 2'10" Theodore Roosevelt will occupy the White House. He is the 26th president. He negotiates to take control in building the Panama Canal. Iconic symbols of the 21st century start under Roosevelts administration. The Ford Motor Company begins, the first World Series is played and the F.B.I. are established

William Howard taft is in office for the next 1'05", during which the RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage to America. Woodrow Wilson will be U.S. president for the 2'10" the Great War is fought and the first radio broadcast in Pittsburgh is heard. Taking us to 36'15" past the hour and into the Roaring Twenties for 32 seconds is Warren Gamaliel Harding. He dies after three years as premier. John Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th president and lasts 97 seconds, before, again, dying while in office. His term sees Charles Lindburgh fly the first trans-atlantic flight while "The Jazz Singer" becomes the first "talkie" at the movie theatres.

Herbert Hoover And Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gangsters, Dictators and Communists

In the next minute Herbert Clark Hoover takes over presidency after Coolidge dies. He is blamed for the Wall St Crash of 1929 and the subsequent "Great Depression". Meanwhile the "St Valentine's Day Massacre" occurs and the Empire State Building opens. At 39 minutes past the hour sees Franklin D. Roosevelt takes over the Oval Office for 3'15". A 12 year stretch as president during the Second World War. Popularly known as FDR he dies during his fourth term. Harry S. Truman takes charge for 2'10" and as the Cold War begins, he helps create the United Nations and N.A.T.O. is formed.

JFK And Eisenhower


Jivin',Twistin' and Groovin'

It's 1953 and taking us to the last quarter of an hour is Dwight D. Eisenhower. While Hillary and Tensing climb Everest, Eisenhower initiates the end of the Korean War and the beginning of the Interstate Highway System. Meanwhile Bill Haley and Elvis Presley start making "Rock n Roll" records.
Into the Swinging Sixties and the next 32 seconds sees John F. Kennedy become the 35th president as the torch is passed to a new generation.
He deals with the Cuban Missile Crises, but is assassinated on November 23rd 1963. He is succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson who presides up to 48'48". While Martin Luther king has a dream, Johnson actively initiates Civil Rights and Social Services domestically, but his downfall is his continued support of the Vietnam War.




Richard Milhouse Nixon becomes President in 1969 for 81 seconds and takes to 50 minutes past the hour. Man lands on the moon and Nixon brings a ceasefire to the Vietnam War. Unfortunately he ends up resigning from office due to his involvement in the Watergate Scandal.

Gerald Ford becomes the 38th president for 48 seconds during the mid-seventies. It's while he is in power the U.S.A celebrates its bicentennial anniversary after 200 years of independence.

At 51'55" Jimmy Carter steps into the Oval Office. He negotiates peace talks with Israel and Egypt, as the Russians invade Afghanistan.

The Iranian hostage are released as Ronald Reagan takes presidency for the next 2'10". Almost immediately an assassination attempt in 1981 by John Hinckley fails, allowing Reagan to deal with the Star Wars program, the Space Shuttle flights, Margaret Thatcher, the Iran-Contra scandal and the Russians.

For the next 1'05" and taking us into the last five minutes of the hour is George Bush whose term is dominated by the Gulf War in 1991. This becomes the first war that is broadcast live and introduces the world to CNN news channel.

Bush Snr..........Obama.....Bush Jnr......Clinton...............Carter


The Last Few Minutes

Bill Clinton comes to power for 2'10" and will be the president that takes the U.S.A. into the 21st century and through the longest period of peacetime. Not necessarily for Clinton though. In 1998 he is impeached in regard to a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. He is acquitted and at 57'20" George W. Bush becomes the 43rd President. He is only 10 seconds into his term when the 9/11 atrocities occur sparking the "War On Terror" campaign, while Facebook is launched, Super Tuesday Tornadoes strike, and Hurricane Katrina arrives. Theres only 1 minute of the hour remains when Barack Hussain Obama II is sworn in as the first African-American to hold office. He's presidency sees the Tea Party protests, the death of Michael Jackson and Osama Bin Laden, and the worlds Credit Crunch recession. His contribution to the U.S.A will be just as important as all the presidents before him. And so it goes.


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      4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I like the way you did the analogy with the time. I've never known all the presidents in order. You did well with highlighting each of their accomplishments. Thanks for a job well done on the research.


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