Presidents of the United States of America

Presidents of the United States of America

List of Presidents of the United States

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America.  The U.S. President is the highest political official in the United States by influence and recognition. The President of the United States leads the executive branch of the federal government and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers (the other being the vice president of the United States).

Responsibilities of the American President

Among other powers and responsibilities, Article II of the United States Constitution charges the president with the following responsibilities:

  • To “faithfully execute” federal law
  • Makes the president the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces
  • Allows the president to nominate executive and judicial officers with the advice and consent of the Senate
  • Allows the president to grant pardons and reprieves

Due to the United States’ status as the only true remaining superpower, the president of the United States is generally regarded by Americans as the most powerful person in the world.

How is the U.S. President Elected?

The president of the USA is indirectly elected by the people of the country through the Electoral College to a four-year term.  Since 1951, all presidents have been limited to two terms by the Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution.

List of American Presidents

Following is a list of U.S. Presidents.  As you can see from the list, there have been 44 U.S. American Presidents to date.  American presidents are elected to a term of 4 years and may serve a maximum of 2 terms (eight years).  Some U.S. American presidents in the list served for a longer period before the term limitation on U.S. Presidents was put into effect.  Also, some of the Presidents on the list only served a year or two of their term due to death in office.

The following is list of all United States Presidents names in order.  The list shows the order of service, the years that each president spent in office, and the presidential party.

List of U.S. American Presidents in Order

# US President Name

Years as President

Presidential Party

1 George Washington 1789-1797
2 John Adams 1797-1801 Federalist
3 Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 Democratic-Republican
4 James Madison 1809-1817 Democratic-Republican
5 James Monroe 1817-1825 Democratic-Republican
6 John Quincy Adams 1825-1829 Democratic-Republican
7 Andrew Jackson 1829-1837 Democrat
8 Martin Van Buren 1837-1841 Democrat
9 William Henry Harrison 1841-1841(died In office) Whig
10 John Tyler 1841-1845 Whig
11 James K. Polk 1845-1849 Democrat
12 Zachary Taylor 1849-1850 Whig
13 Millard Fillmore 1850-1853 Whig
14 Franklen Pierce 1853-1857 Democrat
15 James Buchanan 1857-1861 Democrat
16 Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 Republican
17 Andrew Johnson 1865-1869 Democrat/National Union
18 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877 Republican
19 Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881 Republican
20 James A. Garfield 1881(died in office) Republican
21 Chester A. Arthur 1881-1885 Republican
22 Grover Cleveland 1885-1889 Democrat
23 Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893 Republican
24 Grover Cleveland 1893-1897 Democrat
25 William McKinley 1897-1901 Republican
26 Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909 Republican
27 William Howard Taft 1909-1913 Republican
28 Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 Democrat
29 Warren G. Harding 1921-1923 Republican
30 Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929 Republican
31 Herbert Hoover 1929-1933 Republican
32 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945 Democrat
33 Harry S. Truman 1945-1953 Democrat
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961 Republican
35 John F. Kennedy 1961-1963 Democrat
36 Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969 Democrat
37 Richard M. Nixon 1969-1974 Republican
38 Gerald R. Ford 1974-1977 Republican
39 Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 Democrat
40 Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 Republican
41 George Bush 1989-1993 Republican
42 Bill Clinton 1993-2001 Democrat
43 George W. Bush 2001-2009 Republican
44 Barack H. Obama 2009 -Present Democrat

Other Presidential Facts and Information

  • There have been 44 U.S. American Presidents to date.  Barack Obama is the 44th President.
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president to take office at age 42

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