Presidents of the United States of America: The Full List

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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. Learn more about Constitutional Amendments.

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.

Note: The list of U.S. American Presidents is formatted as

US President Name
Years Served as President
Presidential Party

1 – George Washington, 1789-1797
2 – John Adams, 1797-1801, Federalist Party
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 – 2017, Democrat
45 – Donald Trump, 2017 – Present, Republican

List of Assassinated U.S. American Presidents

Throughout history, the President of the United States has been one of the most sought-after targets for assassination in the world. With the heightened state of terrorism and tense foreign relations, many politicians are under constant threat of being assassinated. Most attempts fail all together, mostly due to the protective work of the United States Secret Service, who is responsible for protecting the first family 24 hours a day, seven days a week and three hundred and sixty five days a year. To date, there have been 13 failed attempts:

  • Andrew Jackson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush

Only four assassinations have been successful:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James A. Garfield – Shot by assassin Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 188
  • William McKinley – Killed September 1901
  • John F. Kennedy – JFK was assassinated in Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963

Other Presidential Facts and Information

  • There have been 45 U.S. American Presidents to date
  • Donald Trump is the 45th President
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president to take office at age 42
  • Only two presidents were impeached while in office, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both were impeached by the House of Representatives, yet bother were acquitted by the Senate. Many people believe that Richard Nixon was impeached, which is incorrect. The impeachment process against him was initiated, but he resigned from office prior to its completion. He was the only president in U.S. history to resign from office.

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