List of Presidents of the United States of America

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List of Presidents of the United States
List of Presidents of the United States

This article provides an overview of the Responsibilities of the President and provides a list of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States.

Roles & Responsibilities of the American President

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The President is the highest political official in the United States in terms of influence and recognition.

The President 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).

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

  • To “faithfully execute” federal law
  • To be the president the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces
  • To nominate executive and judicial officers with the advice and consent of the Senate
  • 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 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 Presidents

Following is a list of Presidents of the United State of America. As you can see from the list, there have been 45 U.S. American Presidents to date. American presidents are elected to a term of four years and may serve a maximum of two terms (a total of eight years).

However, some U.S. American presidents in the list served for a longer period before the term limitation 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 a list of all United States Presidents names in order of service. The list shows the President’s name, the years they served in office, and the presidential party to which they belong.

#NameYears in OfficeParty
1George Washington1789 – 1797
2John Adams1797 – 1801Federalist Party
3Thomas Jefferson1801 – 1809Democratic-Republican
4James Madison1809 – 1817Democratic-Republican
5James Monroe1817 – 1825Democratic-Republican
6John Quincy Adams1825 – 1829 Democratic-Republican
7Andrew Jackson1829 – 1837 Democrat
8Martin Van Buren1837 – 1841Democrat
9William Henry Harrison1841 – 1841Whig
10John Tyler
1841 – 1845Whig
11James K. Polk1845 – 1849Democrat
12Zachary Taylor1849 – 1850 Whig
13Millard Fillmore1850 – 1853Whig
14 Franklen Pierce1853 – 1857Democrat
15James Buchanan1857 – 1861Democrat
16Abraham Lincoln1861 – 1865Republican
17Andrew Johnson1865 – 1869Democrat / National Union
18Ulysses S. Grant1869 – 1877Republican
19Rutherford B. Hayes1877 – 1881Republican
20James A. Garfield1881 (died in office)Republican
21Chester A. Arthur1881 – 1885Republican
22Grover Cleveland1885 – 1889Democrat

23Benjamin Harrison1889 – 1893Republican
2424 – Grover Cleveland1893 – 1897Democrat
25William McKinley1897 – 1901Republican
26Theodore Roosevelt1901 – 1909Republican
27William Howard Taft1909 – 1913Republican
28Woodrow Wilson1913 – 1921Democrat
29Warren G. Harding1921 – 1923Republican
30Calvin Coolidge1923 – 1929Republican
31Herbert Hoover1929 – 1933Republican
32Franklin D. Roosevelt1933 – 1945Democrat
33Harry S. Truman1945 – 1953Democrat
34Dwight D. Eisenhower1953 – 1961Republican
35John F. Kennedy1961 – 1963Democrat
36Lyndon B. Johnson1963 – 1969Democrat
37Richard M. Nixon1969 – 1974Republican
38Gerald R. Ford1974 – 1977Republican
39Jimmy Carter1977 – 1981Democrat
40Ronald Reagan1981 – 1989Republican
41George Bush1989 – 1993Republican
42Bill Clinton1993 – 2001Democrat
43George W. Bush2001 – 2009Republican
44Barack H. Obama2009 – 2017Democrat
45Donald Trump2017 – PresentRepublicasn

Note: William Henry Harrison, the 8th President, died after only 31 days in office.

If you have any questions regarding this List of Presidents of the United States, please leave a comment below.

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.

  • 1865: Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.
  • 1881: James A. Garfield. Charles J. Guiteau shot and killed James A. Garfield on July 2, 1881
  • 1901: William McKinley. Leon Czolgosz assassinated William McKinley on On September 6, 1901 in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1963: John F. Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK in Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963.

To date, there have been 13 failed assassination 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

List of U.S. Vice Presidents (in Chronological Order)

John Adams (1789-1797)
Thomas Jefferson (1797-1801)
Aaron Burr (1801-1805)
George Clinton (1805-1809)
George Clinton (1809-1812)
None (1812-1813)
Elbridge Gerry (1813-1814)
None (1814-1817)
Daniel D. Tompkins (1817-1825)
John C. Calhoun (1825-1829)
John C. Calhoun (1829-1832)
None (1832-1833)
Martin Van Buren (1833-1837)
Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841)
John Tyler (1841)
None (1841-1845)
George M. Dallas (1845-1849)
Millard Fillmore (1849-1850)
None (1850-1853)
William King (1853)
None (1853-1857)
John C. Breckinridge (1857-1861)
Hannibal Hamlin (1861-1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865)
None (1865-1869)
Schuyler Colfax (1869-1873)
Henry Wilson (1873-1875)
None (1875-1877)
William Wheeler (1877-1881)
Chester Arthur (1881)
None (1881-1885)
Thomas Hendricks (1885)
None (1885-1889)
Levi P. Morton (1889-1893)
Adlai E. Stevenson (1893-1897)
Garret Hobart (1897-1899)
None (1899-1901)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
None (1901-1905)
Charles Fairbanks (1905-1909)
James S. Sherman (1909-1912)
None (1912-1913)
Thomas R. Marshall (1913-1921)
Calvin Coolidge (1921-1923)
None (1923-1925)
Charles Dawes (1925-1929)
Charles Curtis (1929-1933)
John Nance Garner (1933-1941)
Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945)
Harry S. Truman (1945)
None (1945-1949)
Alben Barkley (1949-1953)
Richard Nixon (1953-1961)
Lyndon B. Johnson (1961-1963)
None (1963-1965)
Hubert Humphrey (1965-1969)
Spiro Agnew (1969-1973)
None (1973)
Gerald Ford (1973-1974)
None (1974)
Nelson Rockefeller (1974-1977)
Walter Mondale (1977-1981)
George Bush (1981-1989)
Dan Quayle (1989-1993)
Al Gore (1993-2001)
Dick Cheney (2001-2009)
Joe Biden (2009-2017)
Mike Pence (2017- )

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. They are Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. The House of Representatives impeached Both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. However, both men were acquitted by the Senate. Many people believe that Richard Nixon was impeached, which is incorrect. In reality, the impeachment process against Nixon was initiated, but he resigned from office prior to its completion. He was the only president in U.S. history to resign from office (thus far…)

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