US Presidents Timeline
George Washington (1789-1797)
George Washington was chosen as the first president of the United States. People were divided over whether they preferred a monarchy or an executive branch, but Mr. Washington had no interest in serving as monarch.
John Adams (1797-1801)
John Adams was elected as the country's second president. Mr. Adams was the first president to dwell at the White House, having taken office in 1789.
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
The third president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, was elected on November 4, 1800. His most well-known work was the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
James Madison (1809-1817)
President James Madison was chosen to serve as the fourth president of the United States. He steered the nation through the War of 1812 and went on to be recognized as the "Father of the Bill of Rights" for his contributions to the Constitution.
James Monroe (1817-1825)
President James Monroe was elected as the country's fifth leader. There was minimal conflict between the political parties under President Monroe's presidency, which contributed to the calmness of his administration.
John Quincy Adams 1825-1829)
John Quincy Adams was elected as the sixth President of the United States. His father, John Adams, was the second president of the United States. They were the first father-and-son team in history to serve as presidents simultaneously!
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
Andrew Jackson was chosen as the seventh president of the United States. In addition to becoming the first president to travel by rail, he was also a harsh and brutal president.
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
Martin Van Buren was elected as the ninth president of the United States. He served during the Great Depression in the United States, and the majority of people did not consider him a success.
William Henry Harrison (1841)
William Henry Harrison was elected as the ninth President of the United States. When he died just a month after taking office, he had the distinction of having spent the shortest time as president.
John Tyler (1841-1845)
John Tyler was elected as the tenth president of the United States. He was elected to complete President Harrison's term, but the transition was not without its difficulties. Apparently, President Tyler had a total of fifteen children.
James K. Polk (1845-1849)
James K. Polk was chosen as the eleventh president of the United States. He fought in the Mexican War and helped to expand the territory of the United States by annexing the states of Texas and California.
Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
Zachary Taylor was elected as the 12th President of the United States. President Taylor battled against a possible southern breakaway throughout his administration, and he succeeded in keeping the union together. He died in office during his second year in the position.
Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
Millard Fillmore was chosen as the thirteenth president of the United States. Despite his approval of a settlement that prevented the southern states from seceding, the agreement did not hold up long-term.
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
Franklin Pierce was inaugurated as the fourteenth president of the United States. Mr. Pierce rescinded the agreement that President Fillmore had negotiated and implemented.
James Buchanan (1857-1861)
James Buchanan was elected as the 15th President of the United States. Mr. Buchanan was unable to keep the southern states pleased, and as a result, they declared their independence from the union.
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
President Abraham Lincoln was chosen as the sixteenth president of the United States. Slavery was eliminated in the nation during his leadership. In 1865, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, who shot him in the head.
Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
Andrew Johnson is inaugurated as the seventeenth President of the United States. Mr. Johnson was a southern senator who remained steadfast in his support for the union.
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Ulysses S. Grant was elected as the nineteenth President of the United States. During the Civil War, Mr. Grant was the most well-known union commander of the period.
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
Rutherford B. Hayes was elected as the 19th President of the United States. Mr. Hayes' wife was the first president's wife to get a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution.
James A. Garfield (1881)
James A. Garfield was inaugurated as the twentieth president of the United States. He was killed in the first year of his administration.
Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
Chester A. Arthur was elected as the twenty-first president of the United States. He governed at a period of American history that was quite prosperous. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Civil Service.
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
Grover Cleveland took the oath of office as the 22nd president of the United States. He held the position for two nonconsecutive terms. This indicates that the terms were not consecutive.
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
President Benjamin Harrison was elected as the country's twenty-third leader. His grandpa served as president as well. He was President William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States.
Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
Grover Cleveland has begun his second term in office. During Mr. Cleveland's second tenure as president, the nation was struck by an economic downturn, and he was not widely seen as a successful leader.
William McKinley (1897-1901)
William McKinley was elected as the 25th president of the United States. He increased the size of America's territory by purchasing colonies in other countries. He was assassinated at his home.
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
Theodore Roosevelt was chosen as the twenty-sixth president of the United States. During his president, he made many trips overseas. He was the first president to take such an action.
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
William Howard Taft was elected as the 27th President of the United States. Many of Roosevelt's ideas were carried on by him, and he went on to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
In a landslide victory, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected as the country's 28th president. He was initially opposed to the United States joining World War I, but he ended up writing the peace deal that helped bring the conflict to a close.
Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
Warren G. Harding was elected as the 29th president of the United States. The administration of President Harding was the first in which women were granted the right to vote.
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated as president. He was the thirty-first president of the United States, and he led the country through a period of prosperity.
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
Herbert Hoover was elected as the thirty-first President of the United States. After just a few months in office, the stock market collapsed, and Mr. Hoover was forced to declare the beginning of the Great Depression.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as the 32nd President of the United States. He was instrumental in bringing the nation out of the Great Depression, and he was also instrumental in leading the United States to victory in World War II. He is most known for his remarks during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
President Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
Harry S. Truman was elected as the thirty-third president of the United States. The decision to unleash the atomic bomb on Japan was taken by President Truman in 1945. The Second World War came to an end five days later.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected as the nation's 34th president. President Eisenhower was instrumental in bringing the Korean War to a close.
President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
John F. Kennedy was elected as the thirty-fifth president of the United States. During the Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Kennedy collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr. to achieve success. President John F. Kennedy was murdered during his third year in office.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th president of the United States. After President John F. Kennedy was murdered, he stepped in to fill the vacancy.
Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th president of the United States. He became embroiled in the Watergate incident and was impeached as a result of his actions. He is the first president in history to have resigned from the position of president voluntarily.
Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
Gerald Ford was elected as the thirty-eighth president of the United States. He was appointed to the position when President Nixon resigned.
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
Jimmy Carter was elected as the 39th president of the United States. After his presidency came to an end, Mr. Carter embarked on a global tour to raise funds for charitable causes.
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
Ronald Reagan was elected as the forty-first president of the United States. Mr. Reagan re-established national pride in the United States after the difficult years of the 1960s and 1970s. He also managed to avoid being shot by an assassin.
George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
George H. W. Bush was elected as the forty-first president of the United States. President Bush was responsible for the end of the Cold Conflict and the beginning of the first war with Iraq.
Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
Bill Clinton has been elected as the 42nd President of the United States. He accomplished many positive things for the nation, like as the NAFTA trade deal, but he was subsequently accused of impeachable offenses.
George W. Bush (2001-2009)
George W. Bush was elected as the forty-third president of the United States. His father served as the forty-first President of the United States from 1989 until 1993. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States, and President Bush was in office at the time.
Barack Obama (2009-2017)
Barack Obama has been elected as the forty-fourth president of the United States. He was the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.