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U.S. President flag photo of George WASHINGTON   George WASHINGTON (22 February 1732, Pope's Creek, Westmoreland, Virginia, USA - 14 December 1799, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia, USA)

1789 - April 30 - George Washington (1732–1799) became 1st President of the United States

On April 30, 1789, in a deep, low voice, George Washington gave his first speech as president of the United States. This speech is now known as the first presidential inaugural address. He spoke to a joint session of Congress that had gathered in Federal Hall (New York... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of John ADAMS   John ADAMS (30 October 1735, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA - 4 July 1826, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA)

1797 - March 4 - John Adams (1735-1826) becomes 2nd President of the United States

The presidential election was the first contested election in the United States. When the final tabulation of votes arrived at the senate, ironically it was Adams who opened the envelope as he was President of the Senate. John Adams won with seventy one votes and Thomas... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Thomas JEFFERSON   Thomas JEFFERSON (2 April 1742, Shadwell, Albermarie, Virginia, USA - 4 July 1826, Monticello, Virginia, USA)

1801 - March 4 - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) becomes 3rd President of the United States

On February 17, 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected president of the United States, but there was more to it than beating his opponent. When Thomas Jefferson ran for president, he beat his opponent, John Adams, but he tied with his running mate, Aaron Burr. So, who was to be ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of James MADISON   James MADISON (16 March 1751, Port Conway, Virginia, USA - 28 June 1836, Montpelier, Orange, Virginia, USA)

1809 - March 4 - James Madison (1751-1836) becomes 4th President of the United States

In 1809, Madison succeeded Jefferson as president, defeating Charles C. Pinckney. His wife, Dolley Payne Todd, whom he married in 1794, brought a new social sparkle to the executive mansion. In the meantime, increasing tension with Britain culminated in the War of 1812—a... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of James MONROE   James MONROE (28 April 1758, , Virginia, USA - 4 July 1831, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))

1817 - March 4 - James Monroe (1758-1831) becomes 5th President of the United States

Elected president in 1816 over the Federalist Rufus King, and reelected without opposition in 1820, Monroe, the last of the Virginia dynasty, pursued the course of systematic tranquilization that won for his administrations the name “the era of good feeling.” He continued... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of John Qunicy ADAMS   John Qunicy ADAMS (11 July 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA - 23 February 1848, Washington, DC, USA)

1825 - March 4 - John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) becomes 6th President of the United States

When no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in 1824, Adams, with the support of Henry Clay, was elected by the House in 1825 over Andrew Jackson, who had the original plurality. Adams had ambitious plans of government activity to foster internal... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Andrew JACKSON   Andrew JACKSON (15 March 1767, Lancaster, Waxhaws, South Carolina, USA - 8 June 1845, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

1829 - March 4 - Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) becomes 7th President of the United States.

As president, Jackson greatly expanded the power and prestige of the presidential office and carried through an unprecedented program of domestic reform, vetoing the bill to extend the United States Bank, moving toward a hard-money currency policy, and checking the program... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Martin VAN BUREN   Martin VAN BUREN (5 December 1782, Kinderhook, New York, USA - 24 July 1862, Kinderhook, New York, USA)

1837 - March 4 - Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) becomes 8th President of the United States

In 1832, Van Buren became vice president; in 1836, president. The Panic of 1837 overshadowed his term. He attributed it to the overexpansion of the credit and favored the establishment of an independent treasury as repository for the federal funds. In 1840, he established a ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of William Henry HARRISON   William Henry HARRISON (9 February 1773, Charles City, Virginia, USA - 4 April 1841, Washington, DC, USA)

1841 - March 4 - William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) becomes 9th President of the United States - dies one month after assuming the office.

Nominated for president in 1835 as a military hero whom the conservative politicians hoped to be able to control, he ran surprisingly well against Van Buren in 1836. Four years later, he defeated Van Buren but caught pneumonia and died in Washington on April 4, 1841, a... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of John TYLER   John TYLER (29 March 1790, Charles City, Virginia, USA - 18 January 1862, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

1841 - April 4 - John Tyler (1790-1862) becomes 10th President of the United States.

Elected vice president on the Whig ticket in 1840, Tyler succeeded to the presidency on Harrison's death. His strict-constructionist views soon caused a split with the Henry Clay wing of the Whig party and a stalemate on domestic questions. Tyler's more considerable... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of James Knox POLK   James Knox POLK (2 November 1795, Pineville, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA - 15 June 1849, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

1845 - March 4 - James K. Polk (1795-1849) becomes 11th President of the United States

When James K. Polk accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, he was not very well known. The Whig opposition party played on his obscurity, sniping, "Who is James K. Polk?" An experienced speaker, Polk surprised everyone when he campaigned vigorously... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Zachary TAYLOR   Zachary TAYLOR (24 November 1784, Barboursville, Montebello, Orange County, Virginia, USA - 9 July 1850, Washington, DC, USA)

1849 - March 4 - Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) becomes 12th President of the United States. He dies in office after 16 months.

During the revival of the slavery controversy, which was to result in the Compromise of 1850, Taylor began to take an increasingly firm stand against appeasing the South; but he died in Washington on July 9, 1850, during the fight over the Compromise.

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U.S. President flag photo of Millard FILLMORE   Millard FILLMORE (7 January 1800, Locke, Cayuga, New York, USA - 8 March 1874, Buffalo, New York, USA)

1850 - July 9 - Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) becomes 13th President of the United States

As president, Fillmore associated himself with the pro-Southern Whigs, supporting the Compromise of 1850. Defeated for the Whig nomination in 1852, he ran for president in 1856 as candidate of the American, or Know-Nothing, Party, which sought to unite the country against... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Franklin PIERCE   Franklin PIERCE (23 November 1804, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA - 8 October 1869, Concord, New Hampshire, USA)

1853 - March 4 - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) becomes 14th President of the United States

As president, Pierce followed a course of appeasing the South at home and of playing with schemes of territorial expansion abroad. The failure of his foreign and domestic policies prevented his renomination.

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U.S. President flag photo of James BUCHANAN   James BUCHANAN (23 April 1791, Cove Gap, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA - 1 June 1868, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

1857 - March 4 - James Buchanan (1791-1868) becomes 15th President of the United States - the only bachelor to be President.

He was elected president in 1856, defeating John C. Frémont, the Republican candidate, and former President Millard Fillmore of the American Party. The growing crisis over slavery presented Buchanan with problems he lacked the will to tackle. His appeasement of the South... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Abraham LINCOLN   Abraham LINCOLN (12 February 1809, , Kentucky, USA - 15 April 1865, Washington, DC, USA)

1861 - March 4 - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) becomes 16th President of the United States.

Lincoln's inaugural address was stirring. He appealed for the preservation of the Union. To retain his support in the North without further alienating the South, he called for compromise. He promised he would not initiate force to maintain the Union or interfere with... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Hiram Ulysses Simpson GRANT   Hiram Ulysses Simpson GRANT (27 April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio, USA - 23 July 1885, Saratoga, New York, USA (Schuylerville) (Victory))

1869 - March 4 - Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) becomes 18th President of the United States

In 1868, as Republican candidate for president, Grant was elected over the Democrat, Horatio Seymour. From the start, Grant showed his unfitness for the office. His cabinet was weak, his domestic policy was confused, and many of his intimate associates were corrupt. The... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Rutherford Birchard HAYES   Rutherford Birchard HAYES (4 October 1822, Delaware, Ohio, USA - 17 January 1893, Fremont, Ohio, USA)

1877 - March 4 - Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) becomes 19th President of the United States

On the night of the 1876 presidential election, Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes went to bed early. He assumed that he had lost the election to his opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden did win the popular vote that night, but the Republicans challenged the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of James Abram GARFIELD   James Abram GARFIELD (19 November 1831, Orange, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA - 19 September 1881, Elberon, New Jersey, USA)

1881 - March 4 - James A. Garfield (1831–1881) becomes President of the United States

In 1880, Garfield was elected to the Senate, but instead became the presidential candidate on the 36th ballot as a result of a deadlock in the Republican convention. In the election, he defeated Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, the Democratic candidate. Garfield's... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Chester Alan ARTHUR   Chester Alan ARTHUR (5 October 1829, Fairfield, Vermont, USA - 18 November 1886, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))

1881 - September 19 - Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886) becomes President of the United States

In 1880 Arthur was nominated for vice president in the hope of conciliating the followers of Grant and the powerful New York machine. As president upon Garfield's death, Arthur, stepping out of his familiar role as spoilsman, backed civil service reform, reorganized the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Stephen Grover CLEVELAND   Stephen Grover CLEVELAND (18 March 1837, Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USA - 24 June 1908, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA)

1885 - March 4 - Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) becomes 22nd President of the United States

In 1884 Grover Cleveland won the Democratic nomination for president. The campaign contrasted Cleveland's spotless public career with the uncertain record of James G. Blaine, the Republican candidate, and Cleveland received enough Mugwump (independent Republican) support to ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Benjamin HARRISON   Benjamin HARRISON (20 August 1833, North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA - 13 March 1901, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

1889 - March 4 - Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) becomes 23rd President of the United States

In 1888, Benjamin Harrison received the Republican nomination for president on the eighth ballot. Though behind on the popular vote, he won over Grover Cleveland in the electoral college by 233 to 168.

As president, Harrison failed to please either the bosses or the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Stephen Grover CLEVELAND   Stephen Grover CLEVELAND (18 March 1837, Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USA - 24 June 1908, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA)

1893 - March 4 - Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) becomes President of the United States




U.S. President flag photo of William MCKINLEY   William MCKINLEY (29 January 1843, Niles, Trumbull, Ohio, USA - 14 September 1901, Buffalo, New York, USA)

1897 - March 4 - William McKinley (1843-1901) becomes 25th President of the United States

With the support of Mark Hanna, a shrewd Cleveland businessman interested in safeguarding tariff protection, William McKinley became governor of Ohio in 1892 and Republican presidential candidate in 1896. The business community, alarmed by the progressivism of William... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Theodore ROOSEVELT   Theodore ROOSEVELT (27 October 1858, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights) - 6 January 1919, Oyster Bay, New York, USA (Massapequa))

1901 - September 14 - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) becomes 26th President of the United States

Assuming the presidency of the assassinated McKinley in 1901, Roosevelt embarked on a wide-ranging program of government reform and conservation of natural resources. He ordered antitrust suits against several large corporations, threatened to intervene in the anthracite... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of William Howard TAFT   William Howard TAFT (15 September 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Losanteville) - 8 March 1930, Washington, DC, USA)

1909 - March 4 - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) becomes 27th President of the United States

When Teddy Roosevelt prepared to retire his presidency, this popular and influential politician promoted Taft as the next Republican president. Taft was elected president in 1908, serving one term.

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U.S. President flag photo of Thomas Woodrow WILSON   Thomas Woodrow WILSON (28 December 1856, Staunton, Virginia, USA - 3 February 1924, Washington, DC, USA)

1913 - March 4 - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) becomes 28th President of the United States

Wilson became the 28th president of the United States, serving two consecutive terms in the White House, from 1913 to 1921. During his time in office, Wilson faced many challenges at home and abroad, and face them he did.

The issue of women's suffrage confronted Wilson... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Warren Gamaliel HARDING   Warren Gamaliel HARDING (2 November 1865, Blooming Grove, Ohio, USA - 2 August 1923, San Francisco, California, USA)

1921 - March 4 - Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) becomes 29th President of the United States

When the 1920 convention was deadlocked between Leonard Wood and Frank O. Lowden, Harding became the dark-horse nominee on his solemn affirmation that there was no reason in his past that he should not be. Straddling the League question, Harding was easily elected over... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of John Calvin COOLIDGE   John Calvin COOLIDGE (4 July 1872, Plymouth, Vermont, USA - 5 January 1933, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence))

1923 - August 2 - Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) becomes 30th President of the United States

After Warren Harding's death Vice-President Coolidge became President and handled the Washington scandals with care and finally managed to save the Republican Party from public blame for the widespread corruption.

In 1924, Coolidge was elected without difficulty,... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Herbert Clark HOOVER   Herbert Clark HOOVER (10 August 1874, West Branch, Cedar, Iowa, USA - 20 October 1964, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))

1929 - March 4 - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) becomes 31st President of the United States

In the election of 1928, Hoover overwhelmed Gov. Alfred E. Smith of New York, the Democratic candidate and the first Roman Catholic to run for the presidency. He soon faced the worst depression in the nation's history, but his attacks upon it were hampered by his devotion... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT   Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT (30 January 1882, Hyde Park, New York, USA - 12 April 1945, Warm Springs, Georgia, USA)

1933 - March 4 - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1822-1945) becomes 32nd President of the United States - The only President to be elected four times.

In 1932, Roosevelt received the Democratic nomination for president and immediately launched a campaign that brought new spirit to a weary and discouraged nation. He defeated Hoover by a wide margin. His first term was characterized by an unfolding of the New Deal program,... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Harry Shipp TRUMAN   Harry Shipp TRUMAN (8 May 1884, Lamar, Barton, Missouri, USA - 26 December 1972, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

1945 - April 12 - Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) becomes 33rd President of the United States

Elected vice president in 1944, Truman became president upon Roosevelt's sudden death in April 1945 and was immediately faced with the problems of winding down the war against the Axis and preparing the nation for postwar adjustment. Germany surrendered on May 8, and in... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Dwight David EISENHOWER   Dwight David EISENHOWER (14 October 1890, Denison, Grayson County, Texas, USA - 28 March 1969, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas, USA)

1953 - January 20 - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) becomes 34th President of the United States

At the Republican convention of 1952 in Chicago, Eisenhower won the presidential nomination on the first ballot in a close race with Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio. In the election, he defeated Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois.

Through two terms, Eisenhower hewed to... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of John Fitzgerald KENNEDY   John Fitzgerald KENNEDY (29 May 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - 22 November 1963, Dallas, Texas, USA)

1961 - January 20 - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) becomes 35th President of the United States

On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die...

In... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Lyndon Baines JOHNSON   Lyndon Baines JOHNSON (27 August 1908, Stonewall, Texas, USA - 22 January 1973, Johnson City, Texas, USA)

1963 - Novmember 22 - Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) becomes 36th President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy

At the height of his power as Senate leader, Johnson sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1960. When he lost to John F. Kennedy, he surprised even some of his closest associates by accepting second place on the ticket.

Johnson was riding in another car in... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of Richard Milhous NIXON   Richard Milhous NIXON (9 January 1913, Yorba Linda, California, USA - 22 April 1994, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))

1969 - January 20 - Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) becomes 37th President of the United States




U.S. President flag photo of Gerald Rudolph FORD   Gerald Rudolph FORD (14 July 1913, Omaha, Nebraska, USA - 29 December 2006, Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, USA)

1974 - August 9 - Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) becomes 38th President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon




U.S. President flag photo of James Earl "Jimmy" CARTER   James Earl "Jimmy" CARTER (1 October 1924, Plains, Georgia, USA - 2024, )

1977 - January 20 - Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) becomes 39th President of the United States




U.S. President flag photo of Ronald Wilson REAGAN   Ronald Wilson REAGAN (6 February 1911, Tampico, Illinois, USA - 5 June 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA)

1981 - January 20 - Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) beomes 40th President of the United States




U.S. President flag male ancestor  George Herbert Walker BUSH (12 June 1924, Milton, Massachusetts, USA - 30 November 2018, Houston, Texas, USA)

1989 - January 20 - George H. W. Bush (1924 - ) becomes 41st President of the United States




1993 - January 20 - William J. Clinton (1946 - ) becomes 42nd President of the United States




2001 - January 20 - George W. Bush (1946 - ) becomes 43rd President of the United States




2009 - January 20 - Barack Obama (1961 - ) becomes 44th President of the United States




2017 - January 20 - Donald J Trump (1946 - ) becomes 45th President of the United States




2021 - January 20 - Joseph R Biden (1942 - ) becomes 46th President of the United States