Presidents of the United States

POTUS: Presidents of the United States


Welcome! In this resource you will find background information on all the Presidents of the United States of America. This includes the election results, their Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, First Ladies, Supreme Court appointments, notable events and some other points of interest. Links to their biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included. Below is a list of all the US presidents in order of their election. Select the POTUS you want information about. If you don’t know which president you are interested in, perhaps the name or subject indexes will help. These are listed at the bottom of the page.




Name of the President Term of Office Political Party Vice President
1 George Washington George Washington 1789 – 1797
(served two full terms)
None John Adams 
(1789 – 1797)
 2 John Adams Portrait, John Adams 1797 – 1801 Federalist Thomas Jefferson
(1797 – 1801)
3 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson 1801 – 1809 (served two full terms) Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr

(1801 – 1805)

George Clinton

(1805 – 1809)

4 James Madison Portrait, James Madison 1809 -1817 (served two full terms) Democratic-Republican George Clinton

(1809 – 1812)

Elbridge Gerry

(1813 – 1814)

5 James Monroe Portrait, James Monroe 1817 – 1825 (served two full terms) Democratic-Republican Daniel D. Tompkins

(1817 – 1825)

6 John Quincy Adams Portrait, John Quincy Adams 1825 – 1829 Democratic-Republican John C. Calhoun

(1825 – 1829)

7 Andrew Jackson Portrait, Andrew Jackson 1829 – 1837 (served two full terms) Democratic John C. Calhoun

(1829 – 1832)

Martin Van Buren

(1833 – 1837)

8 Martin Van Buren Portrait, Martin Van Buren 1837 – 1841 Democratic Richard M. Johnson

(1837 – 1841)

9 William Henry Harrison Portrait, William Henry Harrison 1841 (died in office) Whig John Tyler 

(1841)

10 John Tyler Portrait, John Tyler 1841 – 1845 (came into office as VP) Whig Office remained vacant throughout the term
11 James Knox Polk Portrait, James Knox Polk 1845 – 1849 Democratic George M. Dallas 

(1845 – 1849)

12 Zachary Taylor Portrait, Zachary Taylor 1849 – 1850 (died in office) Whig Millard Fillmore

(1849 – 1850)

13 Millard Fillmore Portrait, Millard Fillmore 1850 – 1853 (came into office as VP) Whig Office remained vacant throughout the term
14 Franklin Pierce Portrait, Franklin Pierce 1853 – 1857 Democratic William R. King

(1853)

15 James Buchanan Portrait, James Buchanan 1857 – 1861 Democratic John C. Breckinridge

(1857 – 1861)

16  Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 1861 – 1865 (elected for two terms, assassinated during the second) Republican Hannibal Hamlin

(1861 – 1865)

Andrew Johnson

(1865)

17 Andrew Johnson Portrait, Andrew Johnson 1865 – 1869 (came into office as VP; impeached in 1868, acquitted by the Senate) Democratic Office remained vacant throughout the term
18 Ulysses S. Grant Portrait, Ulysses S. Grant 1869 – 1877 (served two full terms) Republican Schuyler Colfax

(1869 – 1873)

Henry Wilson

(1873 – 1877)

19 Rutherford Birchard Hayes Portrait, Rutherford Birchard Hayes 1877 – 1881 Republican William A. Wheeler

(1877 – 1881)

20 James Abram Garfield Portrait, James Abram Garfield 1881 (assassinated when in office) Republican Chester Alan Arthur

(1881)

21 Chester Alan Arthur Portrait, Chester Alan Arthur 1881 – 1885 (came into office as VP) Republican Office remained vacant throughout the term
22 Grover Cleveland Portrait, Grover Cleveland 1885 – 1889 (served two full terms, non-contiguously) Democratic Thomas A. Hendricks

(1885 – 1889)

23 Benjamin Harrison Portrait, Benjamin Harrison 1889 – 1893 Republican Levi P. Morton

(1889 – 1893)

24 Grover Cleveland Portrait, Grover Cleveland 1893 – 1897 (served two full terms, non-contiguously) Democratic Adlai E. Stevenson

(1893 – 1897)

25 William McKinley Portrait, William McKinley 1897 – 1901 Republican Garret A. Hobart

(1897 – 1899)

Theodore Roosevelt

(1901)

26  Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt 1901 – 1909 (served two full terms) Republican Charles Warren Fairbanks 

(1905 – 1909)

27 William Howard Taft Portrait, William Howard Taft 1909 – 1913 Republican James S. Sherman

(1909 – 1912)

28 Woodrow Wilson Portrait, Woodrow Wilson 1913 – 1921 (served two full terms) Democratic Thomas R. Marshall

(1913 – 1921)

29 Warren Gamaliel Harding Portrait, Warren Gamaliel Harding 1921 – 1923 (died in office) Republican Calvin Coolidge

(1921 – 1923)

30 Calvin Coolidge Portrait, Calvin Coolidge 1923 – 1929 (came into office as VP, re-elected for second term) Republican Charles G. Dawes

(1925 – 1929)

31 Herbert Clark Hoover Portrait, Herbert Clark Hoover 1929 – 1933 Republican Charles Curtis 

(1929 – 1933)

32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933 – 1945 (elected for four terms, died during the fourth) Democratic John N. Garner

(1933 – 1941)

Henry A. Wallace

(1941 – 1945)

Harry S. Truman

(1945)

33 Harry S. Truman Portrait, Harry S. Truman 1945 – 1953 (came into office as VP, re-elected for second term) Democratic Alben W. Barkley

(1949 – 1953)

34 Dwight David Eisenhower Portrait, Dwight David Eisenhower 1953 – 1961 (served two full terms) Republican Richard Milhous Nixon

(1953 – 1961)

35 John Fitzgerald Kennedy John F. Kennedy 1961 – 1963 (assassinated when in office) Democratic Lyndon Baines Johnson

(1961 – 1963)

36 Lyndon Baines Johnson Portrait, Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963 – 1969 (came into office as VP, re-elected for second term) Democratic Hubert H. Humphrey

(1965 – 1969)

37 Richard Milhous Nixon Portrait, Richard Milhous Nixon 1969 – 1974 (elected for two terms, resigned in the second) Republican Spiro T. Agnew

(1969 – 1973)

Gerald Rudolph Ford

(1973 – 1974)

38 Gerald Rudolph Ford Portrait, Gerald Rudolph Ford 1974 – 1977 (came into office as VP) Republican Nelson A. Rockefeller

(1974 – 1977)

39 James Earl Carter, Jr Portrait, James Earl Carter, Jr. 1977 – 1981 Democratic Walter F. Mondale

(1977 – 1981)

40 Ronald Wilson Reagan Portrait, Ronald Wilson Reagan 1981 – 1989 (served two full terms) Republican George Herbert Walker Bush

(1981 – 1989)

41 George Herbert Walker Bush Portrait, George Herbert Walker Bush 1989 – 1993 Republican J. Danforth Quayle

(1989 – 1993)

42 William Jefferson Clinton Portrait, William Jefferson Clinton 1993 – 2001 (served two full terms; impeached in 1998, acquitted by the Senate) Democratic Albert Gore, Jr.

(1993 – 2001)

43 George W. Bush Portrait, George Walker Bush 2001 – 2009 (served two full terms) Republican Richard B. Cheney

(2001 – 2009)

44 Barack Hussein Obama Barack H. Obama 2009 – 2017 (served two full terms) Democratic Joseph Robinette Biden

(2009 – 2017)

45 Donald John Trump Donald J. Trump 2017 – 2021 (impeached in 2020 and 2021, acquitted by the Senate both times) Republican Mike Pence

(2017 – 2021)

46 Joseph Robinette Biden Joseph R. Biden (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) 2021 – Democratic Kamala Harris

(2021 – )

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many presidents have been impeached in American history? Who were they?

Three presidents have been impeached in American history. They were Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

  • Does impeachment remove a US president from office?

Impeachment by the House of Representatives alone cannot remove a sitting president from office. Once the articles of impeachment have been voted on and passed by the House, a trial is held in the Senate. The president is forced out only if they are convicted during this trial. In fact, no president has actually left office due to impeachment as they were all acquitted by the Senate.

  • Can a US president hold office for 10 years?

Yes, a US president could hold office for 10 years. This can happen only when a vice president takes over the presidency with two years of the term left, and then wins election twice. If the VP serves more than two years of the previous president’s term however, they can stand for elections only one more time.

  • How many US presidents have been from the Republican party and how many have been from the Democratic party?

Nineteen US presidents have been from the Republican party, while sixteen have been from the Democratic party.

  • How much does the president of the United States make in a year?

The president of the United States receives a salary of $400,000 a year. Additionally, they are allotted a 50,000 annual expense account, $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. They also receive a pension upon leaving office.

  • What is executive privilege?

Executive privilege is a provision which allows the President of the United States and some other members of the executive office to withhold certain documents and communications they deem to be sensitive from the other two branches of the government – the legislature and the judiciary. This provision is not derived from the US Constitution, but rather, from common law and the principle of separation of powers.

The Supreme Court of the United States acknowledged this provision during United States v. Nixon, popularly known as Watergate. Recently, it has been invoked by former president Donald Trump in the matter of the January 6th attack on the Capitol to block the release of White House documents relating to the event. His requests, however, have been denied by the incumbent president and the Supreme Court.

In the News

  • The Biden administration announced the release of $1.15 million to states to plug abandoned oil and gas wells that release methane, a climate changing gas, into the atmosphere. This funding is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in 2021.
  • The White House announced that the US’ annual economic growth in 2021 surpassed that of China.
  • The current POTUS, Joe Biden, completed a full year in office on January 21.
  • The website to facilitate home delivery of COVID-19 test kits was launched on January 19th.
  • On 13th January, the Supreme Court blocked a vaccine mandate announced by President Biden in September 2021.
  • Beginning in December 2021, the White House has repeatedly expressed concerns about a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Related Resources

 


Index to Names in POTUS:

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Index to Subjects and Topics in POTUS:

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Bibliography

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