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America's Greatest Patriots

America's Greatest Patriots - Presidents George Washington,

Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, and James Garfield,

by Kurz and Allison, 1890.

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Presidents (See Below)

President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Infamy Speech"

The Presidential Election of 1800

Presidential Trivia, Fun Facts & Firsts

U.S. Presidents Photo Gallery



The presidency has made every man

 who occupied it, no matter how small,

 bigger than he was; and no matter how big,

 not big enough for its demands.


-- Lyndon B. Johnson






Vice President

George Washington - Father of Our Country - (1732-1799) - First President of the United States, Founding Father, and Commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolution. He presided over the writing of the Constitution  in 1787.



John Adams (1789-1797)

John Adams - Founding Father & 2nd U.S. President (1735-1826) - Vice President to George Washington, 2nd U.S. President, and Founding Father of the United States.


Thomas Jefferson (1797-1801)

Thomas Jefferson -- The Sage of Monticello (1743-1826) - The third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he is known for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. He is considered one of the most influential Founding Fathers. 

Also See: Thomas Jefferson - The True Father of American History


Aaron Burr (1801-1805)

George Clinton (1805-1809)

James Madison (1751-1836) - Politician, political philosopher, 4th President of the United States, and one of the Founding Fathers of the country. He was instrumental in writing the Constitution and wrote the Bill of Rights. As leader in the House of Representatives, Madison worked closely with President George Washington to organize the new federal government. As Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State (18011809), he supervised the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size. A series of disasters at the beginning of the War of 1812 damaged his reputation, but by 181415 American forces repulsed major British invasions, and he recovered.


George Clinton (1809-1812)
None (1812-1813)

Elbridge Gerry (1813-1814)
None (1814-1817)

James Monroe (1758-1831) - The 5th President of the United States and the last Founding Father to become a U.S. President. He is most noted for his proclamation in 1823 of the Monroe Doctrine, which stated that the United States would not tolerate further European intervention in the Americas.


Daniel D. Tompkins (1817-1825)

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) - The son of Founding Father, John Adams, he was a politician, diplomat, and served as the 6th President of the United States. Historians agree he was one of the great diplomats in American History. Adams had previously served as an ambassador to several European countries and as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. He is the only president in history to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives after leaving the presidency. Adams's fierce sense of independent judgment meant that he never completely fit the mold of any political party, and he was surely the only president to have a pet alligator in the White House!


John C. Calhoun (1825-1829)

Andrew Jackson - Dominating American Politics (1767-1845) - The 7th President of the United States, he also served as the military governor of pre-admission Florida and commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Dominating American politics in the 1820's and 1830's, he helped to shape the Democratic Party.


John C. Calhoun (1829-1832)

None (1832-1833)
Martin Van Buren (1833-1837)

Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) - The 8th President of the United States, he also serviced as Vice President to Andrew Jackson. He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party and the first president to be born an American citizen. As the descendant of Dutch immigrants, he was also the first president whose ethnic background wasn't mostly from the British Isles. He was best known for his shrewd political skills. He considered himself a follower of Thomas Jefferson and was one of the founders of the Democratic Party. We have Van Buren to thank for the expression "OK." He was from Kinderhook, New York, which was sometimes referred to as "Old Kinderhook." "O.K. Clubs" were created to support Van Buren's political campaigns, and the expression "OK" came to mean "all right."


Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841)


William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) - The 9th President of the United States, military officer and politician, he was the first president to die in office. He had the shortest tenure in presidential history. As an Army officer and governor of the territory that is now Indiana and Illinois, he fought Indians and made harsh treaties with them, clearing the way for more westward settlement by whites. His military victories against Indians made him a hero to white Americans. Harrison's father, Benjamin Harrison, signed the Declaration of Independence. William Henry Harrison's grandson, also named Benjamin Harrison, became the 23rd president.



John Tyler (1841)

John Tyler (1790-1862) - The 10th President of the United States, he was the first to succeed to the office following the death of a predecessor. As president, he stood against his party's platform and vetoed several of their proposals, resulting in most of his cabinet resigning and the Whigs expelling him from their party. His most famous achievement was the annexation of the Republic of Texas in 1845. Tyler had other "firsts" as president: His first wife was the first wife to die while her husband was still president, and he was the first president to marry while in office. Tyler was the last of the Virginia aristocrats in the White House. He was a Southerner until his death, even being elected to the Confederate Congress after unsuccessfully trying to keep the Union from dissolving and entering the Civil War. He was the only president who also allied himself with the Confederacy.



 None (1841-1845)

James K. Polk (1795-1849) - The 11th President of the United States, Polk also served as Speaker of the House and Governor of Tennessee. Polk was the last strong pre-Civil War president and was noted for his foreign policy successes. Scholars have ranked him favorably on the list of greatest presidents for his ability to set an agenda and achieve all of it. Polk was too sick as a child to get formal schooling, yet managed to graduate at the top of his class from the University of North Carolina when he was 22. He was nicknamed "Napoleon of the Stump" for his excellent speaking skills. Polk was a very hard-working chief executive who proved to be one of the most productive presidents in history. He greatly expanded the U.S. territory and reestablished the independent treasury system, among many other accomplishments. Upon election, he vowed to serve only one term, a promise he kept when he declined to run in 1848.



George M. Dallas (1845-1849)


Zachary Taylor - Distinguished General and President (1784-1850) - Distinguished general and 12th President of the United States, Taylor served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, where he earned the nickname of "Old Rough and Ready." He was elected president in 1848, the first to never have held any previous elected office. He was also the last President to hold slaves while in office. Just two years into his presidency he died.



Millard Fillmore (1849-1850)


Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) - The 13th President of the United States, he assumed the presidency after the death of Zachary Taylor. After serving out Taylor's term, he was not failed to gain the nomination for re-election.


None (1850-1853)

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) - Politician, lawyer, soldier, and 14th U.S. President, Pierce was a brigadier general in the Mexican-American War. As president, he made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him a reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. His popularity fell after he came out in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, repealing the Missouri Compromise and renewed the debate over expanding slavery in the West. He lost the nomination for re-election.



William King (1853)
None (1853-1857)

James Buchanan (1791-1868) - The 15th U.S. President, politician and attorney, he was often referred to as a "doughface," meaning a Northerner with Southern sympathies. Buchanan's efforts to maintain peace between the North and the South alienated both sides, and the Southern states declared their secession. His inability to impose peace on sharply divided partisans on the brink of the Civil War has led to his consistent ranking by historians as one of the worst Presidents.


John C. Breckinridge (1857-1861)





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Mt. Rushmorpe, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota displays the faces of

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and

Abraham Lincoln. Kathy Weiser, July, 2006.


Theodore Roosevelt and his dogs.

Theodore Roosevelt and his dogs.



The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.

You do not blame them  on your mother, the ecology, or the president.

You realize that you control your own destiny.

Albert Ellis

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