Facts About the United States Presidents

Updated on December 5, 2018
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#1 George Washington

Born - February 22, 1732, in Virginia

Military Service

  • British Militia: 1752–58
  • Continental Army: 1775–83
  • U.S. Army: 1798–99

Major Wars Served

  • French and Indian War (1754 – 1763), Battle of Jumonville Glen (May 28, 1754), Battle of Fort Necessity (July 3, 1754), Braddock Expedition (July 9, 1755), Battle of the Monongahela ( July 9, 1755), Forbes Expedition (1758)
  • American Revolutionary War (Apr 19, 1775 – Sep 3, 1783), Boston campaign (1774-1776), New York and New Jersey campaign (July 3, 1776), Philadelphia campaign (1777-1778), Yorktown campaign (January 1781 – October 1781)
  • Northwest Indian War (1785 – 1795)

Term of Office - April 30, 1789 - March 3, 1797 (served 2 terms at the age of 57)

Vice-President - John Adams

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - December 14, 1799 (67 years old) unknown

George Washington was the very first President of the United States and the only one to have been elected with a unanimous vote. He was known for his great moral character and his ability during battle. Americans often think of him as the "father of our country" because of the strong role he played in the developing the United States. The American leader is called a President, due to Washington's adverse feelings towards the title King. He also played a role in writing the Constitution.

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#2 John Adams

Born - October 30, 1735 - Massachusetts Bay, British America

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1797 - March 3, 1801 (62 years old) one term

Vice-President - Thomas Jefferson

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 4, 1826 (aged 90) Unknown

John Adams was our first Vice-President. During the first election, although Washington won unanimously, each electoral voter got two votes. Many of the voters chose to use one of their votes towards John Adams; there was a few who used both votes for George. Because of this, he had the second most votes and became Vice-President. Later he was elected for one term.

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#3 Thomas Jefferson

Born - April 13, 1743 - Virginia

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1801 - March 3, 1809 (58 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Aaron Burr (1801–1805) George Clinton (1805–1809)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 4, 1826 (aged 83) rheumatism, urinary, and digestive issues

Thomas Jefferson was the second Vice-President under Adams. He along with four other men wrote the Declaration of Independence, although he is often credited as the "Father of the Declaration of Independence," because he did write the majority of it. Although he did not credit his Presidency or writing of the Declaration of Independence as his greatest accomplishment, he referred to his building of the University of Virginia as that.

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#4 James Madison

Born - March 16, 1751 - Virginia

Military Service and Major Wars Served - Virginia Militia - Colonel

Term of Office - March 4, 1809 - March 3, 1817 (58 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - George Clinton (1809–1812) None (1812–1813) Elbridge Gerry (1813–1814) None (1814–1817)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 28, 1836 (aged 85) unknown

James Madison had a great effect on our nation early on. He was good friends with Thomas Jefferson and was influential to George Washington. Most notably, he wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, while Washington was in office. This allowed everyone to worship freely and not to be ruled by the Church of England, officially separating church and state.

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#5 James Monroe

Born - April 28, 1758 - Virginia

Military Service - Continental Army (major) Virginia Militia (colonel)

Major Wars Served - American Revolutionary War - Battle of Trenton (December 26, 1776)

Term of Office - March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1825 (59 years old) two terms

Vice-President - Daniel D. Tompkins

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 4, 1831 (aged 73) heart failure and tuberculosis

James Monroe was recognized by the earlier presidents due to his political promise. He was a Senator and played a key role in the Louisiana Purchase. He was both Secretary of State and Secretary of War under Madison during the War of 1812. He was elected shortly after the war ended, and due to the ease and success of his presidency, his terms in office became known as the "Era of Good Feelings."

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#6 John Quincy Adams

Born - July 11, 1767, in Massachusetts Bay

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829 (58 years old) one term

Vice-President - John C. Calhoun

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - February 23, 1848 (aged 80) stroke

John Quincy Adams was the son of the second President John Adams. He was a very successful politician both before and after he was in office. Unfortunately, due to the lack of support during his term, not much success was found during his presidency. This lack of support was due to a tie in electoral votes between Jackson and himself. The House of Representatives chose him, which is why he got the position, not Jackson. Still, he had a great impact on anti-slavery views while serving in the House of Representatives. He served there for 17 years.

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#7 Andrew Jackson

Born - March 15, 1767 - Waxhaw between the Carolinas

Military Service - Tennessee Militia United States Army (colonel and major)

Major Wars Served

  • American Revolutionary War (Apr 19, 1775 – Sep 3, 1783) • Battle of Hobkirk's Hill Creek War ( April 25, 1781)
  • War of 1812 • Battle of Talladega (November 9, 1813) • Battles of Emuckfaw and Enotachopo Creek (January 1814) • Battle of Horseshoe Bend (March 27, 1814) • Battle of Pensacola (Nov 7, 1814 – Nov 9, 1814) • Battle of New Orleans (Jan 8, 1815 – Jan 26, 1815)
  • First Seminole War Conquest of Florida • Battle of Fort Negro (July 27, 1816) • Siege of Fort Barrancas

Term of Office - March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1837 (62 years) two terms

Vice-President - John C. Calhoun (1829–1832) None (1832–1833) Martin Van Buren (1833–1837)Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 8, 1845 (aged 78) Unknown

Andrew Jackson had an impressive military career, which is what caught America's attention. He was known for a hot-temper and his strong use of veto power that earned him the nickname King Andrew. Despite these two characteristics, he was well-liked and actually helped create what we now know as the Democratic Party.

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#8 Martin Van Buren

Born - December 5, 1782 - New York

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1841 (55 years old) one term

Vice-President - Richard Mentor Johnson

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 24, 1862 (aged 79) bronchial asthma and heart failure

Martin Van Buren was nicknamed "the Little Magician," because he was very successful at achieving his goals and only stood 5'6" while working as a politician. President Jackson was a very strong supporter of Van Buren, but unfortunately once Martin was in office his popularity plummeted due to the financial panic of 1837, which occurred right after he was inaugurated. The country did not recover while he was in office and he was often blamed for this.

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#9 William Henry Harrison

Born - February 9, 1773 - Virginia Colony

Military Service - United States Army

Major Wars Served

  • Northwest Indian War - Siege of Fort Recovery (June 30, 1794) - Battle of Fallen Timbers (August 20, 1794)
  • Tecumseh's War - Battle of Tippecanoe (November 7, 1811)
  • War of 1812 - Siege of Fort Wayne (September 5-12, 1812) - Battle of the Thames (October 5, 1813)

Term of Office -March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841 (68 years old) 32 days in office

Vice-President - John Tyler

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - April 4, 1841 (aged 68) at time of death he was believed to have died of pneumonia, but a 2014 medical analysis changed his cause of death to the enteric fever

William Henry Harrison served the shortest term of any President, due to enteric fever, which caused him to die only 32 days after he was inaugurated. Prior to becoming President, he was very successful in the military. He was nicknamed "Old Tippecanoe," because of his success during the Battle of Tippecanoe, where he defeated Native Americans.

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#10 John Tyler

Born - March 29, 1790 - Virginia

Military Service - Volunteer Military Company

Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - April 6, 1841 - March 3, 1845 (51 years old) one term

Vice-President - none

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - January 18, 1862 (aged 71) most likely a stroke

John Tyler became president when William Henry Harrison died, becoming the first to take the oath of office due to the death of a predecessor. Due to the unique circumstances, he did not have a Vice-President. He had a very strong personality that conflicted with many. He also often used the power of veto, and when he vetoed one particular tariff bill, John Quincy Adams headed a committee to impeach John Tyler. The impeachment failed. He did accomplish good things though, such as ending a war with the Seminole Indians in Florida and entering a trade treaty with China.

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#11 James Knox Polk#12 Zachary Taylor #13 Millard Fillmore #14 Franklin Pierce #15 James Buchanan #16 Abraham Lincoln#17 Andrew Johnson #18 Ulysses S. Grant #19 Rutherford B. Hayes #20. James Garfield
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#11 James K. Polk

Born - November 2, 1795 - North Carolina

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1849 (50 years old) one term

Vice-President - George M. Dallas

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 15, 1849 (aged 53) cholera

During Polk's time in office, the United States acquired a lot of new land; including Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Despite these great gains, tension rose during this time between the North and the South. As new land was occupied, whether they would become a slave or free states would often be debated. Despite his success in his endeavors, when it came time to run again, he decided not to.

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#12 Zachary Taylor

Born - November 24, 1784 - Virginia

Military Service - United States Army - Major general

Major Wars Served -

  • War of 1812 • Siege of Fort Harrison (Sep 4, 1812 – Sep 5, 1812)
  • Black Hawk War (May 1832 – August 1832)
  • Second Seminole War • Battle of Lake Okeechobee (December 25, 18370
  • Mexican–American War • Battle of Palo Alto (May 8, 1846) • Battle of Resaca de la Palma (May 9, 1846) • Battle of Monterrey (Sep 21, 1846 – Sep 24, 1846) • Battle of Buena Vista (February 23, 1847)

Term of Office - March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850 (65 years old) 16 months

Vice-President - Millard Fillmore

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 9, 1850 (aged 65) intestinal ailments

Zachary Taylor was a war hero nicknamed "Old Rough and Ready" because of his success on the battlefield. He joined the army at 18 years old, and the first war he fought in was the War of 1812. He was actually nominated for President without him being present or aware of his nomination. He was well-liked because of his casual demeanor but unfortunately became ill only sixteen months after he was inaugurated, and died four days later.

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#13 Millard Fillmore

Born - January 7, 1800 - New York

Military Service - New York, Militia - Major

Major Wars Served

  • Mexican-American War
  • American Civil War

Term of Office - July 10, 1850 - March 3, 1853 (50 years old) less than three years

Vice-President - none

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - March 8, 1874 (74 years old) unknown

Millard Fillmore took office suddenly when Zachary Taylor unexpectedly died during a tumultuous time in the United States. The issue of slavery was very prominent, which caused him to make important decisions. The Compromise of 1850 was drafted while he was in office and he broke it down into five main points; California would become a free state, abolish slavery in D.C., federal officers would assist in finding fugitive slaves, the Texas boundary was determined, and New Mexico was granted territorial status.

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#14 Franklin Pierce

Born - November 23, 1804 - New Hampshire

Military Service- United States Army

Major Wars Served - Mexican–American War • Battle of Contreras (Aug 19, 1847 – Aug 20, 1847) • Battle of Churubusco (August 20, 1847) • Battle of Molino del Rey (September 8, 1847) • Battle of Chapultepec (September 8, 1847) • Battle for Mexico City (Sep 8, 1847 – Sep 15, 1847)

Term of Office - March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1857 (49 years old) one term

Vice-President - William R. King (1853) None (1853–1857)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - October 8, 1869 (aged 64) cirrhosis of the liver

Franklin Pierce was pro-slavery during a time when the issue of slavery was a hot topic within the United States. Although unlike many confederates, he did not think that secession was a good idea. Due to his stance, he became very unpopular and was only able to serve one term.

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#15 James Buchanan

Born - April 23, 1791 - Pennsylvania

Military Service - United States of America Dragoons - Private

Major Wars Served - War of 1812

Term of Office - March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1861 (66 years old) one term

Vice-President - John C. Breckinridge

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 1, 1868 (aged 77) tuberculosis

James Buchanan was very well-liked and served many governmental positions before becoming President. He vowed to only serve one term, which is a vow he kept. He spent most of his time in office dealing with foreign affairs and managed to keep away from the issue of slavery. Unfortunately, at the end of his term, right before Abraham Lincoln took office, the first of the Confederate states seceded, despite Buchanan's objections stating that it was unconstitutional.

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#16 Abraham Lincoln

Born - February 12, 1809 - Kentucky

Military Service - Illinois Militia

Major Wars Served - Black Hawk War

Term of Office - March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865 (52 years old) 4 years

Vice-President - Hannibal Hamlin (1861–1865) Andrew Johnson (1865)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - April 15, 1865 (aged 56) gunshot

Abraham Lincoln became President at the most tumultuous moment in United States history as the Civil War broke out and the country became split. He was able to reunite a nation through the war, stop slavery, and heal hearts, although not all hearts were healed. Some remained very angry at the outcome of the Civil War including John Wilkes Booth who shot him at Ford's Theater. Lincoln died from the injury the following day.

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#17 Andrew Johnson

Born - December 29, 1808 - North Carolina

Military Service -United States Army and Union Army - Brigadier General

Major Wars Served - American Civil War

Term of Office - April 15, 1865 - March 3, 1869 (57 years old) 4 years

Vice-President - none

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 31, 1875 (aged 66) stroke

Andrew Johnson unexpectedly took the oath of office after Lincoln was shot and died. The nation was trying to heal from the Civil War. He tried to make new laws regarding the newly freed slaves. Unfortunately "black codes" were created after Johnson let the Southern government establish laws, but Congress felt that was their responsibility. This caused dissension between Congress and Johnson. Impeachment hearings soon occurred. Although the House approved of impeachment, the Senate was one vote shy of impeaching Johnson. Although he did seek a second term, his Party chose a different candidate.

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#18 Ulysses S. Grant

Born - April 27, 1822 - Ohio

Military Service - United States Army Union Army

Major Wars Served - Mexican–American War and American Civil War

Term of Office (age at beginning of Presidency and how long President)

Vice-President - March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1877 (47 years old) 2 terms

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - July 23, 1885 (aged 63) throat cancer

Grant was known for his years as a war hero, although he was well-liked as President as well. He fought during the Mexican-American War where he was quickly promoted to captain within the Army due to his bravery during battle. Although he briefly left the Army, he rejoined as a commanding general when the Civil War broke out and had great success for the Union. It was his success and bravery that caught the attention of the union and eventually got him elected into office.

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#19 Rutherford B. Hayes

Born - October 4, 1822 - Ohio

Military Service - United States Army, Union Army

Major Wars Served - American Civil War Battle of South Mountain Valley Campaigns of 1864

Term of Office - March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1881 (55 years old) 1 term

Vice-President - William Wheeler

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - January 17, 1893 (aged 70) complications from a heart attack

Hayes was known for his extreme conservative beliefs, so much so that his wife got the nickname "Lemonade Lucy," because they did not serve alcohol in the White House. He was not a fan of big government and felt that local communities should govern themselves. Unfortunately, this may have hurt the black community as Northern troops that were sent to the South to protect the recently freed slaves left and local Southern governments were free to govern as they wished. Since he felt strongly that all should be equal this may have hurt his own mission for the United States. He promised early on that he would only serve one term, and he stuck by that promise. He did not run again.

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#20 James A. Garfield

Born - November 19, 1831 - Ohio

Military Service - United States Army and Union Army (Major General)

Major Wars Served - American Civil War Battle of Middle Creek Battle of Shiloh Siege of Corinth Battle of Chickamauga

Term of Office - March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881 (49 years old) 6 years

Vice-President - Chester A. Arthur

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - September 19, 1881 (aged 49) complications from a gunshot wound made many months earlier.

Garfield was one of four Presidents to be assassinated and one of eight who died while in office. He was targeted by a disgruntled man whom Garfield refused to give a Civil Service position to. The man shot him while he was waiting for a train on July 2, 1881. He did not die right away and actually seemed to be recovering. Unfortunately, they were unable to find the bullet that he was shot with since x-rays were not yet invented. An infection began due to the bullet remaining inside him, and he died on September 19 of that year.

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#21 Chester Arthur#22 and #24 Grover Cleveland #23. Benjamin Harrison #25. William McKinley #26. Theodore Roosevelt #27. William Howard Taft #28 Woodrow Wilson#29. Warren G. Harding #30. Calvin Coolidge
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#21 Chester Arthur

Born - October 5, 1829 - Vermont

Military Service - New York Militia

Major Wars Served - American Civil War

Term of Office - September 20, 1881 - March 3, 1885 (52 years) 4 years

Vice-President - none

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - November 18, 1886 (aged 57) cerebral hemorrhage

Chester Arthur suddenly became president right after Garfield had died of a gunshot months earlier. Many assumed he would fill the cabinet with his own friends, but he angered many including his own party. He wanted a system that was fairer and instated a law that required a person to pass a test before getting a governmental position. This law was called the Pendleton Act. Although he was well-liked by Americans, his party refused to back him for the next election.

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#22 and #24 Grover Cleveland

Born - March 18, 1837 - New Jersey

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office -March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889 ( 48 years old during the first term) March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 (56 years old during the second term) two nonconsecutive terms

Vice-President - Adlai Stevenson I

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 24, 1908 (aged 71) heart attack

Grover Cleveland is the only POTUS to have served two nonconsecutive terms. Many felt he was a man of integrity. In his early years, he served as a sheriff, where he exposed many dishonest men. This caught people's attention and he later became elected as a mayor, then governor, and eventually President. Through all of his work, he always tried his best. His dying words were supposedly, "I tried so hard to do right."

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#23 Benjamin Harrison

Born - June 24, 1908 (aged 71)

Military Service - United States Army

Major Wars Served - American Civil War

Term of Office - March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1893 (56 years old) one term

Vice-President - Levi P. Morton

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - March 13, 1901 (aged 67) pneumonia

Benjamin Harrison was sometimes thought as being cold, but he was well-respected. Unlike Grover Cleveland, he got along well with Congress and they often agreed. His grandfather was also President of the United States and his great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence.

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#25 William McKinley

Born - January 29, 1843 - Ohio

Military Service - United States Army (Union Army) - Brevet Major

Major Wars Served - American Civil War

Term of Office - March 4, 1897 - September 14, 1901 (54 years old) 4 years

Vice-President - Garret Hobart (1897–1899) None (1899–1901) Theodore Roosevelt (1901)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - September 14, 1901 (aged 58) gangrene caused by assassination attempt (gunshot)

William McKinley took office during a depression. Many looked to him to change the tide, although quickly the focus was less on the economy, but more on the increasing troubles in Cuba. Newspapers claimed that Spain was causing problems and took the life of a quarter of the Cuban population. McKinley wanted to remain peaceful, but eventually, America joined the Spanish American War.

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#26 Theodore Roosevelt

Born - October 27, 1858 - New York

Military Service - United States Army - Colonel

Major Wars Served - Term of OSpanish–American War • Battle of Las Guasimas • Battle of San Juan Hill

Term of Office - September 14, 1901, to March 3, 1909 (42 years old) 8 years

Vice-President - None (1901–1905) Charles W. Fairbanks (1905–1909)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - January 6, 1919 (aged 60) pulmonary embolism

Theodore Roosevelt loved adventure and had a lot of energy, which is good as he had six children who often made headlines due to their rambunctious behavior. He loved nature and even added 125 million acres of land to the national forest system in conservationist efforts. He was humble too. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, he stated that the only reason he was able to do such a noble act was that the position he had.

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#27 William Taft

Born - September 15, 1857 - Ohio

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - September 15, 1857 - Ohio (52 years old) one term

Vice-President - James Sherman

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - March 8, 1930 (aged 72) failing health due to general arteriosclerosis and myocarditis

William Taft was the only person ever to hold both the highest judicial position, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the highest executive person, POTUS. He did not find his time in office as an enjoyable time and stated that it was "the lonesomest place in the world." Chief Justice served him well, and he held that position until the day he died after being appointed by Harding.

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#28 Woodrow Wilson

Born - December 28, 1856, Staunton, Virginia

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1913 - March 3, 1921 (57 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Thomas R. Marshall

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - February 3, 1924 (aged 67) stroke

Woodrow Wilson was well-known for creating the League of Nations. Europe felt the League of Nation was a great idea, although Americans were much more hesitant because they feared it would weaken the United States power. Wilson would have fought to have the United States join, except he had a stroke during the last year in office and became paralyzed. Although Americans did not see the peace efforts the League of Nations would have brought, it was recognized by the Noble Peace committee. He won the Noble Peace Prize for his efforts in the League of Nations. Later it became the United Nations in which the United States is now one of five charter members. A total of 192 countries are part of it today.

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#29 Warren G. Harding

Born - November 2, 1865 - Ohio

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923 (56 years old) 2 years

Vice-President - Calvin Coolidge

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - August 2, 1923 (aged 57) cerebral hemorrhage

Warren Harding served for only two years because he died at 57 years old from a cerebral hemorrhage. When he ran, he won by a landslide with 60 percent of the votes. Republicans really liked him, because they were able to get most of their bills passed. He also felt strongly about desegregating African Americans and whites. Although he pushed for this, it did not happen while he was in office.

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#30 Calvin Coolidge

Born - July 4, 1872 - Vermont

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - August 3, 1923 - March 3, 1929 (51 years old) 6 years

Vice-President - None (1923–1925) Charles G. Dawes (1925–1929)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - January 5, 1933 (aged 60) coronary thrombosis

Calvin Coolidge was known as "Silent Cal" because he was a very quiet man. When Harding died, he was notified in the middle of the night of his new position and was sworn in at 2:30 a.m. by his father. He then went back to bed. He was efficient at his job. He managed the national debt and also was able to silence scandals that began during Harding's term in office.

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#34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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#36. Lyndon B. Johnson
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#37. Richard M. Nixon
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#38. Gerald R. Ford
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#31 Herbert Hoover

Born - August 10, 1874 - Iowa

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933 (55 years old) one term

Vice-President - Charles Curtis

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - October 20, 1964 (aged 90) massive internal bleeding.

Herbert Hoover was the first President to be born west of the Mississippi River. He lived the American dream. He was born to modest means, orphaned at a young age, and raised by his aunt and uncle. He managed to attend college, travel across seas, discover gold, and became a millionaire by the time he was 40. He donated all of his presidential salary to charities. Although not popular while President due to the Great Depression, his humanitarian efforts across seas earned him five nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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#32 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Born - January 30, 1882 - New York

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945 (51 years old) 12 years

Vice-President - John Nance Garner (1933–41) Henry A. Wallace (1941–45) Harry S. Truman (1945)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - April 12, 1945 (aged 63) cerebral hemorrhage

Franklin D. Roosevelt was known for his positive attitude and comforting presence. He was inaugurated during a tumultuous time in the world at the beginning of World War II. He helped the United States citizens remain calm, despite chaos ensuing throughout the world. He did so by talking over the radio, in what would become known as the "Fireside Chats." He also implemented a lot of programs, that collectively became known as "The New Deal." He was well respected.

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#33 Harry S. Truman

Born - May 8, 1884 - Missouri

Military Service - Missouri National Guard United States Army United States Army Reserve

Major Wars Served - World War I

Term of Office - April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953 (61 years old) 8 years

Vice-President - None (1945–49) Alben W. Barkley (1949–53)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - December 26, 1972 (aged 88) multiple organ failure

Harry Truman was Franklin Roosevelt's Vice-President. Unfortunately, they did not know each other very well. Roosevelt did not keep Truman up to date on such things as the atomic bomb. This posed a problem when Roosevelt was assassinated and it left Truman to make some very big decisions. In the end, Truman did choose to use the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end the war with Japan. Although this proved successful, it was not without its costs.

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#34 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Born - October 14, 1890 - Texas

Military Service - United States Army (general)

Major Wars Served - World War I and World War II

Term of Office - January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961 (63 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Richard Nixon

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - March 28, 1969 (aged 78) congestive heart failure

Although he served in the military during both WWI and WWII he never saw active battle. He did lead men in many circumstances including on D-Day when he served as the Supreme Commander of the Troops. He was very successful in all of his military positions and became very well liked. When it came time to run, both Republican and Democratic parties wanted him as their candidate. He ended up running as a Republican and served two terms.

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#35 John F. Kennedy

Born - May 29, 1917 - Massachusetts

Military Service - United States Navy (Lieutenant)

Major Wars Served - World War II Solomon Islands campaign

Term of Office - January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963 (43 years old) 2 years 11 months

Vice-President - Lyndon B Johnson

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - November 22, 1963 (aged 46) gunshot

JFK, as he is most often called, was one of four United States Presidents to be assassinated. The last significant thing he did while in office was persuade the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the United States to sign the Test Ban Treaty of 1963. This Treaty prohibited nuclear testing. Only six weeks later he was shot while riding in a motorcade and died just moments later.

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#36 Lyndon B. Johnson

Born - August 27, 1908 - Texas

Military Service - U.S. Naval Reserve - Commander

Major Wars Served - World War II

Term of Office - November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969 (55 years old) 6 years

Vice-President - None (1963–65) Hubert Humphrey (1965–69)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - January 22, 1973 (aged 64) heart attack

Lyndon Johnson was notoriously known for being in office during the Vietnam War. He continuously sought peace with them, although did not see it during his term. In fact, it did not end until after he passed away. His presidency was wrought with trials from the moment he took the oath of office, only two hours after JFK died to the continual protests over the Vietnam War.

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#37 Richard Nixon

Born - January 9, 1913 - California

Military Service - United States Navy Reserve

Major Wars Served - World War II

Term of Office - January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974 (56 years old) 5 years

Vice-President - Spiro Agnew (1969–1973) None (Oct–Dec 1973) Gerald Ford (1973–1974)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - April 22, 1994 (aged 81) stroke

Richard Nixon is the only POTUS to resign from office. He did so after the scandal known as Watergate was exposed. Despite having been very successful in office, his poor decisions and involvement in Watergate often overshadow the great he did do. Watergate involved the breaking in of the offices of the Democratic National Committee during the 1972 election. Many others resigned before Nixon's involvement was discovered.

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#38 Gerald R. Ford

Born - July 14, 1913 - Nebraska

Military Service - United States Navy (Lieutenant commander)

Major Wars Served - World War II

Term of Office - August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977 (61 years old) 3 years

Vice-President - None (Aug–Dec 1974) Nelson Rockefeller (1974–77)

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - December 26, 2006 (aged 93) atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis

Gerald R. Ford is the only man to have never been elected Vice-President nor President of the United States, yet held both positions. He became Vice-President after Spiro Agnew resigned, then after Nixon resigned he took the oath of office. He took this oath very seriously and was renominated for the Republican candidacy but lost to Jimmy Carter.

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#39 Jimmy Carter

Born - October 1, 1924

Military Service - United States Navy - Lieutenant

Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - January 20, 1977, January 20, 1981 (53 years old) 1 term

Vice-President - Walter Mondale

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - N/A

James Carter, more commonly known as Jimmy Carter, felt very called to help the environment and did so by expanding the national parks system. He also was very involved in foreign affairs and was successful in uniting Egypt and Israel in a peace treaty through the Camp David agreement of 1978. Unfortunately, it was often overlooked because, after the conflict, Iranian students held 52 American hostages after seizing the U.S. Embassy in Iran. He worked hard getting them released, yet he was blamed for them remaining there. This may have hurt him being reelected, but he did manage to get them released on inauguration day for Ronald Reagan.

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#40 Ronald Reagan

Born - February 6, 1911 - Illinois

Military Service - United States Army Air Forces

Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office -January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989 (70 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - George H. W. Bush

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - June 5, 2004 (aged 93) pneumonia complicated by Alzheimer's

Ronald Reagan did such a great job with the economy, the legislatures he put into place were nicknamed Reaganomics. He worked well with Congress and managed to curb inflation, to stimulate growth in the economy, and to strengthen the national defense. He did this while slashing taxes, although he did cut spending on welfare and unemployment programs.

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#41 George W. H. Bush

Born - June 12, 1924, Massachusetts

Military Service - United States Navy - Lieutenant (junior grade)

Major Wars Served - World War II

Term of Office - June 12, 1924, Massachusetts (65 years old) 1 term

Vice-President - Dan Quayle

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - November 30. 2018, 94 years old, although it is unclear, he did suffer from vascular parkinsonism

George W. H. Bush is one of two Presidents to have sons who also took the oath of office. Prior to taking the oath, he served during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as three other Air Medals while serving in the Navy. He flew 58 combats.

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#42 William Clinton

Born - August 19, 1946 - Arkansas

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001 (47 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Al Gore

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - N/A

William Clinton was able to boast the lowest unemployment rate in modern times. He also implemented laws to protect people who needed to care for their sick loved ones. Unfortunately, his successes in office are often overlooked due to a scandal that overshadowed his second term. His personal actions with an intern became public and he became impeached. The Senate eventually found him not guilty of the charges against him and he apologized for his misconduct.

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#43 George W. Bush

Born - July 6, 1946 - Connecticut

Military Service - Texas Air National Guard and Alabama Air National Guard (first lieutenant)

Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2009 (55 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Dick Cheney

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - N/A

George W. Bush was the son of the 41st President. At the beginning of his first term after the tragic events of 9/11 occurred he had the highest approval rating of any other who held office. Unfortunately, towards the end of his second term, he had the lowest approval rating. He worked hard to combat terrorism and even was quoted stating that he was declaring a "War on Terror."

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#44 Barack Obama

Born - August 4, 1961 - Hawaii

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - January 20, 2009 - current (48 years old) 2 terms

Vice-President - Joe Biden

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - N/A

Barack Obama was the first African American to ever hold the position of President of the United States. He was well-liked by the media and named Person of the Year in both 2008 and 2012. He also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One of the most notable things he did while in office was passing a health care bill named the Affordable Care Act, but due to the controversy of the program, many dubbed it Obamacare.

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#45 Donald Trump

Born - June 14, 1946 - New York

Military Service and Major Wars Served - none

Term of Office - January 20, 2017 - current (70 years old)

Vice-President - Mike Pence

Age, Year, and Cause of Death - N/A

President Donald Trump is the current POTUS. He was the first one to have never served in an elected position nor governmental position, as well as had never served in the military. He is also the first to be a billionaire.

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        This is a great article on the history of our presidents. Very well done!

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