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Quick Run Over the U.S. Presidents

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Last Update: Mar. 31, 2017.


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The United States of America was from the start a sleeping giant, a government of mainly white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) uniting an entire new continent freshly swept of pesky aborigines by genocide, teeming with undeveloped resources, conveniently separated by the Pond (Atlantic Ocean) from the wars and hatreds of the Euro past, from whence it systematically grew up and then took its place as Big Kid on the World Block, displacing Great Britain. Like the monarchs of England, the presidents of the U.S. are a good chronometer to put into your heads to help frame the world's history, for the last 200 years. There aren't that many of them, and one nice thing is that they change every four or eight years usually, and their terms usually begin and end on better-luck-this-time odd-numbered years (unless they have to fill more years, or ford between two years?).


U.S. Presidents

# President Years # Vice-President Years
1 George Washington (1732-99) 1789-1797 1 John Adams (1735-1826) 1789-1797
2 John Adams (1735-1826) 1797-1801 2 Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 1797-1801
3 Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 1801-1809 3 Aaron Burr Jr. (1756-1835) 1801-1805
4 George Clinton (1739-1812) 1805-1809
4 James Monroe (1758-1831) 1809-1817 George Clinton (1739-1812) 1809-1812
5 Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1744-1814) 1813-1814
5 James Monroe (1758-1831) 1817-1825 6 Daniel D. Tompkins (1774-1825) 1817-1825
6 John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 1825-1829 7 John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) 1825-1829
7 Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 1829-1837 John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) 1829-1832
8 Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) 1833-1837
8 Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) 1837-1841 9 Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850) 1837-1841
9 William Henry Harrison Sr. (1773-1841) 1841 10 John Tyler (1790-1862) 1841
10 John Tyler (1790-1862) 1841-1845
11 James Knox Polk (1795-1849) 1845-1849 11 George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) 1845-1849
12 Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) 1849-1850 12 Millard Fillmore (1800-74) 1849-1850
13 Millard Fillmore (1800-74) 1850-1853
14 Franklin Pierce (1804-69) 1853-1857 13 William Rufus DeVane King (1786-1853) 1853
15 James Buchanan Jr. (1791-1868) 1857-1861 14 John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-75) 1857-1861
16 Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) 1861-1865 15 Hannibal Hamlin (1809-91) 1861-1865
16 Andrew Johnson (1808-75) 1865
17 Andrew Johnson (1808-75) 1865-1869
18 Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85) 1869-1877 17 Schuyler Colfax Jr. (1823-85) 1869-1873
18 Henry Wilson (1812-75) 1873-1875
19 Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-93) 1877-1881 19 William Almon Wheeler (1819-87) 1877-1881
20 James Abram Garfield (1831-81) 1881 20 Chester Alan Arthur (1829-86) 1881
21 Chester Alan Arthur (1829-86) 1881-1885
22 Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) 1885-1889 21 Thomas Andrews Hendricks (1819-85) 1885
23 Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) 1889-1893 22 Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) 1889-1893
24 Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) 1893-1897 23 Adlai Ewing Stevenson Sr. (1835-1914) 1893-1897
25 William McKinley (1843-1901) 1897-1901 24 Garret Augustus Hobart (1844-99) 1897-1901
25 Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1858-1919) 1901
26 Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1858-1919) 1901-1909 26 Charles Warren Fairbanks (1852-1918) 1905-1909
27 William Howard Taft (1857-1930) 1909-1913 27 James Schoolcraft Sherman (1855-1912) 1909-1912
28 Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 1913-1921 28 Thomas Riley Marshall (1854-1925) 1913-1921
29 Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) 1921-1923 29 John Calvin "Silent Cal" Colidge Jr. (1874-1933) 1921-1923
30 John Calvin "Silent Cal" Colidge Jr. (1874-1933) 1923-1929 30 Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951) 1925-1929
31 Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) 1929-1933 31 Charles Curtis (1860-1936) 1929-1933
32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 1933-1945 32 John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner IV (1868-1967) 1933-1941
33 Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) 1941-1945
34 Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 1945
33 Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 1945-1953 35 Alben William Barkley (1877-1956) 1949-1953
34 Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (1890-1969) 1953-1961 36 Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) 1953-1961
35 John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917-63) 1961-1963 37 Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) 1961-1963
36 Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) 1963-1969 38 Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (1911-78) 1965-1969
37 Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) 1969-1974 39 Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-96) 1969-1973
40 Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1913-2006) 1973-1974
38 Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1913-2006) 1974-1977 41 Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-79) 1974-1977
39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. (1924-) 1977-1981 42 Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (1928-) 1977-1981
40 Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) 1981-1989 43 George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) 1981-1989
41 George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) 1989-1993 44 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle (1947-) 1989-1993
42 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (1946-) 1993-2001 45 Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. (1948-) 1993-2001
43 George Walker Bush (1946-) 2001- 46 Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (1941-) 2001-9
44 Barack Hussein Obama II (1961-) 2009- 47 Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. (1942-) 2009-
45 Donald John Trump (1946-) 2017- 48 Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (1959-) 2017-


The Quick Story of the Presidents (Washington to FDR):

In Washington Adam was jeopardized by a mad monster. Adam and Jack ran to the bureau, but in their hurry they broke a tile and poked a tailor. They filmed more buildings, pierced by a cannon which was linked by John's son to granite. The haze over garden and field sheltered Arthur, who cleaved his way in a hurry. He cleaved mockingly as he cried "A rose taffeta dress will hardly be the right thing in a college, but whoever desires rose veils may truly wear them."

Now let's cover them systematically.

George Washington (1732-99) John Adams (1735-1826) Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Aaron Burr (1756-1836) George Clinton (1739-1812)

U.S. pres. #1 is good ole George Washington (1732-99) (1789-97), the head of his nation and father of his country, who was above political parties, but during whose first term the Federalist and Dem.-Repub. Parties were founded; he is followed by his vice-pres. (#1) John Adams (1735-1826), who is Federalist pres. #2 (1797-1801), and is followed by his vice-pres. (#2) Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) as Dem.-Repub. pres. #3 (1801-9), whose vice-presidents are #3 Aaron Burr (1756-1836) (1801-5) and #4 George Clinton (1739-1812) (1805-9).

James Madison (1751-1836) George Clinton (1739-1812) Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) Gerrymandering

James Madison (1751-1836) is Dem.-Repub. pres. #4 (1809-17), with vice-pres. #4 George Clinton (1739-1812) (1809-12), then #5 Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1744-1814) (pr. with a hard G) (1813-4), famous for inventing Gerrymandering.

James Monroe (1758-1831) Daniel D. Tompkins (1774-1825)

Having beat the pesky Brits twice, the U.S. is rolling along, with the Era of Good Feelings and the Monroe Doctrine. James Monroe (1758-1831) is Dem.-Repub. pres. #5 (1817-25), with vice-pres. #6 Daniel D. [maybe Decius, but probably just D.] Tompkins (1774-1825) (1817-25).

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850)

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) is Dem.-Repub. pres. #6 (1825-9), with vice-pres. #7 John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) (1825-9).

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850)

The first real people's choice, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) is Dem. pres. #7 (1829-37), whose vice-presidents are #7 John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) (1829-32) and #8 Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) (1833-7), who is pres. #8 (1837-41) (first born after the U.S. achieved independence from Britain), with vice-pres. #9 Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850) (1837-41), the only vice-pres. elected by the U.S. Senate under the provisions of the 12th Amendment.

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) John Tyler (1790-1862)

"Tippecanoe" William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) is Whig pres. #9 (1841), and after his famous long whigbag, er, windbag inaguration speech in the rain leads to death from pneumonia, his vice-pres. (#10) John Tyler (1790-1862) (a Dem.-Repub. elected on the Whig ticket) becomes pres. #10 (1841-5), with no vice-pres. Who can forget that Ten is Tyler and Twelve is Taylor? Tyler had a record 12 children by two wives, making him the f---ingest U.S. pres. in history so far.

James Knox Polk (1795-1849) George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) Millard Fillmore (1800-74)

James Knox Polk (1794-1849) is Dem. pres. #11 (1845-9), with vice-pres. #11 George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) (1845-9). Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) is Whig pres. #12 (1849-50) (last Southerner until Wilson), but after he chokes on some cherries his vice-pres. #12 Millard Fillmore (1800-74) fills in as pres. #13 (1850-3) (first born in the 1800s) (last Whig pres.), with no vice-pres.

Franklin Pierce (1804-69) Doughface William Rufus deVane King (1786-1853)

Doughface Franklin Pierce (1804-69) is Dem. pres. #14 (1853-7), with William Rufus deVane King (1786-1853) as vice-pres. #13 in 1853, who dies in office, after which Doughface (Northerner with Southern sympathies) Pierce rides solo.

James Buchanan (1791-1868) Doughface John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-75)

James Buchanan (1791-1868) (another doughface) is Dem. pres. #15 (1857-61), with vice-pres. #14 John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-75) (1857-61).

Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) Hannibal Hamlin (1809-91) Andrew Johnson (1808-75)

The U.S. Civil War begins the day that Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) is Repub. pres. #16 (1861-5), with Hannibal Hamlin (1809-91) as vice-pres. #15 in 1861-5, and Andrew Johnson (1808-75) as vice-pres. #16 in 1865, who after the big surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Va. and the assassination is Repub. pres. #17 (1865-9), with no vice-pres.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85) Schuyler Colfax Jr. (1823-85)

Top Union Civil War gen. Ulysses S. "Unconditional Surrender" Grant (1822-85) is Repub. pres. #18 (1869-77), with vice-presidents #17 Schuyler Colfax Jr. (1823-85) (1869-73) and #18 Henry Wilson (Jeremiah Jones Colbath) (1812-75) (1873-5), who dies in office. Grant was the last of 12 presidents to have owned slaves, and the last of four of these to not own any while in office, the last being Zachary Taylor. Of the first 18 presidents, only John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln never owned any.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-93) William Almon Wheeler (1819-87)

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-93) is Repub. pres. #19 (1877-81), with vice-pres. #19 William Almon Wheeler (1819-87) (1877-81).

James Abram Garfield (1831-81) Chester Alan Arthur (1829-86)

James Abram Garfield (1831-81) is Repub. pres. #20 in 1881, and after he is assassinated is succeeded by his vice-pres. #20 Chester Alan Arthur (1829-86), who is Repub. pres. #21 (1881-5), with no vice-pres.

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) Thomas Andrews Hendricks (1819-85)

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) is Dem. pres. #22 (1885-9), with vice-pres. #21 Thomas Andrews Hendricks (1819-85) (1885).

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) Adlai Ewing Stevenson Sr. (1835-1914)

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) (1889-93) is Repub. #23, with vice-pres. #22 Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) (1889-93). Then Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) returns as pres. #24 (1893-7), with vice-pres. #23 Adlai Ewing Stevenson Sr. (1835-1914) (1893-7).

William McKinley (1843-1901) Garret Augustus Hobart (1844-99) Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) Charles Warren Fairbanks (1852-1918)

William McKinley (1843-1901) is Repub. #25 (1897-1901), with vice-pres. #24 Garret Augustus Hobart (1844-99) (1897-1901) and #25 Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) (1901), who after McKinley's assassination is Repub. pres. #26 (1901-1905), with vice-pres. #26 Charles Warren Fairbanks (1852-1918) (1905-9).

William Howard Taft (1857-1930 James Schoolcraft Sherman (1855-1912)

William Howard Taft (1857-1930) is Repub. pres. #27 (1909-13), with vice-pres. #27 James Schoolcraft Sherman (1855-1912) (1909-12).

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) Thomas Riley Marshall (1854-1925)

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) is Dem. pres. #28 (1913-21), with vice-pres. #28 Thomas Riley Marshall (1854-1925) (1913-21), during whose term the U.S. tried in vain to stay out of Euro affairs and ended up invading to save their former enemy the Brits in WWI.

Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) John Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951)

Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) is Repub. pres. #29 (1921-3), with vice-pres. #29 John Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge Jr. (1872-1933) (1921-3), who after Harding's suspicious death is pres. #30 (1923-9), with vice-pres. #30 Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951) (1925-9), who authored the Dawes Plan for WWI reparations and shared the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize.

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) Charles Curtis (1860-1936)

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) is Repub. pres. #31 (1929-33), with half-Indian vice-pres. #31 Charles Curtis (1860-1936) (1929-33), immediately facing Black Tuesday in 1929, and limping along until the inevitable exeunt stage left.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) John Nance Garner IV (1868-1967) Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) Alben William Barkley (1877-1956)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) is Dem. pres. #32 (1933-45), being elected 4x, with vice-presidents #32 John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner IV (1868-1967) (1933-41), #33 Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) (1941-5), and #34 Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) (1945), who after FDR's death is Dem. pres. #33 (1945-53), with vice-pres. #35 Alben William Barkley (1877-1956) (1949-53).

Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94)

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (1890-1969) is Repub. pres. #34 (1953-61), with vice-pres. #36 Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) (1953-61).

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-63) Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (1911-78)

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917-63) is Dem. pres. #35 (1961-3), with vice-pres. #37 Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) (1961-3), who after JFK's assassination is pres. #36 (1963-9), with vice-pres. #38 Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (1911-78) (1965-9).

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-94) Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-96) Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1913-2006) Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-79)

Richard Milhous "Tricky Dicky" Nixon (1913-94) is Repub. pres. #37 (1969-74), with vice-pres. #39 Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-96) (1969-73) and #40 Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1913-2006) (1973-4), who after Watergate and Nixon's resignation is Repub. pres. #38 (1974-7), with vice-pres. #41 Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-79) (1974-7).

Jimmy Carter (1924-) Walter 'Fritz' Mondale (1928-)

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. (1924-) is Dem. pres. #39 (1977-81), with vice-pres. #42 Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (1928-) (1977-81).

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) Dan Quayle (1947-)

Former Hollywood actor Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) is Repub. pres. #40 (1981-9), with vice-pres. #43 George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) (1981-9), who is Repub. pres. #41 (1989-93), with vice-pres. #44 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle (1947-) (known for spelling potato with an e) (first Baby Boomer, unfortunately?) (1989-93).

Bill Clinton (1946-) Al Gore (1948-)

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (1946-) is Dem. pres. #42 (first Baby Boomer pres.) (1993-2001), with vice-pres. #45 Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. (1948-) (1993-2001).

George Walker Bush (1946-) George Walker Bush (1946-) George Walker Bush (1946-) Dick Cheney (1941-)

George Walker Bush (1946-) is Repub. pres. #43 (2001-9), with vice-pres. #46 Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (1941-) (2001-9).

Barack Hussein Obama II (1961-) Joseph Robinette 'Joe' Biden Jr. (1942-)

Up till this point all U.S. presidents have been lily white hetero non-Jewish mainly Protestant males, WASPs mainly. Suddenly, in 2008 the U.S. elects, er, dark horse candidate Barack Hussein Obama II (1961-) as Dem. pres. #44 (2009-17), with vice. pres. #47 Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. (1942-) (2009-17).

Time mag. cover, Nov. 9, 2016 Mike Pence of the U.S. (1959-)

Maverick non-PC real estate billionaire Donald John Trump (1946-) is Repub. pres. #45 (2017-), with vice pres. #48 Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (1959-) (2017-).



Let's Play House


Yes, the presidential race isn't a beauty contest, or an entitlement, but let's play house and fantasize about who will break the gender barrier in Da White House and become the first black or woman vice-president, or the first woman president. Will they come from the U.S. Senate (woman), or U.S. Senate (black), or U.S. House, or U.S. House (black), or be wealthy Congresspersons, or from Hollyweird? Here's some potential candidates you might want to watch.

Dianne Feinstein of the U.S. (1932-) Elizabeth Dole of the U.S. (1936-) Barbara Mikulski of the U.S. (1936-) Eleanor Holmes Norton of the U.S. (1937-) Barbara Boxer of the U.S. (1940-) John Robert Lewis of the U.S. (1940-) Nancy Pelosi of the U.S. (1940-) ="Bernardine Barbra Streisand (1942-) Angela Yvonne Davis (1944-) Doris Matsui of the U.S. (1944-) Alice Walker (1944-) Catherine Brown of the U.S. (1946-) Danny Lebern Glover (1946-) Susan Sarandon (1946-) Hillary Rodham Clinton of the U.S. (1947-) Samuel L. Jackson (1948-) Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. (1948-) Caitlyn Jenner (1949-) Mary Louise 'Meryl' Streep (1949-) Elizabeth Warren of the U.S. (1949-) Sheila Jackson Lee (1950-) Elijah Cummings (1951-) Gwen Moore of the U.S. (1951-) Terri Sewell of the U.S. (1951-) Roseanne Barr (1952-) Elaine Chao of the U.S. (1953-) Claire McCaskill of the U.S. (1953-) Cornel Ronald West (1953-) Mary Fallin of the U.S. (1954-) Brenda L. Lawrence of the U.S. (1954-) Condoleezza Rice of the U.S. (1954-) Alfred Charles 'Al' Sharpton Jr. (1954-) Denzel Washington (1954-) Oprah Winfrey (1954-) Heidi Heitkamp (1955-) Maria Shriver of the U.S. (1955-) Whoopi Goldberg (1955-) Fran Drescher (1957-) Caroline Kennedy of the U.S. (1957-) Spike Lee (1957-) Janet Napolitano of the U.S. (1957-) Ellen Degeneres (1958-) Maggie Hassan of the U.S. (1958-) Madonna (1958-) Donna Lease Brazile (1959-) Loretta Lynch of the U.S. (1959-) Sally Yates of the U.S. (1960-) Ann Coulter (1961-) Jodie Foster (1962-) Wesley Snipes (1962-) Katherine Clark of the U.S. (1963-) Michelle Obama of the U.S. (1964-) Sarah Palin of the U.S. (1964-) Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. (1965-) Brooke Shields (1965-) Kirsten Gillibrand of the U.S. (1966-) Jamie Foxx (1967-) Kelly Ayotte of the U.S. (1968-) Tammy Duckworth of the U.S. (1968-) Cuba Gooding Jr. (1968-) Ashley Judd (1968-) Will Smith (1968-) Samantha Bee (1969-) Cory Booker of the U.S. (1969-) Joni Ernst of the U.S. (1970-) Taraji P. Henson (1970-) Megyn Marie Kelly (1970-) Queen Latifah (1970-) Michelle Malkin (1970-) Nikki Haley of the U.S. (1972-) Angelina Jolie (1975-) Jaime Herrera Beutler of the U.S. (1978-) Katie Holmes (1978-) Chelsea Clinton (1980-) Tulsi Gabbard of the U.S. (1981-) Ivanka Trump (1981-) Lady Gaga (1986-)

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