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The first Presidents of the United States 2
By Félix Boulin

  1. 30 April, 1797

    George Washington

    "George Washington becomes President of the U.S, unanimously elected by the Electoral College. Previously Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, he was part of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution. He was elected for a second term in 1792."

  2. 4 March, 1797

    John Adams - Federalist

    "John Adams becomes President of the U.S. He was a member of the Founding Fathers, and Vice President under G. Washington. Considered by many the father of the American Navy, he was the first president to dwell whithin the White House. He was elected for a second term in 1801."

  3. 4 March, 1801

    Thomas Jefferson - Democratic-Republican

    "Thomas Jefferson becomes President of the U.S. As one of the Founding Fathers, he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. He organized the purchase of Louisiana and signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves.He was elected for a second term in 1805."

  4. 4 March, 1809

    James Madison - Democratic-Republican

    "James Madison becomes President of the U.S. As one of the Founding Fathers, he was the primary author of the United States Constitution and of the Bill of Rights. He was elected for a second term in 1809."

  5. 4 March, 1817

    James Monroe - Democratic-Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. Last one of the Founding Fathers to become president, he was also the last president of the First Party System. He was elected for a second term in 1821, almost unanimously. "

  6. 4 March, 1825

    John Quincy Adams - Democratic-Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. Son of president Adams, he defended the U.S. republican values with great zeal, which shaped the U.S. foreign policy for years to come. With no good grip on Congress, he is also the first president to lose his bid for a second term. "

  7. 4 March, 1829

    Andrew Jackson - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. Founder of the Democratic Party, he advocated the rights of the common people against banking conglomerates, and signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, reinstating Native Americans within their original territories. He was elected for a second term in 1833."

  8. 4 March, 1837

    Martin Van Buren - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. He is blamed for the depression that followed the Panic of 1837, a financial crisis which nurtured a major recession, hurting the American economy until 1845. In consequence, he lost against the rising Whig pary in 1840. "

  9. 4 March, 1841

    William Henry Harrison - Whig

    " becomes President of the U.S at 68 years old, making him the oldest President-elect until Reagan in 1981. Hardly a month into his term he died of complications from pneumonia, and he is now remembered for the shortest presidencial tenure in history."

  10. 4 April, 1841

    John Tyler

    " becomes President of the U.S, after serving as W. Harrison Vice-president for one month only. Substantial believer of the manifest destiny -widespread belief that American settlers prospect was to expand all over North America, he organised the annexation of Texas at the very end of his term. "

  11. 4 March, 1845

    James K. Polk - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. as a black horse against Whig Party favourite Henry Clay. He led America into utter victory in the Mexican-American war. This war which started over the annexation of Texas, resulted in the cession by Mexico of most of the American Southwest region. "

  12. 4 March, 1849

    Zachary Taylor - Whig

    " becomes President of the U.S. after being recognized a national hero during the Mexican-American war. He died suddenly, sixteen months into his term, and had not impact in the outset of soon-to-come American civil war."

  13. 9 July, 1850

    Millard Fillmore - Whig

    " becomes President of the U.S. He is the last member of the Whig party to reside the White House. He opened trade with Japan, and opposed the French over Hawaï. He also enforced the Fugitive Slaves Act, requiring the cooperation of every citizen in returning escaped slaves to their owners. "

  14. 4 March, 1853

    Franklin Pierce - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. He was against the abolitionist movement, that he considered a threat against American unity. His popularity fell short after he enacted the Kensas-Nebraska Act, which led to Bleeding Kansas, violent anti-slavery political confrontations. "

  15. 4 March, 1857

    James Buchanan - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. He had no implications in the controversial Kensas-Nebraska Act, but he allied Southerners to gain admission of Kansas as a slave state. Unpopular at the end of his term, his unability to prevent secession made him remembered as one of the worst American presidents."

  16. 4 March, 1861

    Abraham Lincoln - Republican / National Union

    " becomes President of the U.S. The American Civil War bursted in 1861 and he led the U.S. through it, preserving the Union and abolishing slavery. Assasinated in 1865, he left the American people with a strenghthened federal government and a modernized economy."

  17. 15 April, 1865

    Andrew Johnson - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S, as Vice President of late A. Lincoln. He worked for a quick restoration of the seceded states into the Union. He was opposed to the guarantee of federal rights for African Americans - fervently oposing the 14th amendment for instance."

  18. 4 March, 1869

    Ulysses S. Grant - Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. He was Commanding General during the civil war, and along with A. Lincoln, he led the Union Army towards victory against the Confederacy. He spent both his terms during the Reconstruction, trying to rid the U.S. of the remnants of Confederate nationalism and slavery."

  19. 4 March, 1877

    Rutherford B. Hayes - Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. He began the work on civil service reform, further consolidating American civil rights. He kept the pledge he took not to run for a second term."

  20. 4 March, 1881

    James A. Garfield - Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. Assasinated in 1881, his tenure only lasted 200 days. During his short term, he reinforced presidential authority against the Senate, and help energize Amercian naval power. "

  21. 19 September, 1881

    Chester A. Arthur - Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S, as J. Garfield Vice President. He defended the civil service reform and enforced the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing that access to positions within the federal government is based on merit instead of political affiliation. "

  22. 4 March, 1885

    Grover Cleveland - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. He is one of the sparse Democrates to be elected president during the Republican domination era (1861-1933). Although he lost the 1889 elections, he won again in 1893 making him the only American president to date to serve two non-consecutive terms."

  23. 4 March, 1889

    Benjamin Harrison - Republican

    " becomes President of the U.S. Grandson of late president W.H. Harrison he enacted protectionist economic legislation such as the McKinley Tariff. He supported in vain voting rights for African Americans. "

  24. July, 1972

    Grover Cleveland - Democratic

    " becomes President of the U.S. He is one of the sparse Democrates to be elected president during the Republican domination era (1861-1933). Although he lost the 1889 elections, he won again in 1893 making him to date the only American president to serve two non-consecutive terms."

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