By Cynthia Kirkeby

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The American Presidency

All US Presidents

1. George Washington
Born: February 22, 1732, Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Died: December 14, 1799.
Party: None.
Age when inaugurated: 57.
Term: 1789-1797.
Presidential Fact: Washington was the first President of the United States. He refused to run for a third term.
Quote:“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” (January 8, 1790)

2. John Adams
Born: October 30, 1735, Braintree, Massachusetts.
Died: July 4, 1826.
Party: Federalist.
Age when inaugurated: 61.
Term: 1797–1801.
Quote: “It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power.” (1788)

3. Thomas Jefferson
Born: April 13, 1743, Albemarle County, Virginia.
Died: July 4, 1826.
Party: Democratic-Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 57.
Term: 1801–1809.
Quote:  “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.” (September 28, 1820)

4. James Madison
Born: March 16, 1751, Port Conway, Virginia.
Died: June 28, 1836.
Party: Democratic-Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 57.
Term: 1809–1817.
Quote: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” (June 16, 1788)

5. James Monroe
Born: April 28, 1758, Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Died: July 4, 1831.
Party: Democratic-Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 58.
Term: 1817–1825.
Quote: “The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.” (November 16, 1818)

6. John Quincy Adams
Born: July 11, 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts.
Died: February 23, 1848.
Party: Democratic-Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 57.
Term: 1825–1829.
Presidential Fact: John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first father and son to both be elected President of the United States.
Quote:  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

7. Andrew Jackson
Born: March 15, 1767, Waxhaw settlement, South Carolina.
Died: June 8, 1845.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 61.
Term: 1829–1837.
Quote: “One man with courage makes a majority.”

8. Martin Van Buren
Born: December 5, 1782, Kinderhook, New York.
Died: July 24, 1862. Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 54.
Term: 1837–1841.
Presidential Fact: Martin Van Buren was the first President, who was born an American citizen.
Quote: “The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.”

9. William Henry Harrison
Born: February 9, 1773, Berkeley, Virginia.
Died: April 4, 1841.
Party: Whig.
Age when inaugurated: 68.
Term: 1841.
Presidential Fact: William Harrison delivered his inaugural speech, caught a cold, and died a month later; the first President to die in office.
Quote: “I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.”

10. John Tyler
Born: March 29, 1790, Greenway, Virginia.
Died: January 18, 1862.
Party: Whig.
Age when inaugurated: 51.
Term: 1841–1845.
Presidential Fact: John Tyler completed Harrison’s term as President after Harrison died of a cold.
Quote: “Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette: the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace.”

11. James K. Polk
Born: November 2, 1795, near Pineville, North Carolina.
Died: June 15, 1849.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 49.
Term: 1845–1849.
Quote: “There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S.”

12. Zachary Taylor
Born: November 24, 1784, Orange County, Virginia.
Died: July 9, 1850.
Party: Whig.
Age when inaugurated: 64.
Term: 1849-1850.
Quote:“In all disputes between conflicting governments it is our interest not less than our duty to remain strictly neutral, while our geographical position, the genius of our institutions and our people, the advancing spirit of civilization, and, above all, the dictates of religion direct us to the cultivation of peaceful and friendly relations with all other powers.” (March 5, 1849)

13. Millard Fillmore
Born: January 7, 1800, Locke, New York.
Died: March 8, 1874.
Party: Whig.
Age when inaugurated: 50.
Term: 1850-1853
Quote: “May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”

14. Franklin Pierce
Born: November 23, 1804, Hillsboro, New Hampshire.
Died: October 8, 1869.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 48.
Term: 1853-1857.
Quote: “The maintenance of large standing armies in our country would be not only dangerous, but unnecessary.”

15. James Buchanan
Born: April 23, 1791, near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
Died: June 1, 1868
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 65.
Term: 1857-1861.
Quote: “I like the noise of democracy.”

16. Abraham Lincoln
Born: February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Died: April 15, 1865.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 52.
Term: 1861-1865.
Presidential Fact: Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater shortly after the surrender of the Confederate Army.
Quote: “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end”

17. Andrew Johnson
Born: December 29, 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Died: July 31, 1875.
Party: National Union.
Age when inaugurated: 56.
Term: 1865-1869.
Presidential Fact: Andrew Johnson was impeached, tried, and acquitted.
Quote: “Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests.”

18. Ulysses S. Grant
Born: April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio.
Died: July 23, 1885.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 46.
Term: 1869-1877.
Quote: “To maintain peace in the future it is necessary to be prepared for war.” (1886)

19. Rutherford B. Hayes
Born: October 4, 1822, Delaware, Ohio.
Died: January 17, 1893.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 54.
Term: 1877-1881.
Quote: “In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments.”

20. James A. Garfield
Born: November 19, 1831, Orange, Ohio.
Died: September 19, 1881.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 49.
Term: 1881.
Presidential Fact: James Garfield was assassinated during his first year in office.
Quote: “Ideas control the world.”

21. Chester A. Arthur
Born: October 5, 1829, Fairfield, Vermont.
Died: November 18, 1886.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 51.
Term: 1881-1885.
Quote: “Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remain unshaken.”

22. Grover Cleveland
Born: March 18, 1837, Caldwell, New Jersey.
Died: June 24, 1908.
Party: Democratic.
Ages when inaugurated: 47; 55.
Terms: 1885-1889; 1893-1897.
Presidential Fact: Grover Cleveland was the only President elected to two non consecutive terms in office.
Quote: “A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out.”

23. Benjamin Harrison
Born: August 20, 1833, North Bend, Ohio.
Died: March 13, 1901.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 55.
Term: 1889-1893.
Quote: “Where the children of rich and poor mingle together on the play ground and in the school room, there is produced a unity of feeling and a popular love for public institutions that can be brought about in no other way.”

24. Grover Cleveland
Born: March 18, 1837, Caldwell, New Jersey.
Died: June 24, 1908.
Party: Democratic.
Ages when inaugurated: 47; 55.
Terms: 1885-1889; 1893-1897.
Presidential Fact: Grover Cleveland was the only President elected to two non consecutive terms in office.
Quote: “No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law.”

25. William McKinley
Born: January 29, 1843, Niles, Ohio.
Died: September 14, 1901.
Party: Republican.w
Age when inaugurated: 54.
Term: 1897-1901.
Presidential Fact: McKinley was assassinated.
Quote: “That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime — to set an example — and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”

26. Theodore Roosevelt
Born: October 27, 1858, New York, New York.
Died: January 6, 1919.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 42.
Term: 1901-1909.
Quote: “To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed”

27. William Howard Taft
Born: September 15, 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Died: March 8, 1930.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 51.
Term: 1909-1913.
Quote: “We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.”

28. Woodrow Wilson
Born: December 29, 1856, Staunton, Virginia.
Died: February 3, 1924.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 56.
Term: 1913-1921.
Quote: “There is no indispensable man.” (August 7, 1912)

29. Warren G. Harding
Born: November 2, 1865, near Blooming Grove, Ohio.
Died: August 2, 1923.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 55.
Term: 1921-1923.
Quote: “Every student has the ability to be a successful learner,”

30. Calvin Coolidge
Born: July 4, 1872, Plymouth Notch, Vermont.
Died: January 5, 1933.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 51.
Term: 1923-1929.
Quote: “The business of America is business.”

31. Herbert C. Hoover
Born: August 10, 1874, West Branch, Iowa.
Died: October 20, 1964.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 54.
Term: 1929-1933.
Quote: “Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.”

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York.
Died: April 12, 1945.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 51.
Term: 1933-1945.
Presidential Fact: Roosevelt was the only President elected four times. He died during his fourth term in office.
Quote: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” (March 4, 1933)

33. Harry S. Truman
Born: May 8, 1884, Lamar, Missouri.
Died: December 26, 1972.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 60.
Term: 1945-1953.
Presidential Fact: Truman became President after Roosevelt died from ill health during his fourth term in office.
Quote: “You can not stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it.” (June 4, 1948)

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Born: October 14, 1890, Denison, Texas.
Died: March 28, 1969.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 62.
Term: 1953-1961.
Quote: “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”

35. John F. Kennedy
Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts.
Died: November 22, 1963.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 43.
Term: 1961-1963.
Presidential Fact: Kennedy was assassinated in the third year of his term.
Quote: “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”

36. Lyndon B. Johnson
Born: August 27, 1908, near Stonewall, Texas.
Died: January 22, 1973.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 55.
Term: 1963-1969.
Presidential Fact: Johnson took over the Presidency after Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and was then elected to a second term.
Quote: “Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present.”

37. Richard M. Nixon
Born: January 9, 1913, Yorba Linda, California.
Died: April 22, 1994.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 56.
Term: 1969-1974.
Presidential Fact: To prevent congress from impeaching him, Nixon resigned his office in 1974. He is the only US President to resign.
Quote: “Always give your best, never get discourage, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” (August 9, 1974)

38. Gerald R. Ford
Born: July 14, 1913, Omaha, Nebraska.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 61.
Term: 1974-1977.
Quote: “Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a Government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.”

39. James E. (Jimmy) Carter
Born: October 1, 1924, Plains, Georgia.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 52.
Term: 1977-1981.
Quote: “It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honour nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”

40. Ronald W. Reagan
Born: February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 69.
Term: 1981-1989.
Presidential Fact: Reagan is the only President to survive after being shot during an assassination attempt.
Quote: “There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder”

41. George H. W. Bush
Born: June 12, 1924, Milton, Massachusetts.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 64.
Term: 1989-1993.
Presidential Fact: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are only the second father and son to both be elected President of the United States.
Quote: “Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.”

42. William J. (Bill) Clinton
Born: August 19, 1946, Hope, Arkansas.
Party: Democratic.
Age when inaugurated: 46.
Term: 1993-2000.
Presidential Fact: Bill Clinton was impeached by Congress, but not removed from office. The Senate acquitted him, failing to reach a two-thirds majority.
Quote: “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

43. George W. Bush
Born: July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Party: Republican.
Age when inaugurated: 54
Term: 2001–2008.
Presidential Fact: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are only the second father and son to both be elected President of the United States.
Quote: “I can hear you. I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

44. Barack Obama
Born: August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Party: Democrat
Age when inaugurated: 47
Term: 2009-2012
Presidential Fact: Barack Obama is the first black U.S. President.
Quote: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

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