America has had 44 intrepid leaders. The first President, George Washington, began his job in 1789, and we inaugurated our 44th President, Barack Obama in January of 2009. That's 220 years of history and, for the first time, we've elected an African American President. Who knows what the future will bring!
Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president, who was in office from 1861 until his death by assassination on April 15th, 1865. He was the first Republican elected President and was most famous for leading the United States through the Civil War and ending slavery with the Emancipation Proclimation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Andrew Jackson was America's 7th President, and he served two terms from 1829 to 1837. Almost his entire Presidency, he had his eye on the great American frontier and expanding the boundaries of the nation. Interestingly enough, he served without a Vice President for two years, in 1832 and 1833.
Barack Obama assumes the offices of the President of the United States of America on January 20th, 2009. He will be the 44th President and the first African American President. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a junior senator in Illinois, living in Chicago, before his historic election to the Presidency.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the US, who served from 1953 to 1961. He was a very accomplished international diplomat and was the first supreme commander of NATO. He was also the man who supervised the launch of the famous Space Race between America and Russia.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt served America as its 32nd President, from 1933 to 1945. That's right, he served from the end of the Great Depression to the end of World War II, dying just months before victory was declared. He was the only President to serve more than two terms... in fact, he served four! During that time, he had three Vice Presidents.
Before George Washington was the first ever President, he was the Commander in Chief of the US Army and led America to victory in the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. After that, he served as President from 1789 to 1797. His legacy is still evident: today's President is also the Commander in Chief of America's armed forces.
Harry Truman was the 33rd President and took office after only 82 days of being Vice President under Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his service in Office, Truman saw the launch of the atom bomb on Japan and the end of World War II. Many people criticized him during his presidency at the end of the war, but scholars today agree that he was one of the great Presidents.
Unlike Washington and Jefferson, Adams, America's second President, only served one four-year term. He was one of the Founding Fathers and argued very passionately for passing the Declaration of Independence in front of the Continental Congress. He also had a lot of experience abroad and was key in dealing with Britain after the Revolutionary War.
John F. Kennedy, or JFK, was the youngest President ever elected, at the age of 43. He served from 1961 to his tragic death in 1963, when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. He was a well-loved President and served during a dynamic point in history, when America was taking part in the Space Race and the early stirrings of the Vietnam War.
Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ, served as the 36th President from 1963 to 1969. He was a Senator from Texas and spent six years as the Senate Majority Leader before going to the Oval Office. He got some criticism during his presidency because he increased American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 soldiers to over 500,000.
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, and a modern icon of the Republican Party. He had quite the career before becoming President. Not only was he an actor in Los Angeles, he was also governor of California. In fact, he ran for Presidential nomination three times, in 1968, 1976 and finally in 1980, when he won the election.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was actually the fifth cousin, once removed, of another US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Teddy was the 26th president, from 1901 to 1909. He didn't have a Vice President for the first of his two terms. He had a lot of passion for hunting... and his hunting stories led to the stuffed bear being nicknamed "Teddy" after him.
Not only was Thomas Jefferson America's third President, he was our second Vice President, serving under John Adams. Jefferson was a man of strong intellect and a well-respected political thinker, even today. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and served in office from 1801 to 1809.
Woodrow Wilson was was the 28th President of the United States. He was President from 1913 to 1921 and served during World War I. One of his biggest duties during the war was keeping American neutrality... until Germany kept attacking US territory. He had to declare war in 1917, but kept a very low profile until the Allied Victory in 1918.