The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.
The president is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful political figures, as the leader of the only contemporary global superpower. However, below is the chronological list of United States President so far:
United States Presidents (1789 till Date)
First president (1789-97)
Born Feb 22, 1732, Pope’s Creek (now Wakefield), Westmoreland County, VA
Married Martha Dandridge Custis, 1759
Died Dec 14, 1799, Mt. Vernon, VA
Buried in family vault, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121, 703-780-2000
Federalist. “Father of His Country.” Fought in French and Indian War. Served in Continental Congress. Commander-in-Chief during Revolutionary War. Bill of Rights passed. Laid cornerstone of Capitol in Washington, DC.
Second president (1797-1801)
Born Oct 30, 1735, Braintree (now Quincy), MA
Married Abigail Smith, 1764
Died Jul 4, 1826, Quincy, MA
Buried at United First Parish Church (Church of the Presidents), 1306 Hancock St., Quincy, MA
Federalist. “Father of American Independence.” Served in Continental Congress. Helped draft and signed Declaration of Independence. Secretary of War. Minister to Great Britain, Netherlands. Vice President. First occupant of White House. Son was sixth president.
Third president (1801-09)
Born Apr 13, 1743, Shadwell, Charlottesville, Goochland County (now Albemarle County), VA
Married Martha Wayles Skelton, 1772
Died Jul 4, 1826, Charlottesville, VA
Buried at Monticello, Charlottesville
Democratic-Republican. “Father of the Declaration of Independence.” Served in Continental Congress. Drafted Declaration of Independence. Governor of Virginia. Minister to France. Secretary of State. Vice President. Completed Louisiana Purchase.
Fourth president (1809-17)
Born Mar 16, 1751, Port Conway, VA
Married Dolley Dandridge Payne Todd, 1794
Died Jun 28, 1836, Orange County, VA
Buried at Montpelier, Orange County, VA
Democratic-Republican. “Father of the Constitution.” Served in Continental Congress. Signed Constitution. U.S. Representative. Secretary of State. Participated in War of 1812. Forced to flee White House when British invaded Washington, DC.
Fifth president (1817-25)
Born Apr 28, 1758, Westmoreland County, VA
Married Elizabeth Kortright, 1786
Died Jul 4, 1831, New York, NY
Buried at Marble Cemetery, New York, NY; removed 1858 to Hollywood Cemetery, 412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA
Democratic-Republican. “Era of Good Feeling President.” Fought in Revolutionary War. Served in Continental Congress. Governor of Virginia. U.S. Senator. Secretary of State. Secretary of War. First inauguration held outdoors. Author of the Monroe Doctrine.
John Quincy Adams
Sixth president (1825-29)
Born Jul 11, 1767, Braintree (now Quincy), MA
Married Louisa Catherine Johnson, 1797
Died Feb 23, 1848, Washington, DC
Buried at United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock St., Quincy, MA
Democratic-Republican. “Old Man Eloquent.” Minister to Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia. U.S. Senator. Secretary of State. U.S. Representative. Father was second president ( see John Adams).
Seventh president (1829-37)
Born Mar 15, 1767, Waxhaw, SC
Married Rachael Donelson Robards, 1791
Died Jun 8, 1845, Nashville, TN
Buried at the Hermitage estate, 4580 Rachael’s Lane, Hermitage, TN
Democrat (Democratic-Republican). “Old Hickory.” Governor of Florida. U.S. Representative and Senator. Fought against Indians and in War of 1812. First president born in a log cabin.
Martin Van Buren
Eighth president (1837-41)
Born Dec 5, 1782, Kinderhook, NY
Married Hannah Hoes, 1807
Died Jul 24, 1862, Kinderhook, NY
Buried at Kinderhook Cemetery, Albany Ave., Kinderhook, NY
Democrat (Democratic-Republican). “Sage of Kinderhook.” U.S. Senator. Governor of New York. Secretary of State. Vice President. First president born a U.S. citizen.
William Henry Harrison
Ninth president (1841)
Born Feb 9, 1773, Berkeley, Charles City County, VA
Married Anna Tuthill Symmes, 1795
Died Apr 4, 1841, Washington, DC
Buried at Harrison Tomb State Memorial, Loop Ave., North Bend, OH
Whig. “Old Tippecanoe.” Fought against Indians and in War of 1812. U.S. Representative. U.S. Senator.
Died in office, serving shortest term of a president. Grandson was twenty-third president (see Benjamin Harrison).
Tenth president (1841-45)
Born Mar 29, 1790, Greenway, Charles City County, VA
Married Letitia Christian, 1813; Julia Gardiner, 1844
Died Jan 18, 1862, Richmond, VA
Buried at Hollywood Cemetery, 412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA
Whig. “Accidental president.” U.S. Representative. Governor of Virginia. U.S. Senator. Succeeded presidency upon death of William Henry Harrison. Elected representative to Confederate Congress.
James Knox Polk
Eleventh president (1845-49)
Born Nov 2, 1795, near Pineville, Mecklenburg County, NC
Married Sarah Childress, 1824
Died Jun 15, 1849, Nashville, TN
Buried at Polk Place, Nashville, TN; removed 1893 to State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, TN
Democrat. “Napoleon of the Stump.” U.S. Representative. Speaker of the House. Governor of Tennessee. First inauguration ceremony relayed by telegraph. Acquired much of western and southwestern U.S.
Twelfth president (1849-50)
Born Nov 24, 1784, Montebello, Gordonsville, VA
Married Margaret Mackall Smith, 1810
Died Jul 9, 1850, Washington, DC
Buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, 4701 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY
Whig. “Old Rough and Ready.” Fought against Indians and in War of 1812 and Mexican War. Son-in-law was Jefferson Davis.
Died in office.
Thirteenth president (1850-53)
Born Jan 7, 1800, Summerhill, Cayuga County, NY
Married Abigail Powers, 1826; Caroline Carmichael McIntosh, 1858
Died Mar 8, 1874, Buffalo, NY Buried at Forrest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
Whig. “His Accidency.” U.S. Representative. Succeeded presidency upon death of Zachary Taylor.
Fourteenth president (1853-57)
Born Nov 23, 1804, Hillsborough (now Hillsboro), NH
Married Jane Means Appleton, 1834
Died Oct 8, 1869, Concord, NH Buried at Old North Cemetery, North State St., Concord, NH
Democrat. “Young Hickory of the Granite Hills.” U.S. Representative. U.S. Senator. Fought in Mexican War.
Fifteenth president (1857-61)
Born Apr 23, 1791, Cove Gap, PA
Died Jun 1, 1868, Lancaster, PA Buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery, 538 East Strawberry St., Lancaster, PA
Democrat. “Bachelor president.” Fought in War of 1812. U.S. Representative. Minister to Russia. U.S. Senator. Secretary of State. Minister to Great Britain.
Sixteenth president (1861-65)
Born Feb 12, 1809, Hodgenville, Hardin County (now Larue County), KY
Married Mary Todd, 1842
Died Apr 15, 1865, Washington, DC Buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., Springfield, IL
Republican. “Honest Abe.” Fought in Blackhawk War. U.S. Representative. U.S. divided by Civil War while president. Issued Emancipation Proclamation. Author of Gettysburg Address. First president assassinated.
Seventeenth president (1865-69)
Born Dec 29, 1808, Raleigh, NC
Married Eliza McArdle, 1826
Died Jul 31, 1875, Carter’s Station, TN Buried at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
Democrat. “Tennessee Tailor.” U.S. Representative. Governor of Tennessee. U.S. Senator. Succeeded presidency upon assassination of Abraham Lincoln. First president to be impeached (acquitted).
Ulysses Simpson Grant
Eighteenth president (1869-77)
Born Apr 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, OH
Married Julia Boggs Dent, 1848
Died Jul 23, 1885, Mt. McGregor, NY Buried at General Grant National Memorial, Riverside Dr. and W. 122nd St., New York, NY
Republican. “United States Grant.” Fought in Mexican War. General in Civil War. Fifteenth Amendment (right of suffrage) ratified.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Nineteenth president (1877-81)
Born Oct 4, 1822, Delaware, OH
Married Lucy Ware Webb, 1852
Died Jan 17, 1893, Fremont, OH Buried at Spiegel Grove National Historic Landmark, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Republican. “Dark Horse President.” Fought in Civil War. U.S. Representative. Governor of Ohio. Some electoral votes in dispute; election decided by special electoral commission.
James Abram Garfield
Twentieth president (1881)
Born Nov 19, 1831, Orange (now Moreland Hills), OH
Married Lucretia Rudolph, 1858
Died Sep 19, 1881, Elberon, NJ Buried at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH
Republican. “Martyear President.” Fought in Civil War. U.S. Representative.
Died of wounds 2 1/2 months after being shot by assassin.
Chester Alan Arthur
Twenty-first president (1881-85)
Born Oct 5, 1829, Fairfield, VT
Married Ellen Lewis Herndon, 1859
Died Nov 18, 1886, New York, NY Buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Ave., Menands, NY
Republican. “Elegant Arthur.” Succeeded presidency upon death of James Garfield.
Twenty-second and twenty-fourth president (1885-89; 1893-97)
Born Mar 18, 1837, Caldwell, NJ
Married Francis Folsom, 1886
Died Jun 24, 1908, Princeton, NJ Buried at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Ave., Princeton, NJ
Democrat. “Sage of Princeton.” Governor of New York. Only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Only president married in White House.
Twenty-third president (1889-93)
Born Aug 20, 1833, North Bend, OH
Married Caroline Lavinia Scott, 1853; Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, 1896
Died Mar 13, 1901, Indianapolis, IN Buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN
Republican. “Centennial President.” Served in Civil War. U.S. Senator. Grandfather was ninth president (see William Henry Harrison).
Twenty-fifth president (1897-1901)
Born Jan 29, 1843, Niles, OH
Married Ida Saxton, 1871
Died Sep 14, 1901, Buffalo, NY Buried at McKinley National Memorial, 800 McKinley Monument Dr., N.W., Canton, OH
Republican. “Idol of Ohio.” Served in Civil War. U.S. Representative. Governor of Ohio.
Died of wounds almost two weeks after being shot by assassin.
Twenty-sixth president (1901-09)
Born Oct 27, 1858, New York, NY
Married Alice Hathaway Lee, 1880; Edith Kermit Carow, 1886
Died Jan 6, 1919, Oyster Bay, NY Buried at Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Cove Neck Rd. and East Main St., Oyster Bay, NY
Republican. “Hero of San Juan Hill.” Fought in Spanish-American War. Governor of New York. Succeeded presidency upon assassination of William McKinley. Youngest man to become president. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
William Howard Taft
Twenty-seventh president (1909-13)
Born Sep 15, 1857, Cincinnati, OH
Married Helen Herron, 1886
Died Mar 8, 1930, Washington, DC Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Republican. Solicitor General. Governor-General of Philippines. Secretary of War. First president to throw out baseball on opening day. Sixteenth amendment enacted. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Twenty-eighth president (1913-21)
Born Dec 29, 1856, Staunton, VA
Married Ellen Louise Axson, 1885; Edith Bolling Galt, 1915
Died Feb 3, 1924, Washington, DC Buried at National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves., N.W., Washington, DC
Democrat. “Professor.” Governor of New Jersey. Held first presidential press conference. Author of Fourteen Points plan. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments enacted. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
Warren Gamaliel Harding
Twenty-ninth president (1921-23)
Born Nov 2, 1865, Blooming Grove (now Corsica), OH
Married Florence Kling De Wolfe, 1891
Died Aug 2, 1923, San Francisco, CA Buried at Harding Memorial, Vernon Heights Blvd., Marion, OH
Republican. U.S. Senator. First presidential election returns broadcast on radio. Teapot Dome Scandal.
Died in office.
Thirtieth president (1923-29)
Born Jul 4, 1872, Plymouth Notch, VT
Married Grace Anna Goodhue, 1905
Died Jan 5, 1933, Northampton, MA Buried at Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth Notch, VT
Republican. “Silent Cal.” Governor of Massachusetts. Succeeded presidency upon death of Warren Harding. First inaugural speech broadcast on radio.
Herbert Clark Hoover
Thirty-first president (1929-33)
Born Aug 10, 1874, West Branch, IA
Married Lou Henry, 1899
Died Oct 20, 1964, New York, NY Buried at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Republican. “Grand Old Man.” Involved in Boxer Rebellion in China. Chairman of Commission for Relief in Belgium. Secretary of Commerce. Wall Street crash (Black Tuesday), 1929.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Thirty-second president (1933-45)
Born Jan 30, 1882, Hyde Park, NY
Married Eleanor Roosevelt, 1905
Died Apr 12, 1945, Warm Springs, GA Buried at Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Democrat. “F.D.R.” Governor of New York. Author of the New Deal. Only four-term president.
Died in office.
Harry S. Truman
Thirty-third president (1945-53)
Born May 10, 1884, Lamar, MO
Married Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia Wallace, 1919
Died Dec 26, 1972, Kansas City, MO Buried at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, MONTH
Democrat. “Give ‘Em Hell Harry.” Fought in World War I. U.S. Senator. Succeeded presidency upon death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Authorized use of atomic bomb against Japan. Implemented the Fair Deal.
Dwight David Eisenhower
Thirty-fourth president (1953-61)
Born Oct 14, 1890, Denison, TX
Married Marie “Mamie” Geneva Doud, 1916
Died Mar 28, 1969, Washington, DC Buried at Eisenhower Center
Republican. “Ike.” General in World War II. Commander of NATO. First televised press conference.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Thirty-fifth president (1961-63)
Born May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA
Married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 1953
Died Nov 22, 1963, Dallas, TX Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Democrat. “J.F.K.” Served in World War II. U.S. Representative. U.S. Senator. First president born in twentieth century. Youngest elected president. Fourth president assassinated.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Thirty-sixth president (1963-69)
Born Aug 27, 1908, near Stonewall, TX
Married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor, 1934
Died Jan 22, 1973, San Antonio, TX Buried at Johnson Family Cemetery, LBJ Ranch Unit, Box 329, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Stonewall, TX
Democrat. “L.B.J.” U.S. Representative. Served in World War II. U.S. Senator. Succeeded presidency upon assassination of John F. Kennedy. Author of the “Great Society.”
Richard Milhous Nixon
Thirty-seventh president (1969-74)
Born Jan 9, 1913, Yorba Linda, CA
Married Patricia Ryan, 1940
Died Apr 22, 1994, New York, NY Buried at Richard Nixon birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA
Republican. Served in World War II. U.S. Representative. U.S. Senator. Vice President. First president to visit communist China. First and only president to resign (Watergate scandal).
Gerald Rudolph Ford
Thirty-eighth president (1974-77)
Born Jul 14, 1913, Omaha, NE
Married Betty Bloomer Warren, 1948
Republican. Served in World War II. U.S. Representative. First vice president to take office under Twenty-fifth Amendment. Succeeded presidency upon resignation of Richard Nixon. Only president to serve in office without being elected.
James Earl Carter
Thirty-ninth president (1977-81)
Born Oct 1, 1924, Plains, GA
Married Rosalynn Smith, 1946
Democrat. “Jimmy.” Governor of Georgia. First president to walk from Capitol to White House after inauguration. Camp David accords signed between Israel and Egypt. U.S. embassy staff held hostage in Tehran, Iran.
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Fortieth president (1981-89)
Born Feb 6, 1911, Tampico, IL
Married Jane Wyman, 1940, divorced 1949; Nancy Davis, 1952
Died Jun 5, 2004, Los Angeles, CA Buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065, 800-410-8354
Republican. “Great Communicator.” Movie actor. Non-combat duty in World War II. Governor of California. Oldest president. Only president to be wounded in assassination attempt and survive. Iran-contra affair.
George Herbert Walker Bush
Forty-first president (1989-93)
Born Jun 12, 1924, Milton, MA
Married Barbara Pierce, 1945
Republican. Served in World War II. U.S. Representative. U.N. Ambassador. C.I.A. Director. Vice President. First acting president under Twenty-fifth amendment. Fall of Berlin Wall. Dissolution of Soviet Union. Persian Gulf War.
Forty-second president (1993-2001)
Born Aug 19, 1946, Hope, AR
Married Hillary Rodham, 1975
Democrat. Rhodes Scholar. Governor of Arkansas. Proposed national health care plan. North American Free Trade Agreement. Middle East peace accord. Dayton Agreement for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Second president to be impeached (acquitted). First first lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
George Walker Bush
Forty-third president (2001- 2009)
Born Jul 6, 1946, New Haven, CT
Married Laura Welch, 1977
Republican. “George W.” Governor of Texas. Son of forty-first president (see George Herbert Walker Bush). Presided over historic shift in Senate just after first 100 days. War against terrorism in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Invaded Iraq in 2003.
Forty-forth president (2009-2017)
Born August 4, 1961.
Married Michelle Robinson, 1992
Donald J. Trump
Forty-fifth president (2017- ) Born June 14, 1946
Married Ivana Zelníčková (1977–92), Marla Maples (1993–99), Melania Knauss (2005)