Ladies and Gentlemen, the Presidents of the United States

Forty-four presidents (including a new one on Tuesday), forty-four presidential portraits, and forty-four sites about their lives and times.

By  |  Monday, January 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

Presidential SealOn Tuesday, Barack Obama will make history when he’s sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States of America. Let’s pause to reflect on how how we got here: Here are the president-elect and his forty-three predecessors (counting Grover Cleveland as two presidents, of course). Click on any or all of ’em, and you’ll go to relevant sites around the Web. (I tried to be nonpartisan; many of them are the appropriate presidential libraries.)

And if you’re less interested in presidencies past and more interested in the one that’s about to start, check out my friend and former colleague Mark Sullivan’s guide to following the inauguration on the Web over at

George Washington (1789-1797) John Adams (1797-1801) Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) James Madison (1809-1817) James Monroe (1817-1825) John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) John Tyler (1841-1845) William Henry Harrison (1841) James K. Polk (1845-1849) Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) James Buchanan (1857-1861) Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) James A. Garfield (1881) Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) William McKinley (1897-1901) Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) William Howard Taft (1909-1913) Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) Harry S Truman (1945-1953) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) Bill Clinton (1993-2001) George W. Bush (2001-2009) Barack Obama (inaugural day January 20th, 2009)  

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8 Comments For This Post

  1. Jared Newman Says:

    Obama’s bringing back the “no smile” presidential portrait. The slightly curled lip of determination is quite FDR-esque.

  2. Andy Says:

    “Click on any or all of ‘em, and you’ll go to relevant sites around the Web. (I tried to be nonpartisan…”

    And yet Andrew Johnson links to “”. 🙂

  3. Harry McCracken Says:

    Andy: I hope that’s not YOU, President Johnson–if it it, I linked to the impeachment site for its historical value, not by way of criticism, sir…


  4. Erin Says:

    This is interesting to see. Tomorrow will indeed be a day to remember. It is admirably a peaceful transition taking place, one of the most peaceful I have seen in my days. No matter which way you voted, whether you are watching at home or in person taking pictures it is a day to remember.

  5. David H. Says:

    It was very kind of you to make The Franklin Pierce Pages the go-to website for those clicking on the handsome image of the 14th president.

  6. Nick Says:

    I think the Presidents should bring back the curled wig look. Or anyone for that matter. I just want to see someone who wears one of those and has to be taken seriously 🙂

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