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Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016. Since 1951, the American Constitution has allowed two terms in office. One US president went too far, many resigned, and some died during their reign.

  • A US President ruled longer than usual two terms.
  • Grover Cleveland was the only US head of government to move into the White House twice, but not in a row.
  • The Vice President took office nine times during the period in office.

Washington, D.C. - George Washington became the first in 1789 US presidents appointed. He was followed by 43 others up to Donald Trump in the 2017 election year. Here you can find one list of all US presidents and brief portraits of the most significant.

US Presidents: From the Independence War to the Civil War, 1861

George Washington: 1789–1797
George Washington ran as the only presidential candidate in US history without party affiliation. He was instrumental in the development of the still young state and drove the change from the 13 colonies to a union of sovereign republics and finally to the modern federal state.

John Adams: 1797–1801

Thomas Jefferson: 1801-1809
Under Jeffersons As a regency, the US doubled its territory by acquiring the French colony of Louisiana. He drove expansions to the west through the Lewis and Clark Expedition ahead: The first American overland expedition took the duo to the Pacific coast.

James Madison: 1809–1817

James Monroe: 1817–1825

John Quincy Adams: 1825–1829

Andrew Jackson: 1829-1837
Jackson is considered to be the first “People's President”: He was the first to no longer belong to the founding fathers and enjoyed enormous popularity among the population. In his two terms the first tensions fell between northern and southern states, which would later lead to the civil war.

Martin Van Buren, 1837–1841

William H. Harrison: 1841
Only stayed a month Harrison in office, making it the shortest term in US history. He was also the first to die during his presidency.

John Tyler: 1841–1845

James K. Polk: 1845-1849
Polk led the United States through the Mexican-American War and spurred the expansion of the country westward. A second term would have been possible for him, but he decided not to.

Zachary Taylor: 1849–1850

Millard Fillmore: 1850–1853

FranklinPierce: 1853–1857

James Buchanan: 1857-1861
The first southern states left the Union, against what Buchanan did nothing. At the same time there was an economic crisis in the country around 1857, which had global effects. He did not stand for re-election in 1861.

US President from 1861 to 1945

Abraham Lincoln: 1861-1865
The American Civil War shaped Lincoln's Term of office. It ended with the victory of the northern states and the abolition of slavery. Lincoln was the first US President, the one attack fell victim. To this day he is considered one of the most important US heads of state in history: His leadership in the civil war prevented a permanent division of the country between North and South.

Andrew Johnson: 1865-1869
Johnson succeeded the murdered Abraham Lincoln at. Its main task was to reunite the country after the war. For the first time in US history there was a "Impeachment“(Impeachment proceedings) took place, but it failed.

Ulysses S. Grant: 1869-1877
Grant managed to continue what Andrew Johnson began: the "reconstruction" of the country and the unity of the nation. Although he was aiming for a third, it stayed that way two terms. His party refused, citing that of George Washington introduced practice of self-restraint is another.

Rutherford B. Hayes: 1877–1881

James A. Garfield: 1881

Chester A. Arthur: 1881–1885

Grover Cleveland: 1885-1889
In Cleveland First term the New York Statue of Liberty was inaugurated. He was also the first and so far the only one US Presidentwho got married in the White House. (

Benjamin Harrison: 1889–1893

Grover Cleveland: 1893-1897
As the only one in the list the US presidents completed Cleveland his two terms not one after the other. The second was mainly shaped by the Pullman strike, the largest workers protest in US history to date.

William McKinley: 1897-1901
McKinley went down in history mainly because of its imperialist tendencies. He occupied Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, and the annexation of Hawaii fell into his tenure. McKinley was the second US President to Abraham Lincoln, the one attack fell victim.

Theodore Roosevelt: 1901-1909
Roosevelt tried to find a balance in domestic and foreign policy: for his engagement in the Russo-Japanese war he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also the first to see an African American in the White House.

William H. Taft: 1909–1913

Woodrow Wilson: 1913-1921
In Wilson's second term introduced alcohol prohibition. As the founder of the US Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission, he introduced significant reforms. His efforts for the League of Nations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Warren G. Harding: 1921–1923

Calvin Coolidge: 1923–1929

Herbert Hoover: 1929-1933
Hoovers The term of office was mainly shaped by the global economic crisis, which began with "Black Friday". The president did not succeed in mitigating the consequences, so there was no re-election.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1933-1945
With four terms is Franklin D. Roosevelt the longest in office US President in this list. He first led the US through the economic crisis and then through World War II with his “New Deal”, a series of economic and social reforms.

US Presidents: After World War II to the turn of the millennium

Harry S. Truman: 1945-1953
Under Truman the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. He commanded the Korean War, and during his term of office he ignited the beginning of the McCarthy era and with it the supposed or actual hunt for communists.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: 1953-1961
His Eisenhower-According to the doctrine, the USA should protect (pro) Western regimes by all means from communist infiltration or a threat from the Soviet Union. At the same time he put an end to the McCarthy era and led a measured Middle East policy.

John F. Kennedy: 1961-1963
Kennedys short term of office was marked by numerous globally significant events:

  • Failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba
  • construction of the Berlin wall
  • Beginning of the Vietnam War
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

Kennedy was born on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas murdered. To date, the circumstances have not been fully clarified.

Lyndon B. Johnson: 1963–1969

Richard Nixon: 1969-1974
Nixon was the first to step into the list the US presidents due to the Watergate affair. The end of the Vietnam War and the first moon landing fall during his term of office.

Gerald Ford: 1974–1977

Jimmy Carter: 1977–1981

Ronald Reagan: 1981-1989
Reagan endeavored to end the Cold War through targeted rearmament. Ultimately, he was able to decisively improve US relations with Russia.

George Bush: 1989-1993
Bushs Tenure was marked by the first Iraq war. He advocated German unity. His re-election was prevented by the breach of his election promise “No new taxes”.

Bill Clinton: 1993-2001
Led for the fight against drug abuse, gun violence and poverty Bill Clinton numerous reforms. He promoted general health insurance and brokered between the USA, China and Russia. His second term in office was marked in particular by the sex affair with Monica Lewinsky.

US President since 2000

George W. Bush: 2001-2009
Drew with the tightest result in history George W. Bush into the White House. In his two terms the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their domestic and foreign policy consequences fell.

Barack Obama: 2009-2017
With his health care reform "Obamacare" put the first African American US President history laid the foundation for compulsory insurance. In his two terms the global financial crisis and the urgencies of global climate protection fell.

Donald Trump: since 2017
Filled neither a political nor a military office Donald Trump before his election as president. In the list the US presidents Trump was the second against whom it became one in 2019 Impeachment-Proceedings came. In his current term of office, the corona crisis falls in 2020, which caused more than 209,000 deaths in the USA by autumn 2020.