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US Presidents Since 1901

US Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump

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US Presidents#BornDiedIn OfficePartySignificant Actions and DecisionsVice-Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt26185819191901-09RepublicanSupported a rebellion in Panama in order to purchase the land required for the construction of the Panama Canal which Colombia had refused him. Roosevelt stood for a hard but successful foreign policy. In 1906 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for contributing significantly to the end of the Russo-Japanese War.Charles W. Fairbanks
William H. Taft27185719301909-13RepublicanPassed an act in 1913 making a national income tax possible. Took Arizona and New Mexico into the Union.James S. Sherman
Woodrow Wilson28185619241913-21DemocratFough against child labor, gave women the right to vote and re-regulated legal working hours. Wanted to remain neutral in the first World War but was forced to declare war on Germany on 4 June 1917 after German U-boat attacks. Wilson also vainly attempted wanted to prevent the 1920 Prohibition (ban on alcohol).Thomas R. Marshall
Warren G. Harding29186519231921-23RepublicanIn order to combat the high unemployment of the post-war period, in 1921 he set a fixed immigration quota for the first time ever. After his death, various corruption scandals came to light.Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge30187219331921-29RepublicanWas very entrepreneur-friendly, lowered their taxes but forced the government to save.Charles G. Dawes
Herbert C. Hoover31187419641929-33RepublicanHad his hands full with the 1929 stock market crash (Black Thursday) on 24 October (known in Europe as Black Friday), which he managed inadequately with 15 million unemployed.Charles Curtis
Franklin D. Roosevelt32188219451933-45DemocratThe only US president to be in office for longer than 8 years. He demonstrated greater economic understanding than his predecessor and cranked up the economy with the use of government funds (New Deal). In 1941, he led America into the Second World War, but already planned the founding of the UN for the time after. He died just before war end (12 April 1945) of a cerebral hemorrhage.John N. Garner, Henry A. Wallace & Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman33188419721945-53DemocratMade good but also deadly decisions. On the one hand, supported the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and founded NATO. On the other hand, authorized the dropping of atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, led the US into the Korean War and triggered a “witch hunt” of alleged communists in his own country (containment).Alban W. Barkley
Dwight D. Eisenhower34189019691953-61RepublicanThe Supreme Commander of the Allies first finished the Korean War and tried but failed to reduce tensions with Russia in the “Cold War”. Admitted Alaska and Hawaii as US States in 1959.Richard Nixon
John F. Kennedy35191719631961-63DemocratGave the order in 1961 for the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba (“Bay of Pigs” incident), forced the Soviets to withdraw all nuclear missiles stationed in Cuba with a naval blockade in 1962, and signed an agreement with the UK and Russia to stop nuclear weapons tests in 1963. Hopefully the last of four US presidents to have been assassinated while in office. JFK was shot and killed on 22nd November 1963 in Dallas.Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson36190819731963-69DemocratPut some of the laws designed by Kennedy into practice, i.e. he fought against poverty, gave blacks new civil and voting rights. Sent the first troops to Saigon in 1965 to support the South during the Vietnam War until 1973.Hubert H. Humphrey
Richard M. Nixon37191319941969-74RepublicanEnded the Vietnam War in 1973, concluded the SALT armament control treaty with the Soviets and approved the admission of China to the UN. With these measures alone he reduced East-West tensions. Forced to step down in 1974 after the “Watergate Affair” (unauthorized spying on the campaign trail 1972). Of all the US presidents so far, he’s the only one to resign.Spiro Agnew & Gerald Ford
Gerald R. Ford38191320061974-77RepublicanFord took office shortly before the recession of 1975 with 8.5 million unemployed, an oil crisis and high inflation rate. Supported détente with the signing of the CSCE Helsinki Accords.Nelson Rockefeller
James “Jimmy” Carter3919241977-81DemocratAfter the war with Vietnam was lost Carter, inexperienced in foreign policy, took office. He tried to uplift the country morally and economically but failed. The “Peanut Farmer” succeeded in initiating the Middle East peace talks at Camp David.Walter Mondale
Ronald W. Reagan40191120041981-89RepublicanThe former movie actor increased the national debt by tax cuts and interest rate increases. A hawk in foreign policy, he initiated a military buildup with the NATO “double-track” decision. Ordered attacks on Grenada (1983) and Gaddafi (1986). Reagan was severely injured in an assassination attempt in 1981.George Bush
George H.W. Bush41192420181989-93RepublicanGeorge Bush was one of the few US presidents with foreign policy experience but this didn’t prevent him from going to war: in 1989 in Panama against Noriega and in 1990-1991 against Iraq (to liberate Kuwait). He broke his election promise (“no new taxes”) losing credibility in his own country doing so.Dan Quayle
William “Bill” Clinton4219461993-01DemocratThe professor of law reduced the budget deficit left by his predecessors, created new jobs and modernized the education system. His sex incident (with Monica Lewinsky) resulted in an impeachment but failed.Al Gore
George W. Bush4319462001-09RepublicanHis tenure began with the biggest terrorist of all time, the attacks of 11 September 2001. As a result, he declared “war on terrorism”, marched into Afghanistan (7 Oct 2001) and then in March 2003 into Iraq. The domestically controversial Bush failed to shine during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and finished his term with a major economic crisis.Dick Cheney
Barack Obama4419612009-16DemocratThe lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner (2009) is the first black US president in office. With the slogan “Yes we can” and with the help of the Internet, he won the election against McCain. Obama’s policy promotes peace, disarmament and social justice. Many of his campaign promises were voted out by the Republican dominated Senate.Joe Biden
Donald John Trump451946since 2017RepublicanVarious controversial statements and incidents during the elections. The jury is still out on the rest. Trump is the current US president.Mike Pence

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