William McKinley led the United States during the Spanish-American War. The United States won several important overseas colonies.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to visit a foreign country while in office.
William Howard Taft continued many of Roosevelt’s policies. A conservative, he alienated the progressive wing of his party and lost reelection.
Woodrow Wilson After initially opposing World War I (1914–1918), Wilson led the United States into the war and drafted the peace plan that ended it. Wilson then fought to create the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.
Warren G Harding election was the first in which women voted.
Calvin Coolidge was known as “Silent Cal.” Once a reporter said to him, “I bet my editor I could get more than two words out of you.” Coolidge replied: “You lose.”
Herbert Hoover organized relief efforts in Europe after both World Wars.
Roosevelt is the only President elected four times.
Harry S. Truman made the fateful decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. World War II ended days later. Truman also led the United States during the Korean War (1950–1953).
Dwight D. Eisenhower A former World War II general and hero, Eisenhower helped end the Korean War and steered a moderate course during the Cold War.
John F. Kennedy is the only Roman Catholic to become President.
Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office on an airplane after the Kennedy assassination.
Following Nixon’s reelection, news of the Watergate scandal forced Nixon to resign before Congress could impeach him. He is the only U.S. President in history to resign his office.
Ford became Vice President after Nixon’s Vice President resigned in disgrace, and then President after Nixon resigned. His pardon of Nixon was unpopular, probably costing him reelection.
Jimmy E. Carter had success promoting Middle East peace. Since leaving office, Carter has traveled the world doing charity work.
Ronald W Reagan is credited with reviving national pride after the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s. He enjoyed great popularity, though his conservative policies were controversial.
Reagan is the only President to survive after being wounded by a would-be assassin.
George H W Bush was the first sitting Vice President to be elected President since Martin Van Buren.
Bill Clinton When he was 16, Clinton met President Kennedy at the White House. The experience inspired his interest in politics.
George W Bush A self-proclaimed wartime commander-in-chief, President Bush, like his father, led the United States into war against Iraq.
Barrack Obama is the first African American president of the United States.
Donald J. Trump is the first president who has neither held public office nor served in the military.