All the Presidents of the United States

The president is the head of state as well as the commander-in-chief of the U.S armed forces. According to Article 2 of the constitution, the U.S president has to execute and enforce laws established by congress. The following table highlights quick information about all the presidents of the United States, the time spent in the office, and their biggest achievements, facts, or major events. Read on!

President Name

Duration in the Office

Prominent Accomplishments or Facts or Major Events

George Washington

1789 to 1797

Organization of First U.S. Cabinet and Executive Branch

John Adams

1797 to 1801

First U.S President who lived in White House

Thomas Jefferson

1801 to 1809

The Louisiana Purchase

James Madison

1809 to 1817

Known as the Father of the U.S Constitution

James Monroe

1817 to 1825

1823’s Monroe Doctrine (Strengthened the U.S foreign policy)

John Quincy Adams

1825 to 1829

Large scale involvement in economic development

Andrew Jackson

1829 to 1837

Founder of the modern Democratic Party

Martin Van Buren

1837 to 1841

He earned a nickname “Red Fox”

William Henry Harrison


Shortest Presidential Term

John Tyler

1841 to 1845

Congress override his veto of legislation

James K. Polk

1845 to 1849

Reestablishment of Independent Treasury System

Zachary Taylor

1849 to 1850

Compromise of 1850

Millard Fillmore

1850 to 1853

California became the free state

Franklin Pierce

1853 to 1857

The Gadsden Purchase

James Buchanan

1857 to 1861

Maintained peace between anti-slavery and pro-slavery factions

Abraham Lincoln

1861 to 1865

Emancipation Proclamation / Abolished Slavery

Andrew Johnson

1865 to 1869

Permitted the rebellious states to elect new governments

Ulysses S. Grant

1869 to 1877

Implement Congressional Reconstruction

Rutherford B. Hayes

1877 to 1881

Civil service reform

James A. Garfield


The resurgence of presidential authority

Chester A. Arthur


Advocated for civil service reform

Grover Cleveland

1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897

Expansion of Government Positions

Benjamin Harrison

1889 to 1893

Establishment of national forest reserves

William McKinley

1897 to 1901

Victory in the Spanish–American War

Theodore Roosevelt

1901 to 1909

Promotion of conservation movement

William Howard Taft

1909 to 1913

Set railroad rates / Support of Federal Income Tax

Woodrow Wilson

1913 to 1921

Treaty of Versailles Negotiations

Warrant G. Harding

1921 to 1923

Signed the Accounting Act of 1921

Calvin Coolidge

1923 to 1929

Signed the Immigration Act of 1924

Herbert Hoover

1929 to 1933

Construction of the Hoover Dam

Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933 to 1945

The National Recovery Administration Program

Harry S. Truman

1945 to 1953

Used the atomic bomb against Japan

Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953 to 1961

Signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957

John F. Kennedy

1961 to 1963

Formation of the Peace Corps in 1961

Lyndon B. Johnson

1963 to 1969

Medicare and Medicaid

Richard M. Nixon

1969 to 1974

The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

Gerald R. Ford

1974 to 1977

The Helsinki Accords

Jimmy Carter

1977 to 1981

Established the Department of Education and Energy

Ronald Reagan

1981 to 1989

The Habitat for Humanity charity

George Bush

1989 to 1993

The reunification of Germany

William J. Clinton

1993 to 2001

Children’s Health Insurance Program

George W. Bush

2001 to 2009

Major education bill / War on Terror / Tax Cut Program

Barack Obama

2008 to 2017

Job Creation Act of 2010

Donald J. Trump

2017 to #

Economy, Defense, Education, etc.