George Washington – 1st President of the United States

 

 George Washington was the first President of the United States from 1789-1797.  He was also the Commander in Chief of  the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Was presided over the drafting of the Constitution replacing the Articles of Confederation, establishing the position of President. Washington’s leadership style established many rituals and forms of the government that is still used today such as using a cabinet system and the inaugural address . During his lifetime Washington was hailed as…

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John Adams – 2nd President of the United States

 

   John Adams was the second president of the United States from 1797-1801. Prior to his service as President Adams served as Vice President and was a leading advocate of Independence from Britain.  He was an American Founding Father who promoted republicanism as well as a strong central government. He assisted Thomas Jefferson in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and promoted it in Congress. The major accomplishment of his presidency was the peaceful resolution of the Quasi-War conflict with France. John Adams was born October 30, 1795 and…

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Thomas Jefferson – 3rd President of the United States

 

   Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States , an American Founding Father and the principal author of the Declaration of the Independence. He served in the Continental Congress representing Virginia at the beginning of the American Revolution and then as Governor . Jefferson was the first Secretary of State serving under President George Washington.  He oversaw the Louisiana Purchase and sent the Lewis -Clark expedition to explore the Midwest. Born on April 13,1743 Jefferson was the third of ten children.  Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton on…

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James Madison – 4th President of the US

 

   Hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” , James Madison was the 4 th President of the United States. He was instrumental in drafting the United States Constitution and was one of the key authors of the United States Bill of Rights. He is credited with drafting the first ten amendments to the Constitution.  In 1789 Madison became a leader in the new House of Representatives and drafted many basic laws. Madison also served as Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State from 1801-1809 and supervised the “Louisiana Purchase” which doubled…

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James Monroe – 5th President of the US

 

 As the last President of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the third President to have died on Independence day; James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States from 1817-1825. As a member of the anti-Federalist party, Monroe served as a delegate in the Continental Congress.  Monroe opposed ratification of the US Constitution claiming that it gave too much power to central government. Active in the new government , Monroe was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress.  Monroe gained executive experience as…

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John Quincy Adams – 6th President of the US

 

 John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825-1829. He served as an American Diplomat, Senator and Congressional representative. Adams  was a member of the Federalist,  Democratic-Republican, National-Republican , Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. He was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams. While serving as diplomat Adams played a key role in the negotiation of many international treaties. The Treaty of Ghent was the most notable as it brought an end to the War of 1812. As President Adams focusede on modernizing the…

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Andrew Jackson – 7th President of the US

 

 Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States from 1829-1837.  Based in Tennessee,  Jackson dominated the Second Party System in the 1820s and 1830s. “As President, he dismantled the Second Bank of the United States” and initiated the forced relocation and resettlement of  Native American tribes from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi.  Followers of Jackson formed what is now known as the Democratic party. Nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his aggressiveness, Jackson fought in many duels with some fatal opponents. Jackson was born in March 15…

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Martin Van Buren – 8th President of the US

 

  Martin Van Buren was the eight President of the United States from 1837 -1841. Prior to election as President , Van Buren served as Vice President and Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson. Van Buren was the first President to have been born a United States citizen. His predecessors were born as British subjects prior to the American Revolution. His native language was Dutch and he was the only President to have not spoken English as a first language. Van Buren was the first President from New York. Nicknamed…

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William Henry Harrison – 9th President of the United States

 

 William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States from 1773- 1841. At the age of 68 years old he was the oldest president to have taken office until Ronald Reagan and the first President to die while in office. Harrison was the last President to take office prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  He had the shortest tenure as President dying after serving just 32 days. Prior to his election as President, Harrison served as the first territorial congressional delegate from the Northwest Territory,…

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John Tyler – 10th President of the US

 

   John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States  from 1841-1845. Tyler served as state legislator, United States Representative and in the United States Senates prior to his election as Vice President in 1840. He succeeded William Henry Harrison’s after his death and was the first President to succeed to this office following the death of the incumbent. Tyler opposed Federalism and emphatic support of states’ rights, alienating him from most political allies that brought power to Washington. Initially a Democrat, Tyler’s opposition to Andrew Jackson and Martin…

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