The Many Presidents Of The United States And What They Did

Throughout America’s history, we have experienced 44 different presidents. Some of them are much more well known than others, and while some of them have done more memorable things, each one is remembered for something special.

1. George Washington

George Washington was the very first president of the United States, and he was present when the Bill of Rights was adopted.

2. John Adams

John Adams was responsible for passing the Alien and Sedition Acts.

3. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the nation and was involved with the Louisiana Purchase. He also helped to pass the law that made importing slaves illegal.

4. James Madison

James Madison declared war on England after they attacked US ships that were headed to France.

5. James Monroe

James Monroe instituted the Monroe Doctrine.

6. John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams repealed the Gag Rule.

7. Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson authorized the Indian Removal Act and signed the Treaty of New Echota.

8. Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren continued to force the relocation of Cherokee people, and was president during the country’s first depression, known as the Panic of 1837.

9. William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison was only president for one month. He gave a long inaugural speech in the middle of winter, caught pneumonia, and died one month later.

10. John Tyler

John Tyler vetoed banking bills that the Whigs wanted. His cabinet resigned because of this.

11. James Polk

James Polk helped settle a dispute with Britain over the Oregon Territory. He also signed the Treaty of 1848.

12. Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor signed the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty.

13. Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act and the Compromise of 1850.


14. Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce adopted the Gadsden Purchase, the Kansas Nebraska Act and the Ostend Manifesto.

15. James Buchanan

James Buchanan was president when the Confederate States of America were created.

16. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln helped lead the country through the Civil War, and he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves.

17. Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson pardoned anyone who participated in the southern rebellion.

18. Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant added the 15th Amendment to the Constitution.

19. Rutherford Hayes

Rutherford Hayes was president when the troops withdrew from the south, which ended Reconstruction.

20. James Garfield

James Garfield is known for removing corruption from the US post office.

21. Chester Alan Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur signed the Pendleton Act.

22 & 24.  Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland signed the Presidential Succession Act, Interstate Commerce Act, Anti-Polygamy Act,Dawes Severalty Act and Tenure of Office Act.

23. Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison is most known for having the US spending deficit reach over one billion dollars.

25. William McKinley

William McKinley was president during the Spanish American War.

26. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was president when the Panama Canal was acquired. He also signed the Hepburn Act and created food regulations.

27. William Taft

William Taft was president when the 16th and 17th Amendments were passed.

28. Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson signed the Underwood Tariff Act, the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the Workingmen’s Compensation Act. The 18th and 19th Amendments are passed, and the US enters World War I.

29. Warren Harding

Warren Harding is known for having a corrupt office. He drank during prohibition, had an affair, and took money from the government.

30. Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge signed the Immigration Act and he helped to reduce the tax burden.

31. Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover was president when the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began.

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt is most known for starting the economic relief programs known as the New Deal.  He was also the president during World War II.

33. Harry Truman

Harry Truman decided to use atomic bombs during World War II. He also implemented the Marshall Plan.

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock.

35. John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He was also the first president to publicly speak to the citizens through a television broadcast.

36. Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.

37. Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon signed a peace treaty that ended the US involvement in the Vietnam War. He is most known for his actions in the Watergate Scandal.

38. Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon and removed Americans and South Vietnamese from Vietnam.

39. James Carter

James Carter created the Department of Education and the Department of Energy.

40. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan is known for creating Reaganomics, the Iran-contra Affair, and trying to end the Cold War.

41. George Bush

George Bush was president when the Berlin Wall came down and during the Persian Gulf War.

42. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is known for decreasing the national debt and lowering taxes. He signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He is most known though for the scandal with Monica Lewinski.

43. George W. Bush

George W. Bush was president during the September 11th Attacks, which started the War on Afghanistan and Iraq War. He also started the “No Child Left Behind” ideals.

44. Barack Obama

Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act. He also sent in the troops to catch and kill Osama bin Laden.

Kathryn Thompson is a straight-A student when it comes to history.  She enjoys learning and writing about the presidents of the United States of America in her spare time.

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