United States Presidents

Presidents in their official portraits and as you may not have seen them before.
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Technically, John Hanson (who was President of the First Continental Congress) was really the first President of the United States. However, most people call George Washington "the Father of our Country" and name him as the first President. The United States has had 45 Presidents and many of them have been captured in leisure moments through the power of the camera, giving us a look at their more personal side. Today, we see the President dining and golfing and know many of the intimate details of his (or someday her) life.

The first dozen or so presidents, however, are just stiff, formal portraits to most of us. So here are a few details about them and their lives:
  • George Washington's dentures weren't made of wood. They were made of hippopotamus ivory, bone, or animal and human teeth with added lead, brass screws and gold wire. His love of red wine stained the dentures and made them look a little "wood-like".
  • John Adams, when he ran against Thomas Jefferson for President, called Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father" and in an attack ad warned that a Jefferson presidency would result in "Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood and the nation black with crimes." Nice.
  • Thomas Jefferson hated public speaking so much that he only gave two speeches in his presidency, one in each term. He also started a tradition of sending State of the Union speeches as written documents to be read to Congress by a clerk. Shy man.
  • James Madison was the smallest President. He was 5'4" and weighed about 100 pounds.
  • John Quincy Adams (son of President John Adams) was known for skinny dipping in the Potomac River every morning. A reporter took advantage of this and sat on his clothes until he granted her an interview.
  • Andrew Jackson is said to have been involved in around 100 duels, usually because someone said something negative about his wife. In 1806, he was shot in the chest during one of them and in 1813, he took a bullet to the arm in a bar fight with a Senator. He was a notorious hot-head.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first President born in the US. Born in Kinderhook NY, he was called "Old Kinderhook," in his 1840 election campaign and supporters carried around signs supporting "OK". The abbreviation became popular and we use it to this day - except not for Van Buren.
  • John Tyler was hated by almost everyone. He was expelled from his own party during his presidency, all but one person in his Cabinet resigned over his policies, and he was the first president who faced impeachment. One newspaper editor called him a "poor, miserable, despised imbecile" and the New York Times called him "the most unpopular public man that had ever held any office in the United States" in his obituary. When he died, President Lincoln didn't issue a mourning proclamation and flags were not placed at half-mast.
  • Franklin Pierce was unpopular while in office, leading to his own party refusing to renominate him. His reply to being cast out: "There is nothing left to do but get drunk." He was probably serious since he was, indeed, a serious drinker.
  • James Buchanan was the only bachelor to be president. At the time, there was a lot of speculation about his sexuality and his close relationship with Alabama Senator William Rufus King. The two lived together for more than 10 years although they could afford to have their own homes. President Jackson called them "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy" behind their backs and when Senator King left for France in 1844, Buchanan wrote: “I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them.”
  • Rutherford Hayes lost the popular vote by 250,000 (47.9% vs his opponent's 50.9%) but won the electoral college by a single vote. He was called, during his presidency, “Rutherfraud” and “His Fraudulency.”

There are other interesting facts about the Presidents included in the following photos: Lincoln won all but one of his 300 wrestling matches; Andrew Johnson made all of his own suits when he was President; Grant couldn't stand the site of blood (although he was a General in the Civil War); Garfield was ambidextrous and could write in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other - at the same time; Cleveland was the legal guardian to his friend's 11-year-old orphaned daughter and 10 years later, they were married at the White House, making her the youngest First Lady ever at the age of 21 . . . We have had some interesting characters as President!

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A photo of Lyndon Baines Johnson being sworn in after the assassination of President Kennedy. Taken on Air Force One.
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1929 - May 19, 1994
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Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, served from 1969 to 1974. Mr. Nixon was the only president to resign from the White House.
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Unknown - Unknown
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Shaking hands: A photo of Newsman Thomas L. Dycus Jr. - aka Charlie Brown - shaking hands with then actor Ronald Reagan.
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Sep 19, 1930 - Jun 19, 1998
Added Mar 31, 2013 by: Barbie Dycus
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Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States, serving in the presidential office from March 4th, 1801 - March 4th, 1909. Thomas Jefferson was preceded by John Adams and was succeeded by James Madison. Thomas Jefferson was a founding father of the United States of America, and was a main author of the United States Declaration of Independence. This portrait of Thomas Jefferson was done by Rembrandt in 1800.
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Apr 13, 1743 - Jul 4, 1826
A photo of Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin in Yalta for the conference in which they discussed splitting up Germany after its defeat in World War Two. Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Franklin D Roosevelt was the President of the United States, and Joseph Staliin was the Premier of the Soviet Union. The Yalta Conference was held February 4–11, 1945. "The Big Three" discussed how to reorganize Europe after the end of World War Two. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.
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A photo of Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand
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Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil
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Feb 12, 1809 - Apr 15, 1865
A photo of Presidents Taft and Coolidge with Wm. M. Lewis, [11/7/23]
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou (Henry) Hoover.
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Aug 10, 1874 - Oct 20, 1964
A photo of President James A. Garfield with his daughter.
A photo of President Taft on the phone
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Sep 15, 1857 - Mar 8, 1930
This is a photo of George H. W. Bush added by Amy Jones on September 2, 2020.
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Jun 12, 1924 - Nov 30, 2018
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This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Peter Lawford added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 21, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1923 - Dec 24, 1984
This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Peter Lawford added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 21, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1923 - Dec 24, 1984
This is a photo of Jean Ann (Kennedy) Smith added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 19, 2020.
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Feb 20, 1928 - Jun 17, 2020
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Elizabeth Keckley- dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln. She was born into slavery and became a successful seamstress, civil activist, author and dressmaker to the First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
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February 1818 - May 26, 1907
This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 7, 2020.
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May 29, 1917 - Nov 22, 1963
This is a photo of Wilton Burton Persons added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 5, 2020.
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Jan 19, 1896 - Sep 5, 1977
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This is a photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower, for whom Ann Cook Whitman worked added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 1, 2020.
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Oct 14, 1890 - March 1969
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Daguerreotype of Andrew Jackson, possibly taken by Edward Anthony
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Mar 15, 1767 - 1845
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A photo of Richard M. Nixon
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Jan 9, 1913 - Apr 22, 1994
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A photo of Gerald R Ford
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Jul 14, 1913 - Dec 26, 2006
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A photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Unknown - Unknown
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A photo of Harry S. Truman
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May 8, 1884 - Dec 26, 1972
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First President to die in office.
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Longest living 39th U.S. president.
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Oct 1, 1924 - Unknown
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A photo of John Quincy Adams
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Unknown - Unknown
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He was the 20th President of the United States.
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Nov 19, 1831 - Sep 19, 1881
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John F. Kennedy Assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
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May 29, 1917 - Nov 22, 1963
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A photo of John Adams
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Oct 30, 1735 - Jul 4, 1826
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A photo of George Washington 1st President of the Usa
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Feb 22, 1732 - Dec 14, 1799
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A Picture of George H. W. Bush in the presidency.
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Jun 12, 1924 - Nov 30, 2018
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A photo of Dwight David Eisenhower
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Oct 14, 1890 - Mar 28, 1969
Added Nov 4, 2019 by: Steven Duncan
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A photo of Jack Joseph Valenti
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Sep 5, 1921 - Apr 26, 2007
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A photo of Jack Joseph Valenti
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Sep 5, 1921 - Apr 26, 2007
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A photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Oct 14, 1890 - March 1969
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A photo of Jawarharlal Nehru, President John Kennedy, and VP Lydon Johnson
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Nov 14, 1889 - May 27, 1964
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A photo of Al Jolson
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May 26, 1886 - Oct 23, 1950
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A photo of future U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, a Navy pilot in World War 2, at age 18. Two years later, in 1944, his plane was hit and he had to parachute out of the flaming vehicle - he was in a small raft for 4 hours until he was rescued.
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Jun 12, 1924 - Nov 30, 2018
A photo of Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, wife of President George HW Bush, in a graduation photo from finishing school in Charleston, S.C. She and George Bush were married for 73 years - the longest of any presidential couple. She died on April 17 2018, of natural causes, at her home in Houston, Texas at the age of 92.
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Jun 8, 1925 - Apr 17, 2018
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A photo of Robert Toru Kiyosaki and President Donald Trump.
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Apr 8, 1947 - Unknown
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A photo of Eubie Blake and President Ronald Reagan.
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Feb 7, 1887 - Feb 12, 1983
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A photo of Arthur Ashe and Gerald Ford
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Jul 10, 1943 - Feb 6, 1993
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A photo of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, taken after their nomination for President and Vice-President at the Republican convention in 1968.
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A photo of President Lyndon Johnson, announcing on tv that he would not be running for re-election. His decision was based on the trajectory of the Vietnam War.
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Aug 27, 1908 - Jan 22, 1973
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A photo of James Willett Moseley saying hello to President Truman. He liked to brag that he interviewed Truman but it wasn't true.
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Aug 4, 1931 - Nov 16, 2012
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A photo of current US President Donald Trump and his parents Fred and Mary Anne, taken when he was in military school.
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A photo of Donald, Melania (Knavs) Trump, and their son Barron Trump.
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Jun 14, 1946 - Unknown
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A photo of Jackie Kennedy (with Jack) in a pillbox hat. She made pillboxes very popular!
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1929 - May 19, 1994
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A photo of President Jack Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy relaxing.
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1929 - May 19, 1994
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