This President's Day, cast your (nonpartisan!) vote for whichever current or former White House resident you'd let rock YOUR house.
Presidents of the United States: Hot or Not?
George Washington 1789-1797
Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States of America. For his central role in the formation of the United States, he is often referred to as "the father of his country".
John Adams 1797-1801
Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. Jefferson envisioned America as the force behind a great "Empire of Liberty" that would promote republicanism and counter the imperialism of the British Empire.
James Madison 1809-1817
Madison was the fourth President and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The "Father of the Constitution," he was the principal author of the document. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, still the most influential commentary on the Constitution.
James Monroe 1817-1825
Monroe was the fifth President of the United States. His administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida; the Missouri Compromise, in which Missouri was declared a slave state; the admission of Maine in 1820 as a free state; and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine, declaring U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas, as well as breaking all ties with France remaining from the War of 1812.
John Quincy Adams 1825-1829
Adams was the sixth President of the United States. He was also an American diplomat and served in both the Senate and House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. Adams was the son of President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams.
Andrew Jackson 1829-1837
Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was military governor of Florida, commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans, and inspiration of the era of Jacksonian democracy. A polarizing figure who dominated American politics in the 1820s and 1830s, his political ambition, combined with widening political participation, shaped the modern Democratic Party.
Martin Van Buren 1837-1841
Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. Before his presidency, he served as the eighth Vice President and the 10th Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson. He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, and the first president who was not of British descent --- his ancestry was Dutch. He was the first president to be born an American citizen.
William Henry Harrison 1841-1841
Harrison was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office. The oldest president elected until Ronald Reagan in 1980, and last President to be born before the United States Declaration of Independence, Harrison died on his thirty-second day in office of complications from a cold -- the shortest tenure in United States presidential history.
John Tyler 1841-1845
Tyler was the tenth President of the United States and the first to succeed to the office following the death of a predecessor. A longtime Democratic-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice President on the Whig ticket. Upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration, the nation was briefly in a state of confusion regarding the process of succession. Ultimately the situation was settled with Tyler becoming President.
James K. Polk 1845-1849
Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented the state of Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as Speaker of the House and Governor of Tennessee before becoming President.
Zachary Taylor 1849-1850
Tayler was the 12th President of the United States. Known as "Old Rough and Ready," Taylor had a 40-year military career in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, and Second Seminole War before achieving fame leading U.S. troops to victory at several critical battles of the Mexican-American War. A Southern slaveholder who opposed the spread of slavery to the territories.
Millard Fillmore 1850-1853
Filmore was the 13th President of the United States and the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office. He was the second Vice President to assume the presidency upon the death of a sitting president, succeeding Zachary Taylor, who died of what is thought to be acute gastroenteritis.
Franklin Pierce 1853-1857
Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. To date, he is the only President from New Hampshire. Pierce was sometimes referred to as "Baby" Pierce, apparently referring to both his youthful appearance and his being the youngest president to take office to that point (although he was, in reality, only a year younger than James K. Polk when he took office).
James Buchanan 1857-1861
Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States and the last to be born in the 18th century. To date he is the only President from the state of Pennsylvania and the only president to remain a bachelor!
Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865
Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator. Lincoln has consistently been ranked by scholars as one of the greatest of all U.S. Presidents.
Andrew Johnson 1865-1869
Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877
Grant was the 18th President of the United States and was the general-in-chief of the Union Army from 1864 to 1869 during the American Civil War. Popular due to the Union victory in the war, Grant was elected President of the United States as a Republican in 1868 and re-elected in 1872, the first President to serve two full terms since Andrew Jackson 40 years before.
Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881
Hayes was the 19th President of the United States and was elected President by one electoral vote after the highly disputed election of 1876. Losing the popular vote to his opponent, Samuel Tilden, Hayes was the only president whose election was decided by a congressional commission.
James Garfield 1881-1881
Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. His death, two months after being shot and six months after his inauguration, made his tenure, at 199 days, the second shortest (after William Henry Harrison) in United States history.
Chester A. Arthur 1881-1885
Arthur was the 21st President of the United States. While Garfield was mortally wounded by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, he did not die until September 19, at which time Arthur was sworn in as president, serving until March 4, 1885.
Grover Cleveland 1885-1889 and 1893-1897
Clevland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive termsand therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. Cleveland's admirers praise him for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism.
Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893
Harris as the 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent, Grover Cleveland. He is the only president from the state of Indiana.
William McKinley 1897-1901
McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, and the last veteran of the American Civil War to be elected to the office. He was the last President to serve in the nineteenth century and the first to serve in the twentieth. After McKinley's assassination in 1901 by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz, he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He is well remembered for his energetic persona, his range of interests and achievements, his leadership of the Progressive Movement, his model of masculinity, and his "cowboy" image.Roosevelt's policies were characterized by his slogan, "Speak softly and carry a big stick".
Roosevelt has consistently been ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.
William Howard Taft 1909-1913
Taft was the 27th President of the United States.
In his first and only term, President Taft's domestic agenda emphasized trust-busting, civil service reform, improving the performance of the postal service, and passage of the Sixteenth Amendment.
Weighing over 300 pounds on average, Taft was physically the heaviest American president ever elected, and the last president to have facial hair.
Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
Wilson was the 28th President of the United States. A leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910.In his first term as president Wilson persuaded a Democratic Congress to pass America's first-ever federal progressive income tax in the Revenue Act of 1913. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1919,
Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
Because of the Teapot Dome scandal and other scandals in his administration, polls of historians and scholars consistently rank Harding as one of the worst Presidents, and frequently the worst, in American history.
Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States.Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration, and left office with considerable popularity.
Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
Hoover 31st President of the United States. In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience. When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months after he took office, Hoover tried to combat the following Great Depression with volunteer efforts, none of which produced economic recovery during his term. Hoover is ranked somewhat poorly among former U.S. presidents.
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, Roosevelt won his first of four presidential elections in 1932, while the United States was in the depths of the Great Depression. FDR's combination of optimism and economic activism is often credited with keeping the country's economic crisis from developing into a political crisis.Roosevelt is rated by historians as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.
Harry S. Truman 1945-1953
Truman was the 31st President of the United States.In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience.
When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months after he took office, Hoover tried to combat the following Great Depression with volunteer efforts, none of which produced economic recovery during his term. Hoover is ranked somewhat poorly among former U.S. presidents.
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961
David "Ike" Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army and the 34th President of the United States. As President, Ike oversaw the cease-fire of the Korean War, maintained pressure on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, made nuclear weapons a higher defense priority, launched the Space Race, enlarged the Social Security program,Eisenhower ranks highly among former U.S. presidents in terms of approval rating.
John F. Kennedy 1961-1963
Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. He was the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), the first President born in the 20th century, and the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43.Kennedy is the first and only Catholic and the first Irish American president, and is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of former U.S. presidents.
Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969
Lyndon "LBJ" Johnson was the 36th President of the United Statesafter his service as the 37th Vice President. Johnson, succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, completed Kennedy's term and was elected President in his own right, winning by a large margin in the 1964 Presidential election. He greatly escalated direct American involvement in the Vietnam War. As the war dragged on, Johnson's popularity as President steadily declined.Despite the failures of his foreign policy, Johnson is ranked favorably among historians due to his domestic policies.
Richard M. Nixon 1969-1974
Nixon was the 37th President of the United States and was the only President to resign the office. He successfully negotiated a ceasefire with North Vietnam in 1973, effectively ending American involvement in the war. In his second term, the nation was afflicted with economic difficulties. In the face of likely impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal.
Gerald R. Ford 1974-1977
Ford was the 38th President of the United States. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, when he became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he also became the only President of the United States who was elected neither President nor Vice-President.
Ford died in his home on December 26, 2006. He lived longer than any other U.S. president, dying at the age of 93 years and 165 days.
James Carter 1977-1981
Carter was the 39th President of the United States and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Carter sought to put a stronger emphasis on human rights; he negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979.
Ronald Reagan 1981-1989
Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.* Prior to his political career Reagan was also a famous motion picture actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild. He As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics", advocated reduced business regulation, controlling inflation, reducing growth in government spending, and spurring economic growth through tax cuts.He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was "Morning in America". He ranks highly among former U.S. presidents in terms of approval rating, but has a more mixed perception in presidential surveys.
George H. W. Bush 1989-1993
George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States. He was also Ronald Reagan's Vice President. He became involved in politics soon after founding his own oil company.During his tenure, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and fighting drug abuse.
William J. Clinton 1993-2001
Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. He was the third-youngest president; only Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were younger when entering office. Clinton presided over the longest period of peace-time economic expansion in American history, which included a balanced budget and a federal surplus.Clinton left office with an approval rating at 66%, the highest end of office rating of any president since World War II.
George W. Bush 2001-2009
George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States.
After graduating from Yale University in 1968, and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in his family's oil businesses. Eight months into Bush's first term as president, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred. In response, Bush announced a global War on Terrorism, ordered an invasion of Afghanistan that same year and an invasion of Iraq in 2003. Though Bush was popular within the U.S. for much of his first term, his popularity declined sharply during his second term.
Barack Obama 2009-
Obama is currently the 44thPresident of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois. Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Obama is also the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.