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Welcome to a Learning Project on the Presidents of the United States

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Preface[edit | edit source]

This course examines the List of US Presidents and identifies simple mnemonics for placing the separate Presidential Terms into the context of US History. In sequence with the List, a separate Lesson is associated with each of the 44 Presidents. The length of time covered by a Lesson can range from less than a year to over twelve years, with one President listed twice (Do you know Who? & When?).

Within each Lesson, introductory information is broad brushed by association with major events and trends in both US History and World History. Additional categories of timelines with significant milestones would include technology, fashion, architecture, business, etc. The more advanced information would investigate Presidential Policy, as influenced by the life and times of the President and his family. The finest level of detail within a Lesson would investigate specific policies that significantly influenced major historical events. Information on these events would be provided by linking out to other Learning Projects that covered specific historical topics.

Lessons[edit | edit source]

Introduction: Getting to Know the US Presidents[edit | edit source]

Let’s jump right in and get straight to the point, the purpose of this course is to learn the List of US Presidents. Let’s be equally clear that the emphasis is on learning, not memorizing. Sure, someone can certainly list from beginning to end the name and dates for every individual to have ever held the office of President of the United States, a nice parlor trick, but of what value is a list of names without the understanding of their life and times, a knowledge of the events that molded their actions, even as their decisions molded the future? Still, lists have their uses and we will be referring to many often.

A preliminary step to learning the US Presidents, is to identify a few simple mnemonics that will help provide a basic structure for the information. Then we shall examine various historical trends to place the information in context and give a recognizable presence to the individuals that have served this office.

The mnemonics are identified within short lessons that will also allow us to create our own timeline. The lessons are:

Unit 1: The Founders[edit | edit source]

1st President 2nd President 3rd President 4th President 5th President
Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George Washington.jpg

George Washington

1789 - 1797


John Adams

1797 - 1801

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Thomas Jefferson

1801 - 1809

James Madison.jpg

James Madison

1809 - 1817

James Monroe White House portrait 1819.gif

James Monroe

1817 - 1825

Unit 2: Change and Uncertainty[edit | edit source]

6th President 7th President 8th President 9th President 10th President
John Quincy Adams by GPA Healy, 1858.jpg

John Quincy Adams

1825 - 1829

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Andrew Jackson

1829 - 1837


Martin Van Buren

1837 - 1841

William Henry Harrison by James Reid Lambdin, 1835.jpg

William Henry Harrison



John Tyler

1841 - 1845

Unit 3: Trouble in Dixie[edit | edit source]

11th President 12th President 13th President 14th President 15th President
James Knox Polk by GPA Healy, 1858.jpg

James Polk

1845 - 1849

Zachary Taylor by Joseph Henry Bush, c1848.jpg

Zachary Taylor

1849 - 1850

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Millard Fillmore

1850 - 1853

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Franklin Pierce

1853 - 1857


James Buchanan

1857 - 1861

Unit 4: Frontlines to Frontiers[edit | edit source]

16th President 17th President 18th President 19th President 20th President 21st President 22nd President

Abraham Lincoln

1861 - 1865


Andrew Johnson

1865 - 1869

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Ulysses S. Grant

1869 - 1877

President Rutherford Hayes 1870 - 1880.jpg

Rutherford B. Hayes

1877 - 1881

James Abram Garfield, photo portrait seated.jpg

James Garfield


Chester Alan Arthur.jpg

Chester Arthur

1881 - 1885

President Grover Cleveland.jpg

Grover Cleveland

1885 - 1889

Unit 5: Foreign Policy and Modern War[edit | edit source]

23rd President 24th President 25th President 26th President 27th President
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Benjamin Harrison

1889 - 1893

President Grover Cleveland.jpg

Grover Cleveland (2)

1893 - 1897


William McKinley

1897 - 1901

President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904.jpg

Theodore Roosevelt

1901 - 1909

William Howard Taft.jpg

William H. Taft

1909 - 1913

28th President 29th President 30th President 31st President 32nd President 33rd President
President Woodrow Wilson portrait December 2 1912.jpg

Woodrow Wilson

1913 - 1921

Warren G Harding portrait as senator June 1920.jpg

Warren G. Harding

1921 - 1923

Calvin Coolidge photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg

Calvin Coolidge

1923 - 1929


Herbert Hoover

1929 - 1933

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933 - 1945


Harry S. Truman

1945 - 1953

Unit 6: A New World Power[edit | edit source]

34th President 35th President 36th President 37th President 38th President
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Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953 - 1961

John F. Kennedy, White House color photo portrait.jpg

John F. Kennedy

1961 - 1963


Lyndon B. Johnson

1963 - 1969

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Richard Nixon

1969 - 1974

Gerald Ford.jpg

Gerald Ford

1974 - 1977

39th President 40th President 41st President
Jimmy Carter.jpg

Jimmy Carter

1977 - 1981

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Ronald Reagan

1981 - 1989

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George H. W. Bush

1989 - 1993

Unit 7: The Twenty-First Century[edit | edit source]

42nd President 43rd President 44th President 45th President 46th President
Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

1993 - 2001

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

2001 - 2009

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

2009 - 2017

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

2017 - 2021

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

2021 -

Course Administration[edit | edit source]

  • Assignments
    • Assignment 1. TBD
  • Tests and Quizzes
    • Unit Quiz 1
    • Unit Quiz 2
    • Cumulative Test
    • Unit Quiz 3
    • Unit Quiz 4
    • Cumulative Test
    • Unit Quiz 5
    • Unit Quiz 6
    • Final Exam
  • Sources

The American President By:Philip B. Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt, Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. Presidents every question answered by Carter Smith

  • Questions

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