Every President 1939-Present

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    Presidents

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    -Start of office
    -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
    -instituted the New Deal
    -economy improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937, but then relapsed into a deep recession
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    -End of office
    - FDR's New Deal Coalition united labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans and rural white Southerners
  • Harry S. Truman

    Harry S. Truman
    -Start of office
    -33rd President of the United States
    -eventful in foreign affairs, with the defeat of Nazi Germany and his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan
    -the founding of the United Nations
    -the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe
    -the Truman Doctrine to contain communism
    -the beginning of the Cold War, the Berlin Airlift
    the creation of NATO, the Chinese Civil War
    -and the Korean War
  • Harry S. Truman

    -End of office
    -His approval ratings in the polls started out very high, then steadily sank until he was one of the most unpopular men to leave the White House
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    -Start of office
    -34th President of the United States
    -previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II, and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe
    -Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry
    -When the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957 he had to play catchup in the space race
    -often ranked as one of the top ten U.S. Presidents.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    End of office
  • John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kennedy
    -Start of office
    - 35th President of the United States
    -youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43
  • John F. Kennedy

    End of office
  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    -Start of office
    - 36th President of the United States
  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    End of office
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    -Start of office
    -37th President of the United States
    -served in the United States Navy during World War II
    -ended US involvement in Vietnam in 1973
  • Richard Nixon

    End of office
  • Gerald Ford

    Gerald Ford
    -Start of office
    -38th President of the United States
    -presided over arguably the weakest economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure
    - lived longer than any other U.S. president, living 93 years and 165 days
  • Gerald Ford

    End of office
  • Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy Carter
    -Start of office
    - 39th President of the United States
    -was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office
    -January 20, 1981, minutes after Carter's term in office ended, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Iran were released, ending the 444-day Iran hostage crisis
    -founded the Carter Center in 1982,[4] a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights
  • Jimmy Carter

    End of office
  • Ronald Regan

    Ronald Regan
    -Start of office
    - 40th President of the United States
    -advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending
  • Ronald Regan

    -End of office
    -second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair
  • George H. W. Bush

    George H. W. Bush
    -Start of office
    -41st President of the United States
    - Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency; military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf at a time of world change; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later
  • George H. W. Bush

    End of office
  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton
    -Start of office
    - 42nd President of the United States
    -presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history
    -successfully passed welfare reform and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, providing health coverage for millions of children
  • Bill Clinton

    End of office
  • George W. Bush

    George W. Bush
    -Start of office
    -43rd President of the United States
    -A series of terrorist attacks occurred eight months into Bush's first term as president on September 11, 2001. In response, Bush announced the War on Terror, an international military campaign which included the war in Afghanistan launched in 2001 and the war in Iraq launched in 2003
  • George W. Bush

    End of office
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    -Start of office
    - 44th and current President of the United States
    - 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
    -signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
    -ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden
  • Barack Obama

    Currently in office