POTUS

The President of the United States (informally referred to as "POTUS") is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

The president is considered to be one of the world's most powerful political figures, as the leader of the only contemporary global superpower. The role includes being the commander-in-chief of the world's most expensive military with the second largest nuclear arsenal and leading the nation with the largest economy by nominal GDP. The office of President holds significant hard and soft power both in the United States and abroad.

Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president. The power includes execution of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances. The president is largely responsible for dictating the legislative agenda of the party to which the president is a member. The president also directs the foreign and domestic policy of the United States. Since the office of President was established in 1789, its power has grown substantially, as has the power of the federal government as a whole.

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Donald Trump

2017 - Present

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, New York ...

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Barack Hussein Obama

2009-2017

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, served as United States Senator from Illinois between January 4, 2005 and November 16, 2008 and served as the 44th President of the ...

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George Walker Bush

2001-2009

George Walker Bush (born 6 July 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush. He married Laura ...

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William Jefferson Clinton

1993-2001

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III ; 19 August 1946) is an American politician, 42nd President of the United States of America, and the husband of Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

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George Herbert Walker Bush

1989-1993

George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–93), and the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–89). A Republican, he previously served as a congressman, an ambassador, and Director...

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Ronald Wilson Reagan

1993-2001

Ronald Wilson Reagan (6 February 1911 – 5 June 2004) was an American politician and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to ...

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James Earl Carter, Jr.

1977-1981

James Earl Carter, Jr. (born 1 October 1924) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1982 he established the Carter Center, as a base for promoting human rights, democracy...

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Gerald Rudolph Ford

1974-1977

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Prior to this he was the 40th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 until...

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Richard Milhous Nixon

1969-1974

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a Republican U.S. Representative and Senator from...

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Lyndon Baines Johnson

1963-1969

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. After serving a long career in U.S. legislatures, Johnson became the Vice President of the United States of America under John F. Kennedy, from 1961 to ...

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1961-1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (29 May 1917 – 22 November 1963) was the 35th President of the United States, a brother of Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, and the first husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis...

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Dwight David Eisenhower

1953-1961

Dwight David Eisenhower (14 October 1890 – 28 March 1969), also widely known by his nickname "Ike", was an American soldier and politician. He served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, and was later...

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Harry S. Truman

1945-1953

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53), an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a United States Senator from Missouri (1935–45) and briefly as Vice President (1945) before ...

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1933-1945

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (30 January 1882 – 12 April 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections...

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Herbert Clark Hoover

1929-1933

Herbert Clark Hoover (10 August 1874 – 20 October 1964) was the 31st President of the United States (1929–33). He was a professional mining engineer and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and...

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Calvin Coolidge

1923-1929

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. (4 July 1872 – 5 January 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–29). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His...

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Warren Gamaliel Harding

1921-1923

Warren Gamaliel Harding (2 November 1865 – 2 August 1923) was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death. Although Harding died one of the most popular presidents in history, the subsequent exposure of scandals that took place...

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Woodrow Wilson

1913-1921

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28 December 1856 – 3 February 1924) was the 28th President of the United States of America (1913–1921) and the 45th state Governor of New Jersey (1911–1913). He was the second Democrat to serve two consecutive terms in the White House...

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William Howard Taft

1909-1913

William Howard Taft (15 September 1857 – 8 March 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He also served as an associate judge on the Sixth Circuit, Governor-General of the ...

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Theodore Roosevelt

1901-1909

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (27 October 1858 – 6 January 1919), also known as T.R. or Teddy, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the ...

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William McKinley

1897-1901

William McKinley, Jr. (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the...

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Grover Cleveland

1893-1897

Stephen Grover Cleveland (18 March 1837 – 24 June 1908) was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was therefore the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms and to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the ...

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Benjamin Harrison

1889-1893

Benjamin Harrison (20 August 1833 – 13 March 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States (1889–1893); he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local ...

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Grover Cleveland

1885-1889

Stephen Grover Cleveland (18 March 1837 – 24 June 1908) was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was therefore the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms and to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the ...

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Chester Alan Arthur

1881-1885

Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States (1881–85); he succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome ...

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James Abram Garfield

1881

James Abram Garfield (19 November 1831 – 19 September 1881) was the 20th President of the United States of America in 1881, and the second U.S. president to be assassinated. His term was the second shortest in U.S. history, after William Henry Harrison's. Holding office from March ...

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Rutherford Birchard Hayes

1877-1881

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th President of the United States (1877–1881). As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over ...

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Ulysses S. Grant

1869-1877

Ulysses S. Grant (27 April 1822 – 23 July 1885), born as Hiram Ulysses Grant, was the 18th President of the United States of America, from 1869 to 1877. As the Commanding General of the U.S. Army, Grant worked closely with U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to lead the ...

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Andrew Johnson

1865-1869

Andrew Johnson (29 December 1808 – 31 July 1875) was the seventeenth President of the United States (1865–1869), succeeding to the presidency upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He presided over the Reconstruction of the United States following the ...

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Abraham Lincoln

1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. A Republican, Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and ...

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James Buchanan

1857-1861

James Buchanan, Jr. (23 April 1791 – 1 June 1868) was the 15th President of the United States (1857–61), serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and later the Senate, then served as ...

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Franklin Pierce

1853-1857

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853–57). Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. His polarizing actions in championing and signing the ...

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Millard Fillmore

1850-1853

Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874) was the thirteenth President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of the Whig Party to hold the nation's highest office. He succeeded from the Vice Presidency on the death of President ...

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Zachary Taylor

1849-1850

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850), also known as "Old Rough and Ready," was the twelfth President of the United States, serving from 1849 to 1850. Taylor was noted for his extensive military career, becoming the first president not previously elected to ...

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James Knox Polk

1845-1849

James Knox Polk (2 November 1795 - 15 June 1849) was the 11th President of the United States (1845–49). A Democrat, Polk served as the 13th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–39)—the only president to have served as House Speaker—and ...

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John Tyler

1841-1845

John Tyler (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth (1841) Vice President of the United States, and the tenth (1841–1845) President of the United States. He was the second President born after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the first to assume the ...

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William Henry Harrison

1841

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States. Harrison first gained national fame as a war hero, defeating American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 and earning the nickname "Tippecanoe" (or "Old Tippecanoe"). Harrison ...

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Martin Van Buren

1837-1841

Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862), nicknamed "Old Kinderhook", was the eighth President of the United States of America. He was the first President born after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the first not of British descent, and the only ...

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Andrew Jackson

1829-1837

Andrew Jackson (15 March 1767 – 8 June 1845) was the seventh President of the United States of America (1829-1837), regarded as a hero for his actions in the Battle of New Orleans (1815), a founder of the Democratic Party, and the eponym of the era of Jacksonian ...

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John Quincy Adams

1825-1829

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the ...

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James Monroe

1817-1825

James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth (1817–1825) President of the United States and the author of the Monroe Doctrine. He was the last President that was a Founding Father of the United States...

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James Madison

1809-1817

James Madison (16 March 1751 – 28 June 1836) was the fourth (1809–1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution...

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Thomas Jefferson

1801-1809

Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 – 4 July 1826) was author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1777), founder of the University of Virginia (1819), the third president of the United States (1801–1809), a political ...

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John Adams

1797-1801

John Adams (30 October 1735 – 4 July 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797), and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from ...

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George Washington

1789-1797

George Washington (22 February 1732 – 14 December 1799) was the successful Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783, and later became the first President of the United States of America, an ...

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