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Specifically, the Presidents of the United States of America (and more specifically, the Presidents of the United States under the Constitution). They are, in order:


  1. George Washington (1789-97, independent [1])
  2. John Adams (1797-1801, Federalist)
  3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-09, Democratic-Republican)
  4. James Madison (1809-17, Democratic-Republican)
  5. James Monroe (1817-25, Democratic-Republican)
  6. John Quincy Adams (1825-29, Democratic-Republican/National Republican)
  7. Andrew Jackson (1829-37, Democrat)
  8. Martin Van Buren (1837-41, Democrat)
  9. William Henry Harrison (1841, Whig; died of pneumonia one month after taking office)
  10. John Tyler (1841-45, Whig/independent)
  11. James K Polk (1845-49, Democrat)
  12. Zachary Taylor (1849-50, Whig; died in office, possibly of gastroenteritis)
  13. Millard Fillmore (1850-53, Whig)
  14. Franklin Pierce (1853-57, Democrat)
  15. James Buchanan (1857-61, Democrat)
  16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-65, Republican/National Union; assassinated)
  17. Andrew Johnson (1865-69, National Union)
  18. Ulysses S Grant (1869-77, Republican)
  19. Rutherford B Hayes (1877-81, Republican)
  20. James Garfield (1881, Republican; assassinated)
  21. Chester A Arthur (1881-85, Republican)
  22. Grover Cleveland (1885-89, Democrat)
  23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-93, Republican)
  24. Grover Cleveland (1893-97, Democrat; only President to serve two non-consecutive terms)
  25. William McKinley (1897-1901, Republican; assassinated)
  26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09, Republican; definitely Badass)
  27. William Howard Taft (1909-13, Republican)
  28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-21, Democrat)
  29. Warren Harding (1921-23, Republican; died from a stroke midway through his term)
  30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-29, Republican)
  31. Herbert Hoover (1929-33, Republican)
  32. Franklin D Roosevelt (1933-45, Democrat; served four terms, more than any other President, though he died a year into the fourth)
  33. Harry Truman (1945-53, Democrat)
  34. Dwight D Eisenhower (1953-61, Republican)
  35. John F Kennedy (1961-63, Democrat; first Catholic president, and as of 2012, the last president to die in office through an assassination)
  36. Lyndon Johnson (1963-69, Democrat)
  37. Richard Nixon (1969-74, Republican; definitely corrup-er, not a crook)
  38. Gerald Ford (1974-77, Republican; only president who wasn't elected as either President or Vice-President)
  39. Jimmy Carter (1977-81, Democrat; living, was a Farm Boy)
  40. Ronald Reagan (1981-89, Republican; previously a cowboy actor)
  41. George HW Bush (1989-93, Republican; living, was the CIA Director beforehand)
  42. Bill Clinton (1993-2001, Democrat; living, was impeached, but not convicted, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal)
  43. George W. Bush (2001-09, Republican; living, President during the 9/11 attacks and the 2007 bank bailout)
  44. Barack Obama (2009-ongoing, Democrat; first African-American President)

Despite what Histeria! may have said about his being President for one day between Polk and Taylor, any attempts to put David Rice Atchison on this list will be laughed off in the traditional manner.

There is also a band called The Presidents of the United States of America, however nobody that has ever served as POTUSA has been so far a member of the band. However, the band members did a parody of the Presidential race in which each member had a campaign video to be elected President...of the Presidents. They did play at the White House, by Chelsea Clinton's request, though. Rumor has it, Bill Clinton played sax with them during that show.

Jonathan Coulton has two songs about them: One ("The Presidents") is simply their names and a small factoid about them, and the other ("Washy Ad Jeffy") is a mnemonic device designed to help you remember their names and how many terms they served (by way of the number of syllables in the name). Other songs include this one from Animaniacs, and of course this one from the band The Presidents of the United States of America. For a list of actors who have played the presidents, look no further than IMDb.

For the action film, see Dead Presidents. For the much-desired pictures of dead presidents (plus Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, who were too controversial and too old, respectively, to ever be President), see American Currency.

Notes

  1. {de facto Federalist}
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