American Presidents: Through the Years

Federal News Radio celebrates Presidents Day with a look back at America's 43 presidents.


Woodrow Wilson
President-elect Woodrow Wilson and President William H. Taft, standing side by side, laughing, at the White House, prior to Wilson's inauguration ceremonies, March 4, 1913.

(Library of Congress)
Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon leaving National Presbyterian Church following a pre-inaugural service. The service took place before the private swearing-in ceremony. Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday in 1957, so Eisenhower repeated the oath-of-office the next day in the public ceremonies. Shown from left to right are: Barbara Eisenhower, John S.D. Eisenhower, Mamie Eisenhower, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Tricia Nixon, Pat Nixon, Richard Nixon with Julie Nixon standing in front of him, and Reverend Edward Elson.

(White House)
Harry S. Truman
Invitation to the 1949 Inauguration of Harry S. Truman addressed to The President and Mrs. Truman. President Truman's handwritten inscription at top right reads, "Weather permitting I hope to be present. H.S.T."

(White House)
Abraham Lincoln
This death mask of President Abraham Lincoln is on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

(Photo by Michael O'Connell/Federal News Radio)
George Washington
George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress. His signature appears inside.

(Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
George Washington
George Washington's bookplate, which he pasted inside the front cover of the Acts of Congress. The armorial bookplate features the Washington family coat of arms, with three five-pointed stars above two horizontal bars.

(Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
Hoover and Taft
Herbert Hoover takes the oath of office from Chief Justice (and former President) William Howard Taft.

(White House)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the oath of office at his first inauguration. In 1933, the 20th Amendment was passed to shorten the transition time between administrations. As a result, the official inaugural date was changed to January 20. Franklin D. Roosevelt became the last President to be sworn-in on March 4 for his first inauguration in 1933, and the first to take the oath on Jan. 20 in 1937.

(White House)
George H.W. Bush
George Bush reviews his speech at Blair House prior to his inauguration. A grandchild's toy sits on the patio next to him.

(White House)
William J. Clinton
Draft of William J. Clinton's Inaugural Address. The handwriting and editing marks on the page are President Clinton's. The time stamp from this draft is 9:50 a.m. on the morning of Inauguration Day.

(White House)
James E. Carter
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House during the 1977 Inaugural Parade. Jimmy Carter was the first President to exit the motorcade car to walk the parade. Since then, it has become a traditional part of the Inaugural Parade.

(White House)
Barack Obama
President Obama pauses to look back at the scene before leaving the platform following the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Standing behind the President are First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama's mother.

(Official White House Photo)
Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as the 38th President of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 9, 1974.

(National Archives)
Richard M. Nixon
Surrounded by Secret Service personnel, newly inaugurated President Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon wave at the crowds from the Lincoln Continental limousine making its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, Jan. 20, 1969.

(FDR Presidential Library & Museum)
Ronald R. Reagan
President Ronald R. Reagan giving the Inaugural Address from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 1981.

(Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library)
John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at a Inaugural Ball on Jan. 21, 1961.

(Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston )
Lyndon B. Johnson
Dancing at the Jan. 20, 1965, Inaugural Ball are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Muriel Humphrey and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

(LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton)
George W. Bush
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush dance at an Inaugural Ball, Jan. 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.)
Calvin Coolidge
President Calvin Coolidge sits in his office at the White House in Washington, D.C.

(Library of Congress)
Thomas Jefferson
This photomechanical print of President Thomas Jefferson was created/published between 1890 and 1940. The print is a reproduction of the 1805 Rembrandt Peale painting of Thomas Jefferson held by the New-York Historical Society.

(Library of Congress)
James Madison
An engraving of President James Madison published by G. Endicott in 1835.

(Library of Congress)
Andrew Jackson
A portrait of President Andrew Jackson drawn from life and engraved by J.B. Longacre between 1815 and 1845.

(Library of Congress)
John Quincy Adams
P. Haas took this daguerreotype image of President John Quincy Adams around 1843.

(Library of Congress)
James Buchanan
John Wood photographed the Inauguration of President James Buchanan at the east front of the U. S. Capitol, March 4, 1857.

"Mr. Wood has been trying some photography process of great speed for the purpose of taking a view of the inauguration," wrote Montgomery C. Meigs. "He made a view of the front of the Capitol in which the figures are, many of them, quite distinct. This was taken upon collodion and the men thus taken are those who happened to stand nearly quite still for a moment. It took about 4 seconds."

(Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. The Papers of Montgomery C. Meigs)
Rutherford. B. Hayes
Mathew Brady's company took this photo of the crowd at the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes, on the east front grounds of the U.S. Capitol, surrounding Horatio Greenough's statue of George Washington.

(Brady's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C./Library of Congress)

Warren G. Harding
President Warren G. Harding, seated, talks to a crowd of people, circa 1922-23.

(Photo by Harry M. Rhoads/Library of Congress)
Theodore Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt talks to a crowd while sitting in a car.

(Photo by Harry M. Rhoads/Library of Congress)
Three Presidents
This memorial includes portraits of three assassinated presidents -- James A. Garfield, Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley.

(John H. Bruyn/Library of Congress)
John Adams
James Smither engraved this portrait of President John Adams.

(Library of Congress)
Grover Cleveland
President Grover Cleveland stands near a carriage with a group of men standing to the side during a visit to the Commercial Club in Chicago, Ill.

(Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum)
James Monroe
President James Monroe is depicted in this engraving by Goodman & Piggot.

(Library of Congress)
Chester A. Arthur
President Chester A. Arthur became president following the assassination of James Garfield in 1881.

(Library of Congress)
Martin Van Buren
John Sartain engraved this portrait of President Martin Van Buren based on an 1839 painting by Henry Inman.

(Library of Congress)
Ulysses S. Grant
An engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant to illustrate the sheet music for 'General Grant's Grand March' published in 1862 by Lee & Walker.

(Library of Congress)
William Henry Harrison
John Sartain engraved this portrait of President William Harrison based on a painting by James R. Lambdin.

(Library of Congress)
Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States.

(Photo from Wikipedia Commons)
John Tyler
President John Tyler appears in this daguerreotype image.

(Wikipedia Commons)
Franklin Pierce
Mathew Brady took this photograph of President Franklin Pierce between 1851 and 1860.

(Mathew Brady/Library of Congress)
James K. Polk
Mathew Brady photographed President James K. Polk around 1849.

(Photograph by Mathew Brady/Library of Congress)
Millard Fillmore
Mathew Brady photographed President Millard Fillmore sometime between 1850 and 1874.

(Photo by Mathew Brady/Library of Congress)
Zachary Taylor
Mathew Brady photographed President Zachary Taylor, standing, with the members of his Cabinet.

(Photo by Mathew Brady/Library of Congress)
Andrew Johnson
President Andrew Johnson appears in this photograph taken between 1855 and 1865.

(Library of Congress)
George Washington
This bronze statue of President George Washington is located at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

(Photo by Theodore Horydczak/Library of Congress)
Harry S. Truman
Vice President-elect Harry S. Truman arrives for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fourth inauguration on Jan. 20, 1945. Accompanying him are his daughter Margaret Truman, left, and wife Bess Truman.

Harry Truman would be sworn in as President, following Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945.

(Courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum)
William J. Clinton
An official photo of President William J. Clinton at his desk in the Oval Office.

(Photo courtesy of The William J. Clinton Presidential Library)
Five Presidents
In this photo from an April 25, 2013, dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas, President Barack Obama is joined by former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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