US Presidents

  1. George Washington

    The United States’ first president George Washington (1789–97) was never greater than when he refused to interpret the position of president as equivalent to “king.”

    George Washington
  2. John Adams

    Adams (1797–1801) was among the young nation’s most experienced diplomats, having managed affairs in Europe. He was the first US vice president, under Washington.

  3. Thomas Jefferson

    Jefferson (1801–09) is remembered for his embrace of democracy and his opposition to federal power.

  4. James Madison

    Madison (1809–17) demurred when he was called “the Father of the Constitution,” stating that many minds had contributed, but there is ...

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