Can You Match the President to the Year he Entered Office?

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The US has had 45 presidents throughout its history, but do you know when each served? Check your presidential knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Which president entered office in 2009?

Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States. He served from 2009-2017 and was the country's first African American president.

Which president's term began in 1981?

Reagan was an actor-turned-statesman who served as president throughout most of the '80s. He survived an assassination attempt less than a year into his first term.

__________ became president in 2017.

Trump was a businessman and reality TV star before becoming the 45th President of the United States. He is the oldest person to ever be elected President.

Who became president in 1881?

James A. Garfield attacked government corruption during his short presidency. He was assassinated during his first year as president, dying of an infection and internal hemorrhage after being shot in a Washington Railroad station.

__________'s presidency began in 2001.

George Walker Bush served as president from 2001-2009. Major events during his presidency included the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq War.

Who was elected president in 1989?

George H. W. Bush was a one-term Republican president and father of George W. Bush. He had previously served as vice president under Ronald Reagan and been a director of the CIA.

Which president came into office in 1933?

FDR became president during the Great Depression and is known as a powerful force who helped get America back on the right track. Immensely popular, he is the only president to ever be elected 4 times.

Which president came into office in 1857?

James Buchanan was one of the few presidents to only serve a 4-year term and considered to be one of the least successful. He was unaware of how divisive an issue slavery was during his term, in the years leading up to the Civil War.

________ became president in 1829.

Andrew Jackson served as president from 1829-1837. As America's original anti-establishment president, he is known for the Indian Removal Act, during which about 4000 Cherokee people died on what became known as the Trail of Tears.

Who became president in 1993?

Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in decades to be elected twice. During his presidency, America experienced its longest economic expansion ever.

______ became president in 1921.

Warren G. Harding died in office without completing his first term. His administration was also plagued by scandals, which causes historians to often consider him one of the least successful presidents.

Who became president in 1850?

Millard Fillmore was the last ever U.S. president to be a member of the Whig Party. He is often criticized by historians for signing off on the Fugitive Slave Act as part of the 1850 Compromise, which said that escaped slaves legally had to be returned to their masters.

____________ became president in 1913.

Woodrow Wilson was an academic and progressive who served as president of Princeton University before becoming president. America entered WWI during his second term.

Who became president in 1909?

William Howard Taft is the only man in history to have served as both president and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is known for his large stature and despite dealing more blows to big corrupt business than Roosevelt, is not as well known for that.

__________ came into office in 1901.

Republican president Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best-loved American politicians of all time. A true progressive, he made great strides in the conservation of natural American lands and even won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Which president began their first term in 1897?

William McKinley was a Republican president. He was elected for a second term only to be assassinated 6 months into it.

_____________ entered office in 1845.

Polk was unique in that he ran on the platform of being a one-term president. America's territory grew by more than a third during his term.

Who became president in 1869?

Grant was the general and commander of the successful Union armies during the end of the Civil War. During his presidency, he tried to smooth things over between the North and the South while protecting the rights of newly freed slaves.

__________ entered office in 1969.

As of 2017, Richard Nixon is the only US president to ever resign from office. He is known for being embroiled in the famous Watergate Scandal, where Republicans were spying on Democrats illegally.

Which president entered office in 1961?

Thirty-fifth president of the United States John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to office. A progressive president, he was assassinated in 1963.

Who became president in 1861?

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president and one of the only ones to be assassinated. He is known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation as well as his considerable height. He stood at 6'4".

__________ entered office in 1953.

Eisenhower first gained prestige as an American Army general during WWII. He was a Republican whose vice president was Richard Nixon.

Who was president in 1929?

Herbert Hoover was an engineer, businessman and politician. He was president during the Great Depression.

________'s presidential term began in 1977.

Jimmy Carter was a southern Democrat who served as the 39th president of the United States. After the Watergate Scandal rocked America, he ran as a Washington outsider and won, only to become a fairly unpopular one-term president.

Who was president in 1789?

George Washington was a soldier, statesman and founding father who served as the first ever president of the United States. He was a reluctant president, who was convinced to take the job by an adoring populace and the high opinions of his peers.

Who took office in 1974?

Gerald Ford took office after Richard Nixon resigned. He was a Republican president.

________ took office in 1963.

Lyndon B. Johnson was JFK's vice president and assumed office after he was assassinated. He managed to pass some of the most sweeping legislation in American history.

Who became president in 1801?

Thomas Jefferson served two terms as U. S. president, from 1801-1809. This founding father was also the main author of the Declaration of Independence.

Whose term began in 1841?

William Henry Harrison was not in office long enough to do any harm or sweeping good. He died of illness 32 days into his term.

________'s presidential term began in 1797.

John Adams was a political philosopher and patriot who served as the second U.S. president. He served as George Washington's vice president before becoming president.

Who became president in 1809?

James Madison was a founding father and 4th president of the United States. He is also referred to as the "Father of the Constitution."

_________'s presidency began in 1945.

Harry S. Truman became president at the end of WWII, after the sudden death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His administration dropped atomic bombs on Japan and started the Cold War.

Who became president in 1841?

John Tyler was the first-ever vice president to become president due to the death of his predecessor. This Democratic-Republican took office after William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia about a month into his term.

________'s term started in 1825.

John Quincy Adams was the son of founding father and American president John Adams. Despite winning the presidency over Andrew Jackson, Jackson's remaining supporters in government did their best to undermine his presidency.

Who entered office in 1893?

Grover Cleveland was a lawyer and Democrat. He is the only American president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms as both the 22nd and 24th President.

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