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The Presidents
"Washy Ad Jeffy Maddy Monroe
Ad Jackson Van Hair Ty Po Tay Fil Pear
Bu Lincoln John Grant2
Hayes Gar Thur Cleve Hair Cleve McKin
Roos'velt Taft Wilson Hard Coolidge
Hoov Franklin Roos'velt Truman Ikey
Ken Johnson Nixon Ford
Cart Reagan Bush Clinton Dubya
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Jonathan Coulton

"Heigh ho, do you know?
The names of the US residents
Who then became the presidents
And got a view, from the White House loo,
Of Pennsylvania Avenue?"

Animaniacs, The Presidents Song.

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 note ; led the Continental Army)
  2. John Adams (1797-1801, Federalist; first to live in The White House)
  3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-09, Democratic-Republican; wrote the Declaration of Independence; also the first wartime President)
  4. James Madison (1809-17, Democratic-Republican; wrote the Constitution; British burnt the White House down during his 8 years)
  5. James Monroe (1817-25, Democratic-Republican; the capital of Liberia is named after him; one of only two presidents — the other being Washington — to be elected unopposed)
  6. John Quincy Adams (1825-29, Democratic-Republican/National Republican; first son of a former President, and only president whose election was decided by the House of Representatives)
  7. Andrew Jackson (1829-37, Democrat; first president to have an attempted assassination, only president to almost personally kill his attempted assassin after he failed)
  8. Martin Van Buren (1837-41, Democrat; first president to have been born an American citizen (after America gained its independence); only President to have English as a second language - he came from a Dutch-speaking family)
  9. William Henry Harrison (1841, Whig; died of pneumonia one month after taking office; First president to die in office and had the shortest presidency, which is the only reason people remember him; last president to have been born before America's independence)
  10. John Tyler (1841-45, Whig/independent; first Vice President to inherit the Presidency)
  11. James K. Polk (1845-49, Democrat; did everything he said he would; shortest natural-lived president)
  12. Zachary Taylor (1849-50, Whig; died in office, possibly of gastroenteritis from eating spoiled cherries, possibly from 19th century medicine)
  13. Millard Fillmore (1850-53, Whig; made fun of for his name, remembered for pretty much nothing else)
  14. Franklin Pierce (1853-57, Democrat; a deeply unlucky man)
  15. James Buchanan (1857-61, Democrat; only president never to have been married, may have been secretly homosexual. Since the Civil War started at the end of his tenure, he's consistently considered the worst to ever hold the office.)
  16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-65, Republican/National Union; tallest president; first president to have facial hair; assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer, and in doing so was the first president to be successfully assassinated)
  17. Andrew Johnson (1865-69, National Union note ; first president to be impeached, but was acquitted)
  18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77, Republican; the greatest Civil War General; initially considered an awful President, but his reputation is on the rise)
  19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-81, Republican; won the closest election in American history.)
  20. James Garfield (1881, Republican; assassinated by a disgruntled office seeker)
  21. Chester A. Arthur (1881-85, Republican; he had crazy facial hair)
  22. Grover Cleveland (1885-89, Democrat; only President to serve two non-consecutive terms)
  23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-93, Republican; the other Harrison's grandson)
  24. Grover Cleveland (1893-97, Democrat; fans tend to prefer his first term)
  25. William McKinley (1897-1901, Republican; assassinated next to an X-ray machine that could have been used to save his life)
  26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09, Republican; youngest person to become president; definitely Badass)
  27. William Howard Taft (1909-13, Republican; got stuck in a bathtub; last president to have facial hair; only President to serve on the US Supreme Court (1921-30), thereby being the only President to have been part of all three branches of federal government)
  28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-21, Democrat; only president with a Ph.D; had a stroke and his wife then ran the country in secret)
  29. Warren Harding (1921-23, Republican; died from a heart attack midway through his term, became notorious for corruption under his administration)
  30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-29, Republican; often silent)
  31. Herbert Hoover (1929-33, Republican; previously a humanitarian, but not that kind)
  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45, Democrat; served four terms, more than any other President, though he died a few months into the fourth)
  33. Harry Truman (1945-53, Democrat; authorized the only use of nuclear weapons in war)
  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61, Republican; a World War II General; first president to be limited to two terms by the 22nd Amendment)
  35. John F. Kennedy (1961-63, Democrat; only Catholic President, youngest elected President; his assassination is still plagued by mysteries)
  36. Lyndon Johnson (1963-69, Democrat; very Texan and very odd)
  37. Richard Nixon (1969-74, Republican; only President to resign, definitely corrup-er, not a crook)
  38. Gerald Ford (1974-77, Republican; only president who wasn't elected as either President or Vice-President, only president whose would-be assassins were female; longest-lived president)
  39. Jimmy Carter (1977-81, Democrat; living, was a Farm Boy and was attacked by a bunny)
  40. Ronald Reagan (1981-89, Republican; previously a cowboy actor; oldest elected President)
  41. George H.W. 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. Also, he did not inhale.)
  43. George W. Bush (2001-09, Republican; living, added countless new words to the public conscious, and second son of a former President)
  44. Barack Obama (2009-present, 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. So will any attempts to add John Hanson or any other presidents of the Continental Congress.

An urban legend, popularized by Ripley's Believe It or Not! in 1931, claims that there is a curse upon the Presidency. This curse, variously known as the "Curse of Tippecanoe", "Tecumseh's Curse" and the "Zero-Year Curse", states that any President who is elected in a year ending in a zero (1840, 1860, etc.) will die in office or have a near miss. It was allegedly placed upon William Henry Harrison by Tecumseh's brother Tenskwatana during the Indian wars and the War of 1812, in which Harrison won two decisive battles against Tecumseh in present-day Indiana and Ontario (the latter leading to Tecumseh's death). Whatever the curse's validity, it was apparently "broken" by either Ronald Reagan (if deaths alone count), or George W. Bush (if near-misses count as well) as both survived to serve two full terms.

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.

With one exception, every American President is descended from Bad King John of England. He's the king from the Robin Hood stories and the one who was forced to sign Magna Carta. The one exception is Martin Van Buren, whose ancestry is Dutch on both sides. All of the other 42 men to hold the executive office have British blood in them that can be traced back to King John. And even then, Van Buren is related to a few other Presidents, so he is still related to King John. In fact, Van Buren was descended from William the Conqueror, who was also ancestor of King John, so every President is descended from the Norman king who conquered England.note 

Some Presidents who typically rank very high in "Greatest Presidents" historian/scholar polls include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Some who are usually found at the very bottom include William Henry Harrison, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Warren Harding. A few are more popular in public polls than in scholarly ones, such as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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. For the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, see Jefferson Davis.
"The next president to lead the way
Well, it just might be yourself one day
Then the press will distort everything you say
So jump in your plane and fly away!"

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alternative title(s): Dead Presidents; Not So Dead Presidents
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