Some famous presidents of the United States include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each president served multiple terms and oversaw the country during times of crisis and great change.Continue Reading
George Washington, the first president, served from 1789 until 1797. He was unanimously voted into office and his statesmanship inspired how future presidents handled themselves in office. He won his presidency due to his popularity as the General of the American colonial forces during the Revolutionary War. He was the only president to never live in the White House, as the original building was not built until the presidency of his successor John Adams.
Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president in 1861. He led the country through the Civil War and used his position to emancipate the slaves from the Southern slave holding states. During the war, he frequently visited Union troops and refused to leave Washington D.C. even when the war came close. John Wilkes Booth, a confederate sympathizer, shot and killed Lincoln on April 14, 1865, shortly after Lincoln began his second term in office.
The 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt served a record four terms from 1933 until 1945. During his time in office, the country suffered from the Great Depression and entered World War II. His New Deal policies helped guide the country out of the economic depression, and he worked with Winston Churchill of Great Britain and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union to bring down the Nazi Germany regime under Adolph Hitler.Learn more about US History