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Presidents of the United States

In Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America, the following requirements are stipulated for those wishing to hold the office of the President of the United States.

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Presidents listed in order by number. (List by number, state of birth, or age at inauguration)
NumberList by number Name Years served State of birth Birth place Inauguration age
1. George Washington 1789-1797 Virginia Pope's Creek, Westmoreland County 57
2. John Adams 1797-1801 Massachusetts North Precinct of Braintree (now Quincy) 61
3. Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 Virginia Shadwell plantation, Goochland County 57
4. James Madison 1809-1817 Virginia Port Conway 57
5. James Monroe 1817-1825 Virginia Westmoreland County 58
6. John Quincy Adams 1825-1829 Massachusetts Braintree (now Quincy) 57
7. Andrew Jackson 1829-1837 Carolina Waxhaw area, on North/South Carolina border 61
8. Martin Van Buren 1837-1841 New York Kinderhook 54
9. William Henry Harrison 1841 Virginia Berkeley plantation, Charles City County 68
10. John Tyler 1841-1845 Virginia Charles City County 51
11. James Knox Polk 1845-1849 North Carolina Mecklenburg County 49
12. Zachary Taylor 1849-1850 Virginia near Barboursville 64
13. Millard Fillmore 1850-1853 New York Summerhill 50
14. Franklin Pierce 1853-1857 New Hampshire Hillsborough (now Hillsboro) 48
15. James Buchanan 1857-1861 Pennsylvania Cove Gap (near Mercersburg) 65
16. Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 Kentucky Hardin (now Larue) County 52
17. Andrew Johnson 1865-1869 North Carolina Raleigh 56
18. Ulysses Simpson Grant 1869-1877 Ohio Point Pleasant 46
19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes 1877-1881 Ohio Delaware 54
20. James Abram Garfield 1881 Ohio Orange Township, Cuyahoga County 49
21. Chester Alan Arthur 1881-1885 Vermont Fairfield 51
22. Stephen Grover Cleveland 1885-1889 New Jersey Caldwell 47
23. Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893 Ohio North Bend 55
24. Stephen Grover Cleveland 1893-1897 New Jersey Caldwell 55
25. William McKinley 1897-1901 Ohio Niles 54
26. Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909 New York New York 42
27. William Howard Taft 1909-1913 Ohio Cincinnati 51
28. Thomas Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 Virginia Staunton 56
29. Warren Gamaliel Harding 1921-1923 Ohio Corsica (now Blooming Grove) 55
30. John Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929 Vermont Plymouth Notch 51
31. Herbert Clark Hoover 1929-1933 Iowa West Branch 54
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945 New York Hyde Park 51
33. Harry S. Truman 1945-1953 Missouri Lamar 60
34. Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961 Texas Denison 62
35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1961-1963 Massachusetts Brookline 43
36. Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963-1969 Texas near Johnson City 55
37. Richard Milhous Nixon 1969-1974 California Yorba Linda 56
38. Gerald Rudolph Ford 1974-1977 Nebraska Omaha 61
39. James Earl Carter, Jr. 1977-1981 Georgia Plains 52
40. Ronald Wilson Reagan 1981-1989 Illinois Tampico 69
41. George Herbert Walker Bush 1989-1993 Massachusetts Milton 64
42. William Jefferson Clinton 1993-2001 Arkansas Hope 46
43. George Walker Bush 2001-2009 Connecticut New Haven 54
44. Barack Hussein Obama 2009- Hawaii Honolulu 47
Presidents

Presidents, by James David Barber. 72 pages. Publisher: DK Publishing; Har/Com/Ch edition (December 29, 2008) Reading level: Ages 8+.

Explore the history of America's presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush in this updated edition of one of DK's best-selling Eyewitness books.

An excellent introduction to the Presidents of the United States. Each President is given between four pages (for such Presidents as Washington and Lincoln) and one paragraph (for such Presidents as Tyler and Harding). Also included are many wonderful pictures and sidebars on many subjects about the President's life and times.

Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama

Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama, by Ann Bausum. 216 pages. Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Updated edition (January 13, 2009) Reading level: Ages 10+.

Learn about men who have faithfully executed their duties—they have signed treaties, addressed Congress, brokered peace, and waged war. Each has left his own indelible mark on the history of the United States and on the lives of the American people.

Find out why George Washington gave up his life as a Virginia planter to lead the nation; why John Taylor was deemed “His Accidency”; walk with the presidents through wars depressions, civil rights movements, and the space race; romp with the Garfield children in a White House pillow fight; and mourn with a nation for John F. Kennedy.

The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents

The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents, by Thomas R. Flagel. 400 pages. Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (November 1, 2007)

Americans have named schools, counties, rivers, cities, and even their own children after U.S. presidents. Their work is in our laws, their words adorn our monuments, and their countenances appear in a trillion places (mostly on our currency). As we prepare to decide who will be the 44th president of the United States, can we truly say we understand the office and its phenomenal history? What do we really know about the men who helped transform a struggling republic into a superpower?

Using detailed top-ten lists, historian Thomas R. Flagel offers a provocative new look at an astonishingly resilient institution. With diligent research, he explores the best, worst, largest, and most controversial facets of an office that some feared would become a monarchy, others hoped would represent all of the people, and John Adams wanted to call "High Highness, the President of the United States of America, and the Protector of their Liberties."