44 Presidents

From the Revolution to the age of the Internet

This song makes it easy to remember all 44 presidents of the United States in chronological order.

This video was produced by our friends at Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.

Memorizing presidents is gonna take some effort,
We'll start with George Washington, Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Then James Madison and James Monroe,
Then John Quincy Adams like his father before.
Next up we’ve got some interesting folks,
Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler and Polk.
The next four presidents that we'll examine
Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan.

Forty-four presidents,
White House residents,
From the Revolution to the age of the internet.

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves,
We got Johnson, Grant and Rutherford Hayes,
James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Cleveland and Harrison,
Let’s keep going farther.
Next up, we got Cleveland again,
Then McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson.
The next four, yeah you know who they are,
It's Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and FDR.

Forty-four presidents,
White House residents,
From the Revolution to the age of the internet.

No presidents are from Wisconsin,
Not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy or Johnson.
We're getting near the end, it's not harder,
It's Nixon, Ford, then Jimmy Carter.
Last few, we're almost done,
We've just got Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush the son.
Obama is in the White House now,
So hail to the Chief and stand up proud!
Forty-four presidents,
White House residents,
From the Revolution to the age of the internet.

The president of the United States is the head of state and head of government. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the US Armed Forces. To learn more about the three branches of US government, check out our unit “Checks and Balances.”

What was George Washington's salary as president of the United States? Congress appropriated $25,000 a year and, at first, Washington was reluctant to accept payment for his services. Later, however, he agreed that refusing a salary wouldn't be a good precedent and would cause complications in accounts.

William Henry Harrison didn't serve as president for very long. He died of pneumonia just after 30 days in office, giving him the distinction of the shortest presidential term. The pneumonia may or may not have been caused by his Inaugural Address, which was given in freezing temperatures without his wearing a coat or a hat. The near two-hour speech set a record that still stands today.

The basic process of selecting the president of the United States is spelled out in the US Constitution. And it it has been modified by the 12th, 22nd and 23rd amendments. The president isn't elected by a simple majority vote, instead America employs a somewhat complicated electoral college system. To learn more about how the President of the United States is elected, check out our unit “I'll Be the President.”

Although our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791, he wasn't the first to live there. That distinction goes to our second president, John Adams. After eight years of construction, Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800. The residence was built mostly by enslaved African-Americans.

Before taking office as first president of the United States, George Washington played a leading military role in the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and presided over the convention that drafted the Constitution. In 1778 Washington was the unanimous choice of the electors for president. He served two terms in office and then voluntarily didn't run for a third. He set a precedent of only serving two terms that every president followed until FDR.

The 2008 presidential election marked two great changes. The biggest change was the election of an African-American as the president of the United States. But another was the extensive use of the internet to build and a manage a political campaign.

Abraham Lincoln was the first of four US presidents assassinated while in office. Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Both James Garfield and William McKinley died of complications resulting from gunshot wounds. And John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served longer than any other president in American history (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945). He served three full 4-year terms and died just three months into his fourth. Presidential terms were later limited to two when Congress passed the 22nd Amendment in 1947.

Barack Obama's salary as president of the United States is $400,000 plus $50,000 for expenses. This may sound like a lot, but he's never really off the clock as long as he's in office. Many ex-presidents can now make millions of dollars doing speaking tours and writing books.

There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels in the White House. There are also 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators.

Facing almost certain impeachment and removal from office, Richard Nixon became the only president to resign. After his resignation on August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford took over as president. Ford is the first and only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the US without being nationally elected.

The White House was adopted as the official name of the residence by Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Before then, it was known as the “President's Palace,” the “President's House” and the “Executive Mansion.”
Who was the first US president?
George Washington
Which president freed the slaves?
Abraham Lincoln
Who was the first son of a president to be elected to the same office?
John Quincy Adams
No presidents are from which state?
Who was the president to serve between Bush Sr. and Bush Jr.?
Bill Clinton
Who was the president after Ulysses S. Grant?
Rutherford Hayes
Who served as president right before John F. Kennedy?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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