Know Your Presidents

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Congratulations to President Obama, citizens of the United States and the world!

I started to put this together after I came across some photographs of previous presidential inaugurations in the archives of The Library of Congress. Obviously there are not photographs, or even drawings, of every presidential inauguration in the archives, but after looking up information on all the presidents whose inaugurals were photographed or illustrated by hand, I thought it incomplete to leave out those for whom there are only portraits or images of non-inaugural events.

As we celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, we would do well to look to our history and our past presidents — the challenges they faced, their successes and their failures.

Click on the images to learn about your Presidents.

C-Span has video of Presidential Inauguration Speeches beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.

George Washington, First President of the United States (1789-1797)

George Washington, First President of the United States (1789-1797)


John Adams, Second President of the United States (1797 - 1801)

John Adams, Second President of the United States (1797 - 1801)


Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States (1801 - 1809)

Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States (1801 - 1809)


James Madison, Fourth President of the United States (1809 - 1817)

James Madison, Fourth President of the United States (1809 - 1817)


James Monroe, Fifth President of the United States (1817 - 1825)

James Monroe, Fifth President of the United States (1817 - 1825)


John Quincy Adams, Sixth president of the United States (1825 - 1829)

John Quincy Adams, Sixth president of the United States (1825 - 1829)


Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States (1829 - 1837)

Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States (1829 - 1837)


Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States (1837 - 1841)

Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States (1837 - 1841)


Presidential inauguration of Wm. H. Harrison, Ninth President of the United States (1841),  in Washington City, D.C., on the 4th of March 1841

Presidential inauguration of Wm. H. Harrison, Ninth President of the United States (1841), in Washington City, D.C., on the 4th of March 1841


John Tyler, Tenth President of the United States, 1841

John Tyler, Tenth President of the United States, 1841

View of crowd with umbrellas, in front of platform on east portico of U.S. Capitol, where Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administers the oath of office to James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States (1845 - 1849)

View of crowd with umbrellas, in front of platform on east portico of U.S. Capitol, where Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administers the oath of office to James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States (1845 - 1849)


General Zachary Taylor, Old Rough and Ready, Twelfth American President  (1849 - 1850).

General Zachary Taylor, "Old Rough and Ready," Twelfth American President (1849 - 1850).


President Millard Fillmore - The American Louis Philippe, 13th President of the United States  (1850-1853)

President Millard Fillmore - "The American Louis Philippe", 13th President of the United States (1850-1853)


Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (1853 - 1857)

Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (1853 - 1857)


President James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (1857 - 1861)

President James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (1857 - 1861)


President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861 - 1865), delivering his second inaugural address on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1865.

President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861 - 1865), delivering his second inaugural address on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1865.


Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United states (1865 - 1869), taking the oath of office in the small parlor of the Kirkwood House (Hotel), Washington, April 15, 1865.

Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United states (1865 - 1869), taking the oath of office in the small parlor of the Kirkwood House (Hotel), Washington, April 15, 1865.


President Ulysses S.Grants inauguration, 1869.  Eighteenth American President (1869 - 1877)

President Ulysses S. Grant's inauguration, 1869. Eighteenth American President (1869 - 1877)


Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (1877 - 1881), on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol (1877)

Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (1877 - 1881), on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol (1877)


James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States (1881)

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States (1881)


Justice John R. Brady, Justice of New York State Supreme Court, administering the oath of office to Vice President Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1881 - 1885), in a private ceremony in Chester Arthurs residence at 123 Lexington Avenue, New York.  (1881)

Justice John R. Brady, Justice of New York State Supreme Court, administering the oath of office to Vice President Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1881 - 1885), in a private ceremony in Chester Arthur's residence at 123 Lexington Avenue, New York. (1881)


The inauguration of Grover Cleveland, 22nd President of the United States (1885 - 1889) - night scene near the White House / Drawn by T. de Thulstrup and Charles Graham (1885)

The inauguration of Grover Cleveland, 22nd President of the United States (1885 - 1889) - night scene near the White House / Drawn by T. de Thulstrup and Charles Graham (1885)


Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering the oath of office to Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889 - 1893), on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1889

Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering the oath of office to Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889 - 1893), on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1889


Second inauguration of President William McKinley, 24th President of the United States (1897 - 1901), March 4, 1901.

Second inauguration of President William McKinley, 24th President of the United States (1897 - 1901), March 4, 1901.


President Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901 - 1909), delivering his second inaugural address, Washington DC, March 4, 1905.

President Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901 - 1909), delivering his second inaugural address, Washington DC, March 4, 1905.


Inauguration of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (1909 - 1913), March 4, 1909.

Inauguration of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (1909 - 1913), March 4, 1909.


Second inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1913 - 1921), March 4, 1917.

Second inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1913 - 1921), March 4, 1917.


President Warren Gamaliel Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921 - 1923), delivering his inaugural address on east portico of U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1921

President Warren Gamaliel Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921 - 1923), delivering his inaugural address on east portico of U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1921

Warren Harding is more interesting than one might think.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (1923 - 1929), making speech at his inauguration (1925)

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (1923 - 1929), making speech at his inauguration (1925)


 Inauguration of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (1929 - 1933), 1929.

Inauguration of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (1929 - 1933), 1929.


Third inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933 - 1945),  at White House, January 20, 1945.

Third inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933 - 1945), at White House, January 20, 1945.


Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945 - 1953), 1949.

Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945 - 1953), 1949.


Chief Justice Frederick Vinson administering the oath of office to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (1953 - 1961), on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1953

Chief Justice Frederick Vinson administering the oath of office to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (1953 - 1961), on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1953


Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963),  on east portico of U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1961

Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963), on east portico of U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1961


Sarah T. Hughes, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Texas, administering the oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (1963 - 1969),  in the conference room aboard Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.

Sarah T. Hughes, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Texas, administering the oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (1963 - 1969), in the conference room aboard Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.


President Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States (1969 - 1974), delivering his second inaugural address on east portico of U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1973

President Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States (1969 - 1974), delivering his second inaugural address on east portico of U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1973


President Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States (1974 - 1977), appearing at the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on pardoning former President Richard Nixon, Washington, D.C., October 17, 1974.

President Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States (1974 - 1977), appearing at the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on pardoning former President Richard Nixon, Washington, D.C., October 17, 1974.


President-elect Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States (1977 - 1981), with Rosalynn and Amy Carter on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1977.

President-elect Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States (1977 - 1981), with Rosalynn and Amy Carter on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1977.


President Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (1981 - 1989), delivering his inaugural address on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1981

President Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (1981 - 1989), delivering his inaugural address on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1981


Inauguration of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States (1989 - 1993) on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1989

Inauguration of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States (1989 - 1993), on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1989


Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993 - 2001),  on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1993

Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993 - 2001), on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1993


President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States (2001 - 2009), taking the oath of office, Jan. 2001

President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States (2001 - 2009), taking the oath of office, Jan. 2001


President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, and his wife Michelle wave to the crowd as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inauguration parade, January 20, 2009. Photo: Jim Young / Reuters

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  3. Barry has the best looking bulletproof suits by far.


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