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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   James MONROE (28 April 1758, , Virginia, USA - 4 July 1831, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam))

1817 - March 4 - James Monroe (1758-1831) becomes 5th President of the United States

Elected president in 1816 over the Federalist Rufus King, and reelected without opposition in 1820, Monroe, the last of the Virginia dynasty, pursued the course of systematic tranquilization that won ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   John Qunicy ADAMS (11 July 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA - 23 February 1848, Washington, DC, USA)

1825 - March 4 - John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) becomes 6th President of the United States

When no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in 1824, Adams, with the support of Henry Clay, was elected by the House in 1825 over Andrew Jackson, who had the original... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Andrew JACKSON (15 March 1767, , South Carolina, USA - 8 June 1845, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

1829 - March 4 - Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) becomes 7th President of the United States.

As president, Jackson greatly expanded the power and prestige of the presidential office and carried through an unprecedented program of domestic reform, vetoing the bill to extend the United States... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Martin VAN BUREN (5 December 1782, Kinderhook, New York, USA - 24 July 1862, Kinderhook, New York, USA)

1837 - March 4 - Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) becomes 8th President of the United States

In 1832, Van Buren became vice president; in 1836, president. The Panic of 1837 overshadowed his term. He attributed it to the overexpansion of the credit and favored the establishment of an... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   William Henry HARRISON (9 February 1773, Charles City, Virginia, USA - 4 April 1841, Washington, DC, USA)

1841 - March 4 - William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) becomes 9th President of the United States - dies one month after assuming the office.

Nominated for president in 1835 as a military hero whom the conservative politicians hoped to be able to control, he ran surprisingly well against Van Buren in 1836. Four years later, he defeated Van ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   John TYLER (29 March 1790, Charles City, Virginia, USA - 18 January 1862, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

1841 - April 4 - John Tyler (1790-1862) becomes 10th President of the United States.

Elected vice president on the Whig ticket in 1840, Tyler succeeded to the presidency on Harrison's death. His strict-constructionist views soon caused a split with the Henry Clay wing of the Whig... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   James Knox POLK (2 November 1795, , North Carolina, USA - 15 June 1849, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

1845 - March 4 - James K. Polk (1795-1849) becomes 11th President of the United States

When James K. Polk accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, he was not very well known. The Whig opposition party played on his obscurity, sniping, "Who is James K. Polk?" An... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Zachary TAYLOR (24 November 1784, , Virginia, USA - 9 July 1850, Washington, DC, USA)

1849 - March 4 - Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) becomes 12th President of the United States. He dies in office after 16 months.

During the revival of the slavery controversy, which was to result in the Compromise of 1850, Taylor began to take an increasingly firm stand against appeasing the South; but he died in Washington on ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Millard FILLMORE (7 January 1800, , Cayuga County, New York, USA - 8 March 1874, Buffalo, New York, USA)

1850 - July 9 - Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) becomes 13th President of the United States

As president, Fillmore associated himself with the pro-Southern Whigs, supporting the Compromise of 1850. Defeated for the Whig nomination in 1852, he ran for president in 1856 as candidate of the... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Franklin PIERCE (23 November 1804, , New Hampshire, USA - 8 October 1869, Concord, New Hampshire, USA)

1853 - March 4 - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) becomes 14th President of the United States

As president, Pierce followed a course of appeasing the South at home and of playing with schemes of territorial expansion abroad. The failure of his foreign and domestic policies prevented his... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   James BUCHANAN (23 April 1791, , Pennsylvania, USA - 1 June 1868, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

1857 - March 4 - James Buchanan (1791-1868) becomes 15th President of the United States - the only bachelor to be President.

He was elected president in 1856, defeating John C. Frémont, the Republican candidate, and former President Millard Fillmore of the American Party. The growing crisis over slavery presented Buchanan... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Abraham LINCOLN (12 February 1809, , Kentucky, USA - 15 April 1865, Washington, DC, USA)

1861 - March 4 - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) becomes 16th President of the United States.

Lincoln's inaugural address was stirring. He appealed for the preservation of the Union. To retain his support in the North without further alienating the South, he called for compromise. He promised ... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Andrew JOHNSON (29 December 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - 31 July 1875, Carter Station, Tennessee, USA)

1865 - April 15 – Inauguration of Andrew Johnson: President Lincoln dies early this morning from his gunshot wound and Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th President of the United States.

Johnson became Abraham Lincoln's running mate, despite the fact that he was a Democrat and Lincoln was a Republican. After Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, Johnson went from vice president to... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Ulysses Simpson GRANT (27 April 1822, , Ohio, USA - 23 July 1885, Saratoga, New York, USA)

1869 - March 4 - Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) becomes 18th President of the United States

In 1868, as Republican candidate for president, Grant was elected over the Democrat, Horatio Seymour. From the start, Grant showed his unfitness for the office. His cabinet was weak, his domestic... Read MORE...

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U.S. President flag photo of ancestor   Rutherford Birchard HAYES (4 October 1822, , Ohio, USA - 17 January 1893, , Ohio, USA)

1877 - March 4 - Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) becomes 19th President of the United States

On the night of the 1876 presidential election, Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes went to bed early. He assumed that he had lost the election to his opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden ... Read MORE...

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