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Terms of office, political affiliation, and brief bios of the 43 Presidents of the United States of America. Also, see their opponents and electoral votes.

1. George Washington, 1789-1797

Party Affiliation: Federalist
Results, 1789: Electoral Vote (69)
Opponent: J. Adams (34); J. Jay (9); R.H. Harrison (6); J. Rutledge (6); J. Hancock (4); G. Clinton (3); S. Huntingdon (2); J. Milton (2); J. Armstrong (1); B. Lincoln (1); E. Telfair (1); votes not cast (12)
Results, 1792: Electoral Vote (132)
Opponent: J. Adams (77); G. Clinton (50); T.Jefferson (4); A. Burr (1)

Occupation: Planter, soldier, public official
Other: Chairman, Continental Congress (1787-88); Member, Continental Congress (1774-75); Member, Virginia House of Burgesses (1759-74); Commander of all the colonial forces
Born: 22 February 1732 (Westmoreland County, VA)
Died: 14 December 1799 (Mount Vernon, VA)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: No formal education

2. John Adams, 1797-1801

Party Affiliation: Federalist
Results, 1796: Electoral Vote (71)
Opponent: Thomas Jefferson (68); Thomas Pinckney (59); Aaron Burr (30); Samuel Adams (15); Oliver Ellsworth (11); George Clinton (7); John Jay (5); James Iredell (3); George Washington (2); John Henry (2); S. Johnston (2); Charles C. Pinckney (1)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Vice President (1789-97); Minister to England (1785); Minister to The Netherlands (1780); Commissioner to France (1778); Member, Continental Congress (1774-78)
Born: 30 October 1735 (Braintree, MA)
Died: 4 July 1826 (Braintree, MA)
Religion: Unitarian
Education: Harvard (1755)

3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

Party Affiliation: Democratic-Republican
Results, 1800: Electoral Vote (73)
Opponent: Aaron Burr (73); John Adams (65); Charles C. Pinckney (64); John Jay (1)
Election resolved in House of Representatives
Results, 1804: Electoral Vote (162)
Opponent: Charles C. Pinckney (14)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Vice President (1797-1801); Secretary of State (1790-93); Minister to France (1785-89); Member, Continental Congress (1783-85; 1775-76); Governor, Virginia (1779-81); Member, Virginia House of Burgesses (1769-74)
Born: 13 April 1751 (Shadwell, VA)
Died: 4 July 1826 (Monticello, VA)
Religion: No formal affiliation
Education: College of William and Mary (1762)

4. James Madison, 1809-1817

Party Affiliation: Democratic-Republican
Results, 1808: Electoral Vote (122)
Opponent: Charles C. Pinckney (47); George Clinton (6); votes not cast (1)
Results, 1820: Electoral Vote (128)
Opponent: DeWitt Clinton (89); votes not cast (1)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Secretary of State (1801-09); US House of Representatives (1789-97); Member, Constitutional Convention (1787); Member, Virginia Legislature (1784-86); Member, Continental Congress (1780-83); Member, Virginia Constitutional Convention (1776)
Born: 16 March 1751 (Port Conway, VA)
Died: 28 June 1836 (Montpelier, VA)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: College of New Jersey, now Princeton University (1771)

5. James Monroe, 1817-1825

Party Affiliation: Democratic-Republican
Results, 1816: Electoral Vote (183)
Opponent: Rufus King (34)
Results, 1820: Electoral Vote (231)
Opponent: John Q. Adams (1); votes not cast (3)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Secretary of War (1814-15); Secretary of State (1811-17); Minister to France and England (1803-07); Governor, Virginia (1799-1802); Minister to France (1794-96); US Senate (1790-94); Member, Continental Congress (1783-86)
Born: 28 April 1758 (Westmoreland County, VA)
Died: 4 July 1831 (New York, NY)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: William and Mary (1776)

6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

Party Affiliation: Democrat
Results, 1824: Popular Vote (108,740), Electoral Vote (84)
Opponent: Andrew Jackson (153,544/ 84) ; Henry Clay (47,136 / 37) ; William Craword (46,618 / 41)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: US House of Representatives (1831-48); Secretary of State (1817-25); Peace Commissioner, Treaty of Ghent (1814); Minister to Russia (1809-11); US Senate (1803-08); Minister to Prussia (1797-1801); Minister to the Netherlands (1794)
Born: 11 July 1767 (Braintree, MA)
Died: :23 February 1848 (Washington, DC)
Religion: Unitarian
Education: Harvard (1787)
Father: John Adams, 2nd POTUS

7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837

Party Affiliation: Democrat
Results, 1828: Popular Vote (647,286); Electoral Vote (178)
Opponent: John Q. Adams (508,064 / 83)
Results, 1832: (687,502 / 219)
Opponent: Henry Clay (530,189 / 49); William Wirt (7); John Floyd (11); votes not cast (2)

Occupation: Lawyer, soldier, public official
Other: US Senate (1823-25, 1797-98); Governor, Florida Territory (1821); Justice, TN Supreme Court (1798-1804); US House of Representatives (1796-97)
Born: 15 March 1767 (Waxhaw area, NC-SC)
Died: 8 June 1845 (Nashville, TN)
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: No formal education

8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841

Party Affiliation: Democrat
Results, 1836: Popular Vote (765,483), Electoral Vote (170)
Opponent: William Harrison (549,508 / 73) ; Hugh L. White (145,352 / 26) ; Daniel Webster (41,287 / 14); Willie P. Mangum (11)
Results, 1840: (1,127,781 / 60)
Opponent: William Harrison (1,274,624 / 234)

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Vice President (1833-1837); Minister to England (1831); Secretary of State (1829-1831); Governor of New York (1829); US Senate (1821-29); NY Attorney General (1815-19); NY State Senator (1813-15)
Born: 5 December 1782 (Kinderhook, NY)
Died: 24 July 1862 (Kinderhook, NY)
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Education: Kinderhook Academy (1796)

9. William Henry Harrison

Party Affiliation: Whig
Results, 1840: Popular Vote (1,274,624), Electoral Vote (234)
Opponent: Martin Van Buren (1,127,781 / 60)

Occupation: Soldier, public official
Other: Minister to Colombia (1828-29); US Senate (1825-28); US House of Representatives (1816-19); Territorial Governor of Indiana (1801-13); Territorial Delegate to Congress (1799-1801); Secretary of Northwest Territory (1798)
Born: 9 February 1773 (Berkeley, VA)
Died: 4 April 1841 (Washington, DC)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Attended Hampden-Sydney College

10. John Tyler, 1841-1845

Party Affiliation: Whig
Did not run for president.

Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Other: Confederate States Congress (1861-62); Vice President (1841); US Senate (1827-36); Governor, Virginia (1825-26); Virginia State Legislator (1823-25); US House of Representatives (1816-21); Virginia House of Delegates (1811-16)
Born: 29 March 1790 (Greenway, VA)
Died: 18 January 1862 (Richmond, VA)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: College of William and Mary (1807)
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