American Presidents


Barbara J. Feldman

Starting with George Washington, whose term began in 1789, there have been a total of forty-three individuals sworn into office and forty-four presidencies. The discrepancy is because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and the 24th President.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica: The American Presidency5 stars

    In addition to the usual presidential biographies, Encyclopedia Britannica brings us Historical Election Results, Political Parties, Source Documents, Audio & Video, and Monuments & Memorials. "A monument to [George] Washington was first proposed in 1783, when the Continental Congress appropriated funds to erect a statue of the country's military commander on horseback." The obelisk-shaped Washington Monument opened to the public in 1888, and is currently closed for repairs.

  • Miller Center: American President5 stars

    American President is a non-partisan resource on the history and function of the American presidency published by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. You'll find great stuff for school reports on any president, just click on any thumbnail picture. Other great clicks include the Presidential Classroom (with interactive exhibits and lesson plans) and the Speech Archive.

  • PBS: The Presidents5 stars

    "There is much to learn about the presidency by studying the men who occupied the office. All have been immensely different from one another. Woodrow Wilson, the peacemaker; Kennedy, the Cold Warrior; Jimmy Carter, the engineer; 'Silent Cal' Coolidge and the bellicose Theodore Roosevelt. We've had Richard Nixon, the anti-communist and Ronald Reagan, the actor turned politician. All of the characters are complex and all of their stories surprising. Their lives and careers provide us a panoramic view of America." The Presidents draws on the research done for PBS television specials and includes more than thirty-seven hours of streaming documentaries.

  • Smithsonian Education: Mr. President5 stars

    "Did you know that Thomas Jefferson offered his own huge book collection as a replacement when British troops burned the Library of Congress? Or that John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected president — and the youngest to die in office?" Explore the presidents via the galleries, but don't skip the links in Additional Information. For elementary students, the first link listed (The American Presidency) includes activities, resources, and lesson plans.

  • White House: The Presidents5 stars

    From George Washington to Barack Obama, the White House profiles America's forty-four presidents. Best reasons to visit are the slideshow, the bios, and the section on the First Ladies. "From the day Martha married George Washington in 1759, her great concern was the comfort and happiness of her husband and children. When his career led him to the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War and finally to the Presidency, she followed him bravely."

  • By February 11,2014

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!



    The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents: Fascinating Facts about Each and Every President, Including an American History Timeline
    The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents: Fascinating Facts about Each and Every...
    by Todd Davis, Marc Frey
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    A Children s Book About America: United States Presidents from Washington to Cleveland (Teaching Children American History)
    A Children's Book About America: United States Presidents from Washington to...
    by Johnny Hayes
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    The President s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents
    The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents
    by Susan Katz
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    Price: $3.72