"James K. Polk, president during the beginning of the Mexican War."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

James K. Polk

"James K. Polk, president during the beginning of the Mexican War."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

James K. Polk, eleventh president of the United States, known for his expansionist policies.

James K. Polk

James K. Polk, eleventh president of the United States, known for his expansionist policies.

(1795-1849) US President 1845-1849

James Knox Polk

(1795-1849) US President 1845-1849

(1795-1849) Eleventh president of the United States 1845-1849

James Knox Polk

(1795-1849) Eleventh president of the United States 1845-1849

(1795-1849) Eleventh president of the United States.

James Knox Polk

(1795-1849) Eleventh president of the United States.

(1795-1849) US President 1845-1849

James Knox Polk

(1795-1849) US President 1845-1849

Theodore Roosevelt organized and helped command the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment – the Rough Riders – during the Spanish-American War.

Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt organized and helped command the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment – the…

(1858- ) 25th President of the U.S.

Theodore Roosevelt

(1858- ) 25th President of the U.S.

(1858-1919) The 26th President of the United States and is known as T.R. and Teddy.

Theodore Roosevelt

(1858-1919) The 26th President of the United States and is known as T.R. and Teddy.

An American politician, the 27th President of the United States, and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States.

William Taft

An American politician, the 27th President of the United States, and the 10th Chief Justice of the United…

(1857-1930) Taft was the 27th President of the United States, 10th Chief Justice of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party.

William Howard Taft

(1857-1930) Taft was the 27th President of the United States, 10th Chief Justice of the United States,…

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

Zachary Taylor

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

Zachary Taylor

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

Zachary Taylor

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

"Zachary Taylor, president of the United States."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Zachary Taylor

"Zachary Taylor, president of the United States."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

The twelfth president of the United States, born in Orange county, Virginia, Nov. 24, 1784; died in Washington, D. C., July 9, 1850.

Zachary Taylor

The twelfth president of the United States, born in Orange county, Virginia, Nov. 24, 1784; died in…

(1784-1850) Twlefth President of the United States.

Zachary Taylor

(1784-1850) Twlefth President of the United States.

President Zachary Taylor, twelfth president of the United States. He died in office.

Zachary Taylor

President Zachary Taylor, twelfth president of the United States. He died in office.

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

Zachary Taylor

(1784-1850) US President 1849-1850

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was an American military leader and the twelfth President of the United States. Known as "Old Rough and Ready", Taylor had a 40-year military career in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, and Second Seminole War before achieving fame leading U.S. troops to victory at several critical battles of the Mexican-American War. A Southern slaveholder who opposed the spread of slavery to the territories, he was uninterested in politics but was recruited by the Whig Party as their nominee in the 1848 presidential election.

Zachary Taylor's Residence at Baton Rouge

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was an American military leader and the twelfth…

(1790-1862) US President 1841-1845

John Tyler

(1790-1862) US President 1841-1845

(1790-1862) US President 1841-1845

John Tyler

(1790-1862) US President 1841-1845

(1790-1862) Tenth president of the United States 1841-1845

John Tyler

(1790-1862) Tenth president of the United States 1841-1845

"John Tyler, former president of the United States."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

John Tyler

"John Tyler, former president of the United States."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

The tenth president of the United States, born in Greenway, Virginia, March 29, 1790; died in Richmond, Jan. 18, 1862.

John Tyler

The tenth president of the United States, born in Greenway, Virginia, March 29, 1790; died in Richmond,…

John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States.

John Tyler

John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States.

(1782-1862) US President 1837-1841

Martin Van Buren

(1782-1862) US President 1837-1841

(1782-1862) 8th President of the U.S.

Martin Van Buren

(1782-1862) 8th President of the U.S.

The eighth president of the United States, born in Kinderhook, New York, Dec. 5, 1782; died there July 24, 1862.

Martin Van Buren

The eighth president of the United States, born in Kinderhook, New York, Dec. 5, 1782; died there July…

Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States.

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States.

(1782-1862) US President 1837-1841

Martin Van Buren

(1782-1862) US President 1837-1841

An illustration of George Washington lighting a cannon at the siege of Yorktown.

George Washington at Siege of Yorktown

An illustration of George Washington lighting a cannon at the siege of Yorktown.

At Fraunces Tavern on December 4, Washington formally bade his officers farewell and on December 23, 1783, he resigned his commission as commander-in-chief, emulating the Roman general Cincinnatus, an exemplar of the republican ideal of citizen leadership who rejected power. During this period, the United States was governed under the Articles of Confederation without a President, the forerunner to the Constitution.

Washington Resigning His Commission

At Fraunces Tavern on December 4, Washington formally bade his officers farewell and on December 23,…

Although he did not explicitly seek the office of commander and even claimed that he was not equal to it, there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775; the next day, on the nomination of John Adams of Massachusetts, Washington was appointed Major General and elected by Congress to be Commander-in-chief.

Washington Taking Command of the Army

Although he did not explicitly seek the office of commander and even claimed that he was not equal to…

George Washington meeting with the charming widow of Daniel Parke Custis, Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis. Mrs. Custis was later re-married to George Washington.

Colonel Washington and Mrs. Custis

George Washington meeting with the charming widow of Daniel Parke Custis, Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis.…

(1732-1799) First president of the US 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the US 1789-1797

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

The first president of the United States, born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, Feb. 22, 1732; died at Mount Vernon, Dec. 14, 1799.

George Washington

The first president of the United States, born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, Feb. 22, 1732; died…

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

George Washington

(1732-1799) First president of the United States 1789-1797

"George Washington, after a painting by Gilbert Stuart. (The Gibbs Portrait.)"—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

George Washington

"George Washington, after a painting by Gilbert Stuart. (The Gibbs Portrait.)"—E. Benjamin Andrews,…

The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only president to receive 100% of electoral votes. John Adams was elected vice president. Washington took the oath of office as the first President under the Constitution for the United States of America on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City although, at first, he had not wanted the position.

George Washington (1789)

The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains…

Bust of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon. George Washington (February 22, 1732 — December 14, 1799) served as the first President of the United States of America (1789—1797), and led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775—1783).

Houdon's Bust of Washington

Bust of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon. George Washington (February 22, 1732 — December…

(1857- ) 26th President of the U.S.

Taft, William Howard

(1857- ) 26th President of the U.S.

(1856-1924) Wilson was the 28th President of the United States (1913-21).

Woodrow Wilson

(1856-1924) Wilson was the 28th President of the United States (1913-21).