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The President of the United States, or (POTUS) for short, also known as The Commander in Chief or even The Leader of the Free World, is the head of government and state for the United States of America. The country's first president was George Washington, who served from 1789 to 1797. Washington was originally offered a monarchical title, but instead determined the country should have a president, duly elected by the people. 

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Josiah Bartlet is the President of the United States for the entire series. His successor, Matthew Santos, is inaugurated in the series finale, Tomorrow. For a short time in Season Five, House Speaker Glen Allen Walken becomes acting president.

Below is a list of Presidents of the United States. Obviously, at some point the history and the fiction become entangled as President Josiah Bartlet was elected in 1998, which was not a year in which the quadrennial presidential election would have taken place in real life. Additionally, the identification of at least two known predecessors to President Bartlet (D. Wire Newman and Owen Lassiter), further blurs the office holders. Richard Nixon is the last real-life President to have been mentioned on the show. Visit the Timeline for more information.

The chart below shows those individuals who served as President of the United States. The final column shows episode references to when that particular president was mentioned or discussed. One of the most prominent presidents featured in the show was Andrew Jackson, popular for the "Big Block of Cheese" days episodes.

List of Presidents

PRESIDENT OFFICE PRIOR PARTY TIMELINE REFERENCED
George Washington
George Washington
Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
(1775-1783)
No Party April 30, 1789 - March 4, 1797 Six Meetings Before Lunch
John Adams
John Adams
Vice President of the United States
(1789-1797)
FEDERALIST March 4, 1797 — March 4, 1801 Jefferson Lives
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Vice President of the United States
(1797-1801)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 - March 4, 1809 Jefferson Lives
James Madison
James Madison
United States Secretary of State
(1801-1809)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 - March 4, 1817 Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
James Monroe
James Monroe
United States Secretary of State
(1811-1817)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 - March 4, 1825
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
United States Secretary of State
(1817-1825)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1825 - March 4, 1829 The U.S. Poet Laureate
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
U.S. Senator from Tennessee
(1797-1798 & 1823-1825)
Democrat March 4, 1829 - March 4, 1837 The Crackpots and These Women, H.Con - 172
Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
Vice President of the United States
(1833-1837)
Democrat March 4, 1837 - March 4, 1841
William Henry Harrison
William Harrison
United States Minister to Columbia
(1828-1829)
Whig March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841 Tomorrow
John Tyler
John Tyler
Vice President of the United States
(1841)
Whig April 6, 1841 - March 4, 1845
James Polk
James K. Polk
Governor of Tennessee
(1839-1841)
Democrat March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849 The Fall's Gonna Kill You
Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor
Major General of the U.S. Army
(1846-1849)
Whig March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850
Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
Vice President of the United States
(1849-1850)
Whig July 9, 1850 - March 4, 1853
Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce
Brigadier General of the U.S. Army
(1847-1848)
Democrat March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857 The Dogs of War
James Buchanan
James Buchanan
United States Minister to the Court of St James
(1853-1856)
Democrat March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861 Night Five
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. Representative for Illinois' 7th District
(1847-1849)
Republican March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865 Six Meetings Before Lunch
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson
Vice President of the United States
(1865)
Democrat April 15, 1865 - March 4, 1869 The Leadership Breakfast, Six Meetings Before Lunch
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
Commanding General of the U.S. Army
(1864-1869)
Republican March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1877 Enemies
Rutherford Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes
Governor of Ohio
(1868-1872 & 1876-1877)
Republican March 4, 1877 - March 4, 1881 Night Five
James A. Garfield
James A. Garfield
U.S. Representative for Ohio's 19th District
(1863-1881)
Republican March 4 to September 19, 1881
Chester A. Arthur
Chester A. Arthur
Vice President of the United States
(1881)
Republican September 19, 1881 - March 4, 1885
Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland
Governor of New York
(1883-1885)
Democrat March 4, 1885 - March 4, 1889
Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison
U.S. Senator from Indiana
(1881-1887)
Republican March 4, 1889 - March 4 1893 The Leadership Breakfast, Guns Not Butter
Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland
President of the United States
(1885-1889)
Democrat March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897
William McKinley
William McKinley
Governor of Ohio
(1892-1896)
Republican March 4, 1897 - September 14, 1901 Memorial Day
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Vice President of the United States
(1901)
Republican September 14, 1901 - March 4, 1909 Pilot
William Howard Taft
William H. Taft
United States Secretary of War
(1904-1908)
Republican March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913 Memorial Day
Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
Governor of New Jersey
(1911-1913)
Democrat March 4, 1913 - March 4, 1921 NoëlBartlet for America
Warren Harding
Warren G. Harding
U.S. Senator from Ohio
(1915-1921)
Republican March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923 Guns Not Butter
Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge
Vice President of the United States
(1921-1923)
Republican August 3, 1923 - March 3, 1929 Third Day Story
Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
United States Secretary of Commerce
(1921-1928)
Republican March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933 20 Hours in America (Part II)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Governor of New York
(1929-1932)
Democrat March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945 Pilot
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
Vice President of the United States
(1945)
Democrat April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953 The State Dinner; 7A WF 83429; 20 Hours in America, Part II
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
(1949-1952)
Republican January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961 Bartlet for America
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
(1953-1960)
Democrat January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963 Bartlet for America
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice President of the United States
(1961-1963)
Democrat November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969 Five Votes Down
Richard M. Nixon
Nixon
Vice President of the United States
(1953-1961)
Republican January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974 Six Meetings Before Lunch

UNKNOWN[1]

Owen Lassiter
OwenLassiter
Governor of California Republican January 20, 1979 - January 20, 1987 The Stormy Present
D. Wire Newman
DWireNewman
??? Democrat January 20, 1987- January 20, 1991 The Stormy Present
n/a n/a Republican[2] January 20, 1991 - January 20, 1999 The Short ListMemorial Day
Josiah Bartlet
3bartlet
Governor of New Hampshire
(1991-1999)
Democrat January 20, 1999 - January 20, 2007 [3] Pilot; Tomorrow
Matthew Santos
Santos2
U.S. Representative for Texas' 18th District
(2001-2007)
Democrat January 20, 2007- ??? Tomorrow

References

  1. Richard Nixon is the last real-life president to be directly referenced in the series. After his presidency, the timeline becomes ambiguous. At some point, the election cycle is offset by two years in comparison to real-life.
  2. Multiple statements throughout the show indicate that Bartlet's predecessor was a two-term Republican.
  3. Glen Allen Walken served as Acting President during Bartlet's term
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