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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.

List of Presidents

This chart lists known individuals who served as President of the United States.

Presidency President Party Election Vice President

April 30, 1789

March 4, 1797

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George Washington

Unaffiliated

1788–89

John Adams

1792

March 4, 1797

March 4, 1801

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John Adams

Federalist

1796

Thomas Jefferson

March 4, 1801

March 4, 1809

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Thomas Jefferson

Democratic-Republican

1800

Aaron Burr

1804

George Clinton

March 4, 1809

March 4, 1817

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James Madison

Democratic-Republican

1808

George Clinton

(died in office)

Vacant after
April 20, 1812

1812

Elbridge Gerry

(died in office)

Vacant after
November 23, 1814

March 4, 1817

March 4, 1825

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James Monroe

Democratic-Republican

1816

Daniel D. Tompkins

1820

March 4, 1825

March 4, 1829

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John Quincy Adams

Democratic-Republican

1824

John C. Calhoun

March 4, 1829

March 4, 1837

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Andrew Jackson

Democratic

1828

John C. Calhoun

(resigned from office)

Vacant after
December 28, 1832

1832

Martin Van Buren

March 4, 1837

March 4, 1841

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Martin Van Buren

Democratic

1836

Richard Mentor Johnson

March 4, 1841

April 4, 1841

(died in office)

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William Henry Harrison

Whig

1840

John Tyler

April 4, 1841

March 4, 1845

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John Tyler

Whig (1841)

Unaffiliated (1841 - 1845)

Vacant throughout
presidency

March 4, 1845

March 4, 1849

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James K. Polk

Democratic

1844

George M. Dallas

March 4, 1849

July 9, 1850

(died in office)

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Zachary Taylor

Whig

1848

Millard Fillmore

July 9, 1850

March 4, 1853

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Millard Fillmore

Whig Vacant throughout
presidency

March 4, 1853

March 4, 1857

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Franklin Pierce

Democratic

1852

William R. King

(died in office)

Vacant after
April 18, 1853

March 4, 1857

March 4, 1861

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James Buchanan

Democratic

1856

John C. Breckinridge

March 4, 1861

April 15, 1865

(died in office)

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Abraham Lincoln

Republican

1860

Hannibal Hamlin
National Union

1864

Andrew Johnson

April 15, 1865

March 4, 1869

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Andrew Johnson

National Union Vacant throughout
presidency

March 4, 1869

March 4, 1877

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Ulysses S. Grant

Republican

1868

Schuyler Colfax

1872

Henry Wilson

(died in office)

Vacant after
November 22, 1875

March 4, 1877

March 4, 1881

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Rutherford B. Hayes

Republican

1876

William A. Wheeler

March 4, 1881

September 19, 1881

(died in office)

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James A. Garfield

Republican

1880

Chester A. Arthur

September 19, 1881

March 4, 1885

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Chester A. Arthur

Republican Vacant throughout
presidency

March 4, 1885

March 4, 1889

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Grover Cleveland

Democratic

1884

Thomas A. Hendricks

(died in office)

Vacant after
November 25, 1885

March 4, 1889

March 4, 1893

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Benjamin Harrison

Republican

1888

Levi P. Morton

March 4, 1893

March 4, 1897

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Grover Cleveland

- Democratic

1892

Adlai Stevenson

March 4, 1897

September 14, 1901

(died in office)

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1896

Garret Hobart

(died in office)

Vacant after
November 21, 1899

1900

Theodore Roosevelt

September 14, 1901

March 4, 1909

Theodore Roosevelt.gif Theodore Roosevelt Republican Vacant through
March 4, 1905

1904

Charles W. Fairbanks

March 4, 1909

March 4, 1913

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1908

James S. Sherman

(died in office)

Vacant after
October 30, 1912

March 4, 1913

March 4, 1921

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1912

Thomas R. Marshall

1916

March 4, 1921

August 2, 1923

(died in office)

Warren G. Harding.gif Warren G. Harding Republican

1920

Calvin Coolidge

August 2, 1923

March 4, 1929

Calvin Coolidge.gif Calvin Coolidge Republican Vacant through
March 4, 1925

1924

Charles G. Dawes

March 4, 1929

March 4, 1933

Herbert Hoover.gif Herbert Hoover Republican

1928

Charles Curtis

March 4, 1933

April 12, 1945

(died in office)

Franklin D. Roosevelt.gif Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic

1932

John Nance Garner

1936

1940

Henry A. Wallace

1944

Harry S. Truman

April 12, 1945

January 20, 1953

Harry S. Truman.gif Harry S. Truman Democratic Vacant through
January 20, 1949

1948

Alben W. Barkley

January 20, 1953

January 20, 1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower.gif Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican

1952

Richard Nixon

1956

January 20, 1961

November 22, 1963

(died in office)

John F. Kennedy.gif John F. Kennedy Democratic

1960

Lyndon B. Johnson

November 22, 1963

January 20, 1969

Lyndon B. Johnson.gif Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Vacant through
January 20, 1965

1964

Hubert Humphrey

January 20, 1969

August 9, 1974

(resigned from office)

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1968

Spiro Agnew

(resigned from office)

1972

Vacant, Oct. 10 – Dec. 6, 1973

Gerald Ford

Unknown[1]

???

???

[2]

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Owen Lassiter

Republican

January 20, 1987

January 20, 1991

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D. Wire Newman

Democratic 1986

January 20, 1991

January 20, 1999

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[3]

Republican 1990

1994

January 20, 1999

January 20, 2007

[4]

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1998

John Hoynes

(resigned from office)

2002

Vacant, May – July 2003

Robert Russell

January 20, 2007

???

Santos2.jpg Matthew Santos Democratic 2006

Vacant

Eric Baker

Referenced in series

This chart lists episodes where each president is most prominently referenced or mentioned in the series. Some presidents have never been mentioned.

President Referenced
George Washington Six Meetings Before Lunch
John Adams Jefferson Lives
Thomas Jefferson Jefferson Lives
James Madison Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams The U.S. Poet Laureate
Andrew Jackson The Crackpots and These Women, H.Con - 172
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison Tomorrow
John Tyler
James Polk The Fall's Gonna Kill You
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce The Dogs of War
James Buchanan Night Five
Abraham Lincoln Six Meetings Before Lunch
Andrew Johnson The Leadership Breakfast, Six Meetings Before Lunch
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford Hayes Night Five
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison The Leadership Breakfast, Guns Not Butter
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley Memorial Day
Theodore Roosevelt Pilot
William Howard Taft Memorial Day
Woodrow Wilson Noël, Bartlet for America
Warren Harding Guns Not Butter
Calvin Coolidge Third-Day Story
Herbert Hoover The Dogs of War
Franklin D. Roosevelt Pilot
Harry Truman The Short List, 7A WF 83429, The Dogs of War
Dwight Eisenhower 17 People, Bartlet for America
John F. Kennedy Bartlet for America, Tomorrow
Lyndon Johnson Five Votes Down
Richard Nixon Six Meetings Before Lunch
Owen Lassiter The Stormy Present
D. Wire Newman The Stormy Present
Unknown Republican The Short List, Memorial Day
Josiah Bartlet Pilot, Tomorrow
Matthew Santos 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. Owen Lassiter's presidency likely took place between the late 70's to mid 80's.
  3. Bartlet's predecessor was never mentioned by name, but multiple statements made throughout the show indicate that he was a two-term Republican.
  4. Glen Allen Walken briefly served as Acting President in 2003.
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