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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
“The time for racial discrimination is over.” Although people thought Gerald Ford was an honest man, Richard Nixon had promoted him to office of Vice President. That association left a bad taste in people’s mouths. Jimmy Carter came from the Deep South and had no connections with...

Jimmy Carter

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Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” “There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter...

Gerald Ford

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Richard M. Nixon

Richard M. Nixon
“It is necessary for me to establish a winner image; therefore, I have to beat somebody.” Richard Nixon worked hard to improve welfare and protect the environment. He also signed a cease-fire, ending America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He visited countries all over the...

Richard M. Nixon

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Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson
“A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” Johnson grew up in Texas, where his parents worked as teachers and farmers. He learned to read before he was four-years-old and was a good student. After graduating from high school, he moved to...

Lyndon B. Johnson

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, our 35th President, was born into a powerhouse family. His father, Joseph Kennedy, was a...

John F. Kennedy

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Like George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President because of his successful military career. He also had good looks and a charming...

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Harry S. Truman

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and on an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Harry Truman was born and raised on a farm in Missouri. Tight financial times left him without the means to attend college. He worked as a...

Harry S. Truman

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd U.S. President, served from 1933 to 1945 – four terms. Roosevelt was beloved by many Americans. He took...

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover
“When there is a lack of honor in the government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.” “Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.” Although Herbert Hoover was a successful geologist, businessman, and civil servant, he had never held a...

Herbert Hoover

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the...

Woodrow Wilson

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William Taft

William Taft
“Politics makes me sick.” “We are all imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government.” William Taft never really wanted to be President. He called the White House the “lonesomest place in the world.” He was happy and relieved when his time there ended. Why did he...

William Taft

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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to ever be President. Maybe that’s why he was so adventurous. Roosevelt once swam with sharks to explore a shipwreck. He went on expeditions to Africa and the jungles of Brazil. He joined a...

Theodore Roosevelt

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William McKinley

William McKinley
“I have never been in doubt since I was old enough to think intelligently that I would someday be made President.” William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, was an intelligent youth with a pleasing personality and strong leadership abilities. A Civil War...

William McKinley

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Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison
“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who makes the cloth will starve in the process.” A President’s time in office is shaped not only by his personality, integrity, and leadership ability, but also by national and world events. During Benjamin...

Benjamin Harrison

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Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland
“Honor lies in honest work.” Grover Cleveland was the first Democrat to be elected as President after the Civil War. He served as President from 1885 to 1889, and again from 1893 to 1897, making him the 22nd and 24th U.S. President. During the first race, he...

Grover Cleveland

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Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur
“I may be President, but my private life is nobody’s business.” Sometimes, great men are elected as President; occasionally, though, average men become great only after they’re elected to office. Such was the case for Chester Arthur. Chester Arthur, the 21st...

Chester A. Arthur

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James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield
“A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.” James Garfield was the last President to be born in a log cabin. His father died when he was a toddler, leaving James’ mother to raise him and his brother. The family was very poor and James rarely went to school....

James A. Garfield

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Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes
“Let every man, every corporation, and especially every village, town, city, county, and state, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.” “Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.” The period after the Civil War –...

Rutherford B. Hayes

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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.” Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, was never interested in politics. He voted only once before taking office and had no political experience. He was a beloved Civil War general, which...

Ulysses S. Grant

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Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson
“The goal to strive for is a poor government, but a rich people.” Andrew Johnson was Vice President during Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency. He became President when Lincoln was assassinated. Interestingly, Lincoln was a Republican, but Johnson was a Democrat. People never expected...

Andrew Johnson

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United...

Abraham Lincoln

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James Buchanan

James Buchanan
“What is right and what is practical are two different things.” James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, was born in Pennsylvania, the son of a storeowner. He learned to...

James Buchanan

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Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce
“Frequently, the more trifling the subject, the more animated the discussion.” Born in New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, came from a well-known and prosperous family. Pierce’s father was a career politician, serving two terms as the...

Franklin Pierce

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