During the American presidency, 45 men have been in power who have been described as noble, despicable, or somewhere in between. They are known for fighting wars, passing legislation, and bringing scandal to the White House. The following photos show U.S. presidents looking cool and doing “non-presidential” activities.
There have been 46 presidencies (including the current one, Joe Biden, whose term began in 2021), and 45 individuals have served as president. Grover Cleveland was elected to two non-consecutive terms and, as such, is considered the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. John F. Kennedy was the youngest president at the age of 43. Joe Biden is the oldest at 78 years old. William Henry Harrison was the shortest-serving president, who died of pneumonia after a month in office. The longest-serving president was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died early in his fourth term in 1945 after serving over twelve years. He is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms.
Since the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1951, no person can be elected president more than twice, nor can someone who has served more than two years of an elected office be elected again. Four presidents died in office of natural causes (William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin D. Roosevelt), four were killed (Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy), and one resigned (Richard Nixon, who faced impeachment). John Tyler became the first vice president during a presidential term to assume the presidency, setting a precedent for the vice president to assume the full powers of the presidency.