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  • 1. Important Presidents in American History
  • 2. George Washington: Road to Presidency From Mount Vernon, VA. Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. He served as a senior officer in the French and Indian War. The only president to have a unanimous vote by the electoral college. (The White House)
  • 3. George Washington: Presidency (1789-1797)  He introduced the cabinet system  He was Precedent for future presidents, and did not infringe on his powers.  He sought to preserve liberty and reduce regional tension.  He promoted nationalism.(Fagan)  He stayed neutral in the war between France and England.  Retired after eight years in office. (The White House)
  • 4. Thomas Jefferson:Road to Presidency(1801- 1809)  He is from Albemarle County, VA  He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.  He practiced law.  He was the Author of the Declaration of Independence.  He was elected as the Secretary of State  He wrote a bill that established religious freedom. (The White House)
  • 5. Thomas Jefferson: Presidency  He cut the national budget  He eliminated the tax on whisky and cut the national debt by 1/3.  He made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, gaining western territory.(Fagan)  He stayed out of the Napoleon wars. (The White House)
  • 6. Abraham Lincoln: Road to Presidency He was from Hardin County, KY. He grew up poor and struggled. He was determined and self-educated. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War. He ran for senator, but lost. He served eight years in the Illinois legislature. (The White House)
  • 7. Abraham Lincoln: Presidency (1861-1865)  He was the president during the Civil War, supported the Union.  He came up with the emancipation proclamation, which freed slaves.  He promoted peace with the South after the war which made the nation recover(Fagan) quicker.  He was assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. (The White House)
  • 8. Theodore Roosevelt: Road to Presidency He was born in New York City. He grew up in a wealthy family, but struggled with his health. He was a frontiersmen that drove cattle and hunted. He served in the Spanish-American War as a Lieutenant in the Rough Rider Regiment. He was a Governor in 1898. (The White House)
  • 9. Theodore Roosevelt Presidency (1901-1909)  He ordered the construction of the Panama Canal.  Won the Nobel Peace Prize by ending the Russo-Japanese War.  He was a representative of the people.  He became known as a “Trust Buster”.  Dissolved monopolies like railroad(Fagan) companies.  Enacted the Sherman Act. (The White House)
  • 10. Woodrow Wilson: Road to Presidency He was from Virginia He studied at the University of Virginia Law School. He became the president of Princeton. He was governor of New Jersey in 1910 on the progressive platform. (The White House)
  • 11. Woodrow Wilson: Presidency (1913-1921)  He was an advocate for Individualism and state rights.  He lowered tariffs.  He enacted the Underwood Act.  He enacted the Federal Reserve-Act.  He passed Child Labor laws.  He entered the US into WWI, defeating the(Fagan) Germans.  Came up with his Fourteen Points. (The White House)
  • 12. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to Presidency He was from Hyde Park, NY. Studies at Harvard and Columbia Law School. He was the New York senator in 1910. He was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He was diagnosed with Polio. He was the Governor of New York in (The White 1928. House)
  • 13. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Presidency (1933-1945)  He helped America recover after The Depression by using the New Deal and his “hundred day plan”.  He provided relief to business, agriculture, and the unemployed.  He introduced social security.(Fagan)  He used a “good neighbor policy”.  He coined the word United Nations. (The White House)
  • 14. Henry Truman: Road to Presidency He was from Lamar Missouri. He was a farmer. He served as a captain in WWI in field artillery. He was a judge of the Jackson County Court. He was also a senator for Missouri. (The White House)
  • 15. Henry Truman: Presidency (1945-1953)  He signed the United Nations.  He introduced the Fair Deal.  He used the Marshall Plan to provide economic recovery to Europe.  He aided West Berlin using the Berlin Airlift.  He made the call to drop the atomic bombs(Fagan) that ended WWII  He kept the Korean War small in fear of was with China or Russia. (The White House)
  • 16. George W. Bush: Road to Presidency He was born in New Haven, CT. His family moved to Midland, TX. He got a degree at Harvard. He served in WWII. His father was also President after he ran an oil exploration business. He was the Governor of Texas in 1995. (The White House)
  • 17. George W. Bush: Presidency (2001-2009)  He was the president during the terrorist attack on 9/11.  He enacted the Homeland Security Act.  Started a “war on terror”.  He sent troops to Afghanistan to break up the Taliban.(Fagan)  He started the Iraq War.  He imposed Tax cuts as promised in his campaign. (The White House)
  • 18. Works Cited Fagan, Chas. "Portrait Galleries." American Presidents: Life Portraits. C-SPAN, 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. <http://www.americanpresidents.org/ gallery/ >. The White House. USA gov, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/ presidents>.