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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. 

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 of the United StatesEdit

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President

Prior Office

Party

Timeline

Referenced in

George WashingtonEdit

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 Harrison

William Henry 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 K. Polk

James 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 B. Hayes

Rutherford 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 H. Taft

William Howard 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

Noel , Bartlet for America

Warren G. Harding

Warren 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 D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano 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 Nixon

Richard M. Nixon Vice President of the United States
(1953-1961)

Republican

January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974

Six Meetings Before Lunch

Unknown[1]

OwenLassiter

Owen Lassiter

Governor of California

Republican

January 20, 1979 - January 20, 1987

The Stormy Present

DWireNewman

D. Wire Newman

??? Democrat

January 20, 1987- January 20, 1991

The Stormy Present

??? ???

Republican[2]

January 20, 1991 - January 20, 1999

The Short ListMemorial Day

JosiahBartlet

Josiah Bartlet

Governor of New Hampshire
(1991-1999)

Democrat

January 20, 1999 - January 20, 2007 [3]

Pilot; Tomorrow

MatthewSantos

Matthew Santos

U.S. Representative for Texas' 18th District
(2001-2007)

Democrat

January 20, 2007- ???

Tomorrow

References Edit

  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