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For lists of U.S. Presidents based on other criteria such as age or home state, see Template:Lists of US Presidents and Vice Presidents.
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The White House, the president's official residence and center of the administration

Under the United States Constitution, the President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. As chief of the executive branch and head of the federal government as a whole, the presidency is the highest political office in the United States by influence and recognition. The president is also the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. The president is indirectly elected to a four-year term by an Electoral College (or by the House of Representatives should the Electoral College fail to award an absolute majority of votes to any person). Since the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1951, no person may be elected President more than twice, and no one who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected may be elected more than once. Upon the death, resignation, or removal from office of an incumbent President, the Vice President assumes the office. The President must be at least 35 years of age and a "natural born" citizen of the United States.

This list includes only those persons who were sworn into office as president following the ratification of the United States Constitution, which took effect on March 4, 1789. For American leaders before this ratification, see President of the Continental Congress. The list does not include any Acting Presidents under the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

George Washington, the first president, was inaugurated in 1789 after a unanimous vote of the Electoral College. The current president, Barack Obama, is the first president of African descent.

List of presidentsEdit

Parties

      No party       Federalist       Democratic-Republican       Democratic       Whig       Republican

No. President Took office Left office Party Term Previous office Vice President
1 George Washington (2) George Washington
(1732–1799)
April 30, 1789 March 4, 1797 Independent 1
(1789)
Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
(1775–1783)
  John Adams
2
(1792)
?? 100px Stanwick Finnegan
44 President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop Barack Obama
(b. 1961)
January 20, 2009 Incumbent Democratic 56
(2008)
U.S. Senator from Illinois
(2005–2008)
Joe Biden
57
(2012)

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