These worksheets look at Presidents that have served the United States throughout history.

The President of the United States of America is the single head of the government of the United States. The person who serves this role must be elected by the citizens of the United States. The person in the role is the commander of the armed forces, can grant reprieves and pardons to citizens that were convicted on federal crimes. They can also appoint ambassadors, cabinet officials and Supreme Court justices. In order to be eligible to be President you must be a natural born citizen, thirty-five years of age or older, and must be a resident of the U.S. for at least fourteen years. The only President to be the undisputed winner was George Washington. He was unanimously elected. It is probably because he was not part of any political party. Did you know that a former U.S. President held the role of hangman twice when he (Grover Cleveland) served as a sheriff? Cleveland was also the only one to be elected to nonconsecutive terms, so far. Did you know that Andrew Johnson was a tailor previous to holding office? He only wore suits that he made. Jimmy Carter is the only President to go on the record as having sighted a UFO, maybe that's why he wasn't asked back? John Tyler had 15 children, now that's a busy President.

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President Franklin Roosevelt

In 1921 FDR contracted polio, which paralyzed both of his legs. FDR could walk with difficulty using canes and braces and spent most of his time in a wheelchair.

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Franklin Roosevelt Graphic Organizer

In 1939 World War II broke out in Europe and in 1940 FDR was re-elected for a third term.

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Franklin Roosevelt Multiple Choice Questions

Before running for this office, Franklin Roosevelt served as what?

Franklin Roosevelt Short Answer Questions

. Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio. Look up polio on the Internet and briefly describe the disease. Why isn't polio a problem in the United States today?

President Harry S. Truman

In 1922 Harry was offered the chance to run for a local judgeship with the backing of the infamous Pendergast political machine. Truman won the election but he never once did the bidding of the Pendergast organization while he was in office.

Harry S. Truman Graphic Organizer

In May of 1945 Germany surrendered and the war in Europe was at an end but the war in the Pacific, against the Japanese, continued to rage on.

Truman Multiple Choice

What international organization did Harry Truman help to organize?

Harry Short Answers

Look up the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. Could Harry Truman have run again in 1952? Explain why or why not.

President Dwight Eisenhower Reading

When Eisenhower graduated from the military academy, the country was fighting World War I, which lasted from 1914 until 1918. Over his years of military service, he rose to the position of brigadier general in the U.S. Army. I

Dwight Eisenhower Graphic Organizer

Eisenhower returned home as a war hero but he declined offers to run for president until 1952 when he was elected to his first of two terms.

Dwight Eisenhower Multiple Choice Questions

One of Eisenhower's major achievements for the United States was what?

Dwight Eisenhower Short Answer Questions

World War II ended in 1945 and Eisenhower left military service in 1948. What reasons can you think of why he did not want to run for president in the 1948 presidential election?

Andrew Jackson

Jackson was the 7th President of the United States and one of the most influential. He was given the nickname "Old Hickory" due to his toughness and the fact that he was associated with the frontier lifestyle.

Andrew Jackson Questions

What was happening to America, geographically, during Jackson's tenure as President?

James Madison

Madison was the 4th President of the United States and was considered one of America's Founding Fathers. He was known as the Father of the US Constitution due to his main authorship of the document.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Initially, Eisenhower made his reputation as an outstanding military man. He became a five-star General and was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces for the United States during World War II.

Harry S. Truman

Truman was a very unpopular president due to domestic problems in the country, such as a weak economy.

President Barack Obama Reading Passage

When Barack was 10 his mother decided he needed an American education and sent him to live with his grandparents in Hawaii.

Barack Obama Graphic Organizer

A short while after graduation, Barack moved to Chicago and took a job as a community organizer in a poor neighborhood of Chicago. By forming committees and groups of people, he helped residents of the housing projects to improve their lives.

Barack Obama Sequence of Challenges

In February, 2007 Barack announced that he was running for president and was seeking the Democratic nomination.

President Barack Obama Multiple Choice Questions

One important fact about Barack Obama as president is what?

Barack Obama Short Answer Questions

When Barack Obama was a child and even in college, people called him Barry. He now only uses his real name, Barack, and no one calls him Barry any more. Why do you think he prefers to be called Barack?

President George Herbert Walker Bush

George Bush wanted to be a pilot and at the time he was the youngest pilot in the Navy. He became a war hero. During one of his bombing missions his plane caught fire and he had to bail out of his plane into the Pacific Ocean where he was rescued by a submarine.

George Herbert Walker Bush Graphic Organizer

Nixon selected George Bush to be the Ambassador to the United Nations. Two years later Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee and he was head of the Republican Party when President Nixon, a Republican, resigned as president.

George Herbert Walker Bush Sequence of Challenges

In 1980 George Bush ran in the Republican primaries to be the candidate for the presidency. Ronald Reagan became the Republican candidate and Reagan asked Bush to be his vice president.

George Herbert Walker Bush Multiple Choice Questions

Before entering politics, what kind of company did George Bush own?

George Herbert Walker Bush Short Answer Questions

List the number of times that George Bush ran for office and did not get elected. What do you think this says about his personality?

President George Walker Bush

After college George Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard Reserve and was a pilot of F-102 aircraft.

George Walker Bush Graphic Organizer

In 1978 George Bush made an unsuccessful attempt to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas and after that he returned to work in the oil industry.

George Walker Bush Sequence of Challenges

George Bush ran for governor of Texas in 1994 and won. He was re-elected as Governor in 1988.

George Walker Bush Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following is true about George Bush?

George Walker Bush Short Answer Questions

George Bush earned an advanced degree in Business Administration from Harvard. How do you think this education helped him be a better president? If you don't know what Business Administration means, look it up.

President Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter, known better as Jimmy Carter, was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. Plains is a small rural town where the Carter's were peanut farmers.

Jimmy Carter Graphic Organizer

The Navy assigned Carter to submarine duty and he was chosen for the advanced nuclear submarine program. While in the Navy Carter studied nuclear reactor technology and nuclear physics at Union College.

Jimmy Carter Sequence of Challenges

While Carter was making peace elsewhere, in 1979 militant students attacked the U.S. Embassy in Iran and took 52 Americans as hostages.

Jimmy Carter Short Answer Questions

The Carter family were farmers who specialized in growing what?

Jimmy Carter Short Answer Questions

Jimmy Carter works with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for deserving people who need housing. Jimmy Carter puts on his work clothes and really helps with the construction. What do you think about this? Look up more about Habitat for Humanity before you answer this question.

President John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected president in 1960 at the age of 43 and is the youngest U.S. president.

John F. Kennedy Graphic Organizer

After college, Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was called to active duty in World War II. He served on a patrol boat called PT-109 that was hit by a Japanese destroyer.

John F. Kennedy Sequence of Challenges

During Kennedy's term in office, he was concerned with the Cold War with Russia. Fidel Castro was the leader of Communist Cuba.

John F. Kennedy Multiple Choice Questions

John Kennedy and his brother Bobby were champions.

John F. Kennedy Short Answer Questions

Do you think that John Kennedy had a good idea when he asked Congress to fund the American space program? Explain why or why not.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson, known in later life as LBJ, was born on August 27, 1908 and was the oldest of five children.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Graphic Organizer

In those days high school wasn't as advanced as it is today and Johnson graduated from high school when he was fifteen.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Sequence of Challenges

During the 1930s the country was in the middle of the Great Depression and there were no jobs for people who wanted to work.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Multiple Choice Questions

How many terms did Lyndon Johnson serve as president?

Lyndon Baines Johnson Short Answer Questions

Lyndon Johnson taught public speaking and debate at a Houston, Texas high school. How did that experience help him in Congress and as president?

President Richard M. Nixon

He left the Navy in 1946 after World War II ended and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California the same year.

Nixon Part 2

In 1973 Spiro Agnew, Nixon's Vice President, was charged with corruption and he resigned on October 10, 1973.

Richard M. Nixon Graphic Organizer

Gerald Ford became president after Nixon resigned with out ever being elected as Vice President or President. Ford pardoned Nixon so he would not be tried in court in order to bring peace to the country.

Richard M. Nixon Sequence of Challenges

By 1952 Nixon was chosen to be the Vice Presidential running mate for presidential candidate General Dwight D. Eisenhower who had been the commander of all allied forces at the end of World War II.

Richard M. Nixon Multiple Choice Questions

Who became Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned that job?

Richard M. Nixon Short Answer Questions

What did Richard Nixon accomplish while he was Vice President?

President Ronald Reagan

After graduating from college in 1932, Reagan worked as a sports announcer and eventually became the announcer for the Chicago Cubs.

Ronald Reagan Graphic Organizer

Reagan remained in the public eye as an actor in movies and on television. He was also active with the Screen Actors Guild in California as an officer and served as president from 1947 until 1952.

Ronald Reagan Sequence of Challenges

In 1968 he attempted to run for president but did not win the nomination at the Republican convention.

Ronald Reagan Multiple Choice Questions

What subject did Ronald Reagan major in at Eureka College?

Ronald Reagan Short Answer Questions

Ronald Reagan studied economics in college. How did that affect his presidency?

President William Jefferson Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton is better known simply as Bill Clinton or called President Clinton when we see him in the news.

William Jefferson Clinton Graphic Organizer

Both John Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King influenced Bill Clinton. After he met President Kennedy in the Rose Garden of the White House in his senior year of high school, Bill Clinton decided that he wanted someday to be president himself.

William Jefferson Clinton Sequence of Challenges

Bill Clinton returned to Arkansas to teach law at the University of Arkansas. He then was elected attorney general of Arkansas.

William Jefferson Clinton Multiple Choice Questions

Why did Bill Blythe change his name to Bill Clinton?

William Jefferson Clinton Short Answer Questions

Bill Clinton was a lawyer and taught law students. What do you think about him being accused of perjury?

Abe Lincoln

Fill in the blanks about Abraham Lincoln.

Honest Abe's Life

The time in the life of Abe.

Abe Lincoln Word Find

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Mount Rushmore

Explain the significance of each President on Mount Rushmore.

Presidents' Day

Which president declared Presidents' Day an official holiday celebrating both Lincoln and Washington?

Notable Presidents

Match each President to the right description.

The Great Society

Because of the Vietnam War, which was strongly supported by Johnson, the money needed to fund these programs went to the war instead.

The Monroe Doctrine

This was a theory that stated that European powers could not interfere with America's territories.

The New Frontier

This term was initially used by President Kennedy in his acceptance speech for the presidential nomination. Eventually it became the title for his administration's domestic and foreign programs.

The White House

The White House was built between 1792 and 1800 of white painted Aqua sandstone in the late Gorgonian style.

Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt was America's 26th President and one of the most interesting and popular. He is one of the faces on Mt. Rushmore.

Woodrow Wilson

Wilson was the 28th U.S. President and served for two terms. The most significant world event during his time was America entering World War I, caused by Germany attacking U.S. submarines.

President George Washington

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia where his parents were moderately prosperous farmers. When Washington was eleven his father died but when he was sixteen he learned surveying and had his own surveying business when he was seventeen.

George Washington Graphic Organizer

The former colonies were now governed by the Articles of Confederation but leaders recognized that this government was not working well.

George Washington Sequence of Challenges

Even though he could have served longer as president, Washington finally retired from over forty years in public service at the end of his second term as president.

Multiple Choice Questions

In his youth Washington experienced personal tragedy when what happened?

Short Answer Questions

Do some research about Washington's battles against the British while he was Commander of the Continental Army. Select one battle that interests you and write a short report about it.

President John Adams

John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts just outside of Boston where his father earned a living as a farmer and shoemaker. Adams attended local schools and graduated from Harvard College in 1755.

John Adams Graphic Organizer

Adams successfully ran for president in the election of 1796, winning by just three electoral votes. In those days the presidential candidate with the second highest vote became vice president; Thomas Jefferson was Adams' vice president.

John Adams Sequence of Challenges

Adams only interacted with Congress when he needed to pass or veto bills. The French Revolution impacted the young United States and, as a result, Adams increased the U.S. military and approved the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Congress.

Multiple Choice Questions

Adams lost his bid for re-election primarily because of what reason?

Short Answer Questions

Do some research and write a report about the location and geography of the Netherlands. What are some other names for The Netherlands?

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Virginia into a wealthy family, the third of eight children.

President Thomas Jefferson Graphic Organizer

Jefferson returned to Virginia and served as governor during the Revolutionary War. He planned to retire to his plantation at Monticello after being governor but his wife died in 1782 and he lost his companion.

Thomas Jefferson Sequence of Challenges

When Washington retired after two terms as president, Jefferson was a popular candidate and his followers formed the Democratic-Republican Party.

Multiple Choice Questions

Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was a representative to what?

Short Answer Questions

Among his many talents Jefferson was an inventor. Do some research and write a short report about one of Jefferson's inventions.

President James Madison

James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 to a wealthy family in rural Virginia, one of eight children. Madison spent his childhood at the family plantation called Montpelier.

James Madison Graphic Organizer

Once the new government was formed, Madison served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Madison helped write the Bill of Rights, the name given to the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

James Madison Sequence of Challenges

When Thomas Jefferson was elected president in 1800, he appointed Madison as Secretary of State, a position he held for both terms of Jefferson's presidency.

Multiple Choice Questions

The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called what?

Short Answer Questions

John Jay and Alexander Hamilton wrote the Federalist Papers along with James Madison. Do some research and write a short biography on John Jay or Alexander Hamilton.

President James Monroe

James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on April 28, 1758 to an upscale family that owned a plantation.

James Monroe Graphic Organizer

The Continental Congress established the U.S. Constitution and created the U.S. Congress. Monroe was appointed as a U.S. Senator from Virginia and he, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison became very good friends.

James Monroe Sequence of Challenges

In 1794, George Washington appointed Monroe as minister to France. France and Britain were at war with each other; the fledgling U.S. desired to remain neutral yet trade with both countries.

Multiple Choice Questions

Monroe was a representative of the U.S. government in France for who?

Short Answer Questions

In 1803 Thomas Jefferson sent Monroe to France to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. If Monroe did the negotiating, do you think that it's right for history to give Jefferson credit for the Louisiana Purchase? Explain your answer.

President John Quincy Adams

Although the Revolutionary War started when Adams was just nine years old, his father was serving as an American envoy in Europe.

John Quincy Adams Graphic Organizer

Even though Jackson received the greatest popular vote and largest electoral vote, he did not get a majority of the electoral vote that is required to win the presidency.

John Quincy Adams Sequence of Challenges

Adams then served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He suffered a stroke while serving in the House and died on February 23, 1848.

Multiple Choice Questions

In 1824 Adams was selected to be president under which amendment to the Constitution?

Short Answer Questions

At age fourteen Adams was serving as a translator for the American emissary to Russia and living in St. Petersburg, then the capital of Russia. If you could, would you like to do that today?

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 in rural North Carolina. As a teenager Jackson and his brother were couriers in the American Revolutionary War. They were captured by the British.

President Andrew Jackson Graphic Organizer

Jackson moved west to Nashville and he married Rachel Robards in 1791. He served in the state and national Congress and by 1804 he was also a successful cotton farmer.

Andrew Jackson Sequence of Challenges

Jackson first ran for president in the election of 1824, one of four candidates. Although he won the most electoral votes, he did not win the needed majority.

Multiple Choice Questions

Jackson did not become president in 1824 the first time he ran because of what?

Short Answer Questions

As youngsters Andrew Jackson and his brother were couriers for American revolutionaries. Do you think that they were courageous patriots? Explain why or why not.

President Martin Van Buren

Van Buren received his early education at the local school. Next he studied law, passing the bar when he was twenty-one. He practiced law and in 1807 he married Hannah Hoes.

Graphic Organizer

Van Buren became a member of the Democratic-Republican Party and in 1808 he was appointed to county government.

Martin Van Buren Sequence of Challenges

In 1828 Andrew Jackson was elected as president. Members of the Bucktails who supported Jackson joined with other groups in the Democratic-Republican Party who also supported Jackson. They formed the Democratic Party that we know today. In his first term as president Jackson chose Van Buren to be his Secretary of State and then as his vice president the election of 1832.

Multiple Choice Questions

Van Buren's highest level of formal education was not that impressive.

Short Answer Questions

Van Buren wanted to relocate the Seminole Indians from Florida to lands west of the Mississippi River. Do some research and write a short report about what happened between the federal government and the Seminole Indians while Van Buren was president.

President William Harrison

Harrison completed his studies at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia after which he went to Philadelphia to study medicine. Harrison's studies were interrupted when his father died in 1791 and his brothers inherited the family estate.

William Harrison Graphic Organizer

Eventually Harrison became the secretary of the Northwest Territory and later was appointed as governor of the Ohio and Indiana Territories, serving twelve years in that capacity.

William Harrison Sequence of Challenges

Tecumseh, an Indian chief, rallied a group of Indian tribes to fight against Harrison. Harrison fought the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 6, 1811 and defeated the Indians with many casualties on both sides.

Multiple Choice Questions

In Harrison's first military assignment he served as an aide to who?

Short Answer Questions

Harrison studied medicine because his father selected that profession for him. Harrison wanted to join the military which he was able to do after his father died. What would have happened if Harrison had not been able to follow his own dream for himself?

President John Tyler

Since he came from a prestigious family, Tyler attended the preparatory school at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

John Tyler Graphic Organizer

After serving in the War of 1812, Tyler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In the debates over slavery in Congress, Tyler advocated that slavery should be allowed anywhere in the country.

John Tyler Sequence of Challenges

Tyler alienated Congress, his entire cabinet except one resigned and he was expelled from the Whig Party that he helped to found. Tyler ran as a third-party candidate in 1844 but he withdrew from the race and returned to his plantation in Virginia.

Multiple Choice Questions

Tyler was one of the founders of which political party?

President James Polk

At age twenty-one he went to the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1818. Next he studied law in Nashville and passed the bar in 1820.

James Polk Graphic Organizer

In 1823 he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives and in 1825 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

James Polk Sequence of Challenges

After serving in Washington for many years Polk was elected governor of Tennessee but he was defeated in his next two attempts at the governorship in 1841 and 1843.

Multiple Choice Questions

While in Washington D.C. Polk's nickname became "Young Hickory" because ________________

Short Answer Questions

Jefferson doubled the size of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase and Polk expanded the country by another twenty-five percent. Write a short report that explains how the United States acquired the land west of the Mississippi River.

President Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor was born in rural Virginia on November 24, 1784, one of eight children. His family moved to a log cabin in the woods near the site of Louisville, Kentucky and later his father owned a brick home, 10,000 acres of land and twenty-six slaves.

Zachary Taylor Graphic Organizer

Taylor fought with Indian tribes in the Mississippi River region, Florida and Texas. He respected their military skills and tried to keep peace in the territories by making sure settlers and Indians maintained their boundaries and stayed separated.

Zachary Taylor Sequence of Challenges

American military leaders are silent on political matters until they retire. Since Taylor was a war hero with unknown political leanings, both the Whig and Democratic Parties wanted him to consider being their presidential nominee.

Multiple Choice Questions

Taylor became a national hero because of his military success during what?

Short Answer Questions

American military leaders are silent on political matters until they retire. Do some research on General Colin Powell and write a short report about his political career after he retired from the military.

President Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore was born to a very poor family on a farm near Syracuse, New York on January 7, 1800, one of eight children.

Millard Fillmore Graphic Organizer

Fillmore studied ardently on his own. He met nineteen year-old Abigail Powers when he was seventeen and she helped him with his studies.

Fillmore Timeline

Fillmore spent three terms in the New York state legislature where he worked at repealing laws that imprisoned debtors.

More Questions

While in the U.S. House of Representatives Fillmore did what?

Short Answer Questions

Explain what an apprenticeship meant in the 1800s. Do you think young boys had a choice whether or not they wished to become an apprentice?

President Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire on November 23, 1804, one of eight children.

Franklin Pierce Graphic Organizer

After serving in the New Hampshire state legislature Pierce was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1832 where he generally voted along with his Democratic Party.

Franklin Pierce Sequence of Challenges

In 1847 Pierce formed a local militia to fight in the Mexican-American War and requested a military commission from James Polk.

Multiple Choice Questions 1-5

While serving in Congress in Washington Pierce was known for what?

Multiple Choice Questions 6

What overshadowed his Presidency?

Short Answer Questions

Why was it important to the Democratic Party in 1852 that Pierce was proslavery in his beliefs?

President James Buchanan

James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1791, the second of eleven children. Buchanan attended local schools and then left home for Dickinson College when he was sixteen.

James Buchanan Graphic Organizer

Buchanan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving there from 1820 until 1831. Since Buchanan backed Andrew Jackson for the presidency and helped him win the election, Jackson named Buchanan as the U.S. Envoy to Russia.

James Buchanan Sequence of Challenges

Buchanan made three unsuccessful attempts to obtain the Democratic nomination for the presidency. His first attempt was in 1844 but James Polk became the nominee and won the election.

Multiple Choice Questions

While in the Senate Buchanan served what happened?

Short Answer Questions

Buchanan had his own law practice in 1813 when he was just 22 years old. Explain the schooling he needed versus the schooling a lawyer needs today. Do research on the educational requirement to become a lawyer if you don't already know.

President Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on the 12th of February 1809. Just about everyone knows about Lincoln's early life and how he helped his father farm and build log cabins when the family moved to Indiana and then to Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln Graphic Organizer

In 1834 Lincoln ran for the state legislature and won. He was re-elected three more times. He studied law and in 1836 he was eligible to practice law.

Abraham Lincoln Sequence of Challenges

Lincoln rose to national prominence in 1858 when he ran for the U.S. Senate against Stephen Douglas.

Multiple Choice Questions

Lincoln rose to national prominence through his debates with what?

Short Answer Questions

Explain why Lincoln received the lowest percent of popular vote of any president in American history in the election of 1860.

President Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29, 1808. He lost his father when he was just three years old and his mother did remarry.

Andrew Johnson Graphic Organizer

Johnson was elected mayor of his town and then served in the Tennessee state legislature from 1834 until 1843. Next he was elected U.S. Representative, serving until 1853; he lost his seat due to congressional redistricting. Instead of returning to Congress he was elected governor in 1853 and later he was appointed U.S. Senator from Tennessee.

Andrew Johnson Sequence of Challenges

Eventually the Union Army conquered the Tennessee territory. President Lincoln appointed Johnson to be the military governor of the state.

Multiple Choice Questions

Johnson asked President Lincoln to leave his home state of Tennessee from what?

Short Answer Questions

Republican Lincoln chose Democrat Johnson as his vice presidential running mate in 1864. Do you think that today's Republican or Democratic Party would chose someone outside their party to run for vice president? Explain your answer.

President Ulysses Grant

Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Point Pleasant County, Ohio on November 19, 1831, the first of six children.

Ulysses Grant Graphic Organizer

Due to his popularity as a general he was nominated for president in 1868 and won the election.


He then had to deal with The Panic of 1873, a major economic depression brought on in part by the effects of the Civil War.

Multiple Choice

General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox courthouse in what State?

Short Answer Questions

List three major problems that Grant faced during his two terms as president.

President Rutherford Hayes

Rutherford Hayes was born in the town of Delaware, Ohio on October 4, 1822. Unfortunately his father died several months before Hayes was born; his uncle served as his father figure.

Rutherford Hayes Graphic Organizer

Moving to Cincinnati, Hayes specialized in criminal law and served as a public defender for poor offenders. He married a young lady from his hometown, Lucy Webb, in 1852.

Rutherford Hayes Sequence of Challenges

Even though he was away at war local citizens nominated him for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio and he won the election that was held in the fall of 1864.

Multiple Choice Questions

In 1876, Hayes was nominated for the presidency at the Republican National convention on the seventh ballot.

Short Answer Questions

During the Civil War Hayes joined the 23rd Ohio Volunteers. Why were they called Volunteers? If you don't know, do some research on how the American military was organized during the Civil War.

President James Garfield

Already older than other students, Garfield worked part time and attended Geauga Academy in Chester, Ohio. He then advanced to the Eclectic Institute in Hiram, Ohio paying his costs by working as the school janitor.

James Garfield Graphic Organizer

He married Lucretia Rudolf in 1858 who he had met while studying at the Eclectic Institute years before.

James Garfield Sequence of Challenges

In 1880, the Republican national convention delegates could not agree upon a candidate after thirty-three ballots.

Multiple Choice Questions

After receiving his college degree Garfield became president of what?

Short Answer Questions

Why would a private citizen like Garfield assemble a military regiment like the 42nd Ohio Infantry?

President Chester Arthur

His involvement in cases before the New York Supreme Court brought Arthur in touch with state politicians and he made connections that resulted in future political appointments.

Chester Arthur Graphic Organizer

After completing his service Arthur was appointed chief counsel to the New York City Tax Commission in 1867.

Chester Arthur Sequence of Challenges

In the election of 1880, James Garfield was nominated for president as a compromise candidate on the thirty-sixth ballot at the national convention.

Multiple Choice Questions

Chester Arthur never ran for elected office but made political connections by doing what?

Short Answer Questions

Why is it surprising the Arthur supported the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883? Find out more about the act if needed in order to answer this question.

President Grover Cleveland

Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey on March 18, 1837 to a large family where he was the fifth of nine children. After his father died when Cleveland was 16, he and his older brother worked in New York City to support the rest of the family.

Grover Cleveland Graphic Organizer

One of his first public positions was as the assistant district attorney in Erie County, New York. He served as County Sheriff from 1870 until 1873.


In 1884, Cleveland was the Democratic nominee for president and he won the election by one of the narrowest margins in popular vote in American history.

Multiple Choice Questions

As Governor of New York State Cleveland gained national attention because of what?

Short Answer Questions

Why was Cleveland asked to run for Governor of New York State after serving just one year as mayor of Buffalo?

President Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio on August 20, 1833, one of eight children. William Henry Harrison, his paternal grandfather, was the ninth President of the United States.

Benjamin Harrison Graphic Organizer

During the Civil War Harrison mustered volunteers for the Seventieth Indiana Infantry Regiment.

Benjamin Harrison Sequence of Challenges

In 1888 the Republican Party selected him as their nominee on the eighth ballot. While he was not initially the top candidate the convention delegates eventually selected him.

Multiple Choice Questions

When Benjamin Harrison ran against Grover Cleveland in 1888 what happened?

Short Answer Questions

Do you think that Benjamin Harrison ever played at the White House when his grandfather was president? Explain your answer.

President William McKinley

William McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio on January 29, 1843 and he was the seventh of eight children. After attending the local Methodist school he attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania for only one term.

William McKinley Graphic Organizer

After the Civil War, McKinley attended Albany Law School in Albany, New York after which he practiced law in Canton, Ohio beginning in 1867.

William McKinley Sequence of Challenges

In 1896 McKinley became the Republican Party's nominee for president and he ran against Democrat William Jennings Bryant.

Multiple Choice Questions

Using both silver and gold to back U.S. currency was called what?

Short Answer Questions

The U.S. bought the Philippine Islands from Spain in 1898 but they are not part of the U.S. today. Write a short report about America's involvement with the Philippine Islands from 1898 until now.

President Theodore Roosevelt

He was an excellent student. In 1876 he went to Harvard University and right after graduation he published the book "The Naval War of 1812." It became required reading at the United States Naval Academy.

Theodore Roosevelt Graphic Organizer

Roosevelt worked for many years in appointed positions in the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the New York City Police Board.

Theodore Roosevelt Multiple Choice Questions

How did Theodore Roosevelt cope with the death of his wife Alice?

President Theodore Roosevelt Short Answer Questions

Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota. Give two reasons why it is appropriate that Theodore Roosevelt is depicted in this National Monument.

President William Taft

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15, 1857. Taft had five siblings and as a boy he enjoyed playing baseball even though he was overweight.

William Taft Graphic Organizer

In 1904 Taft became President Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War and chief advisor. As Secretary of War, Taft was in charge of constructing the Panama Canal and setting up the government of the Canal Zone.

William Taft Sequence of Challenges

Harding named Taft to the Supreme Court in 1921 and he became Chief Justice, serving the Supreme Court very well. While he was an excellent choice for organizing the Philippines and the Panama Canal and being Chief Justice, historians consider Taft to have been a poor president.

Multiple Choice Questions

When Taft was Secretary of War he was in charge of what?

Short Answer Questions

Taft loved baseball and he started the tradition of the president throwing a ceremonial first pitch at Opening Day in Washington, the All-Star Game or the World Series. Do you think modern presidents should continue that tradition? Explain why or why not.

President Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia on December 28, 1856 and unfortunately he was not healthy as a youngster.

Woodrow Wilson Graphic Organizer

In 1885 Wilson was teaching at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and married Ellen Louise Axson.

Woodrow Wilson Multiple Choice Questions

Who were the presidential candidates in the 1912 election?

Woodrow Wilson Short Answer Questions

Each president comes to office with a unique background in schooling and careers. Woodrow Wilson is the only president to have the highest college degree, a Ph. D. in political science. Do think every president needs a college education? Explain why or why not.

President Warren Harding

Warren Harding was born in Blooming Grove, Ohio on November 2, 1865. He had eight younger brothers and sisters. His childhood was uneventful and as an adult he enjoyed speaking of happy days in a small town.

Warren Harding Graphic Organizer

The Marion newspaper was for sale and in 1884 Harding bought the paper along with two friends. He was pursued by a local divorced woman, Florence (Flossie) DeWolf, five years his senior.

Warren Harding Sequence of Challenges

In 1899 Harding ran for the Ohio state senate and he served two terms. He then resumed his newspaper career and ran without success for governor of Ohio in 1910.

Multiple Choice Questions

Harding's newspaper was favored by Ohio politicians because of what?

Short Answer Questions

In the 1800s teachers colleges accepted young students who had completed the equivalent of eighth grade in their local school. Explain why you do or do not conclude that Ohio Central College was a teachers college.

President Calvin Coolidge

John Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. His father owned a store in the town.

Calvin Coolidge Graphic Organizer

Coolidge was first elected to be county clerk in 1903 and eventually was elected as mayor of Northampton. He married Grace Anna Goodhue in 1905.

Calvin Coolidge Sequence of Challenges

In 1920 Warren G. Harding became the Republican Presidential nominee with Coolidge as the Vice Presidential candidate.

Multiple Choice Questions

When he was Governor of Massachusetts Coolidge stopped the strike by which group?

Short Answer Questions

Herbert Hoover spent about 20 years working outside the United States early in his career. Would you like to work in different places around the world like Hoover did? Explain why or why not.

President Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover was born in 1874 in Iowa. Both of his parents died by the time he was nine years old and he lived with various relatives.

Herbert Hoover Graphic Organizer

In 1917 Wilson asked Hoover to head up the American Food Administration Office which coordinated food supplies for America and European countries during World War I.

Herbert Hoover Sequence of Challenges

Missing another chance at the presidential nomination in 1924, Hoover received recognition by the entire country in 1927 because he used his organizational experience to provide aid and assistance for people impacted by a great flood along the Mississippi River.

Multiple Choice Questions

Herbert Hoover had a good understanding of international affairs because of what?

Short Answer Questions

. Herbert Hoover spent about 20 years working outside the United States early in his career. Would you like to work in different places around the world like Hoover did?

George Washington � The Father of His Country

In May, 1775 the Second Continental Congress chose George Washington to be the commander of the Continental Army. In 1781 Washington's army was finally victorious over the British.

George Washington - A Statesman

George Washington is one of the most important men in the early history of the United States. George Washington is called a statesman. A statesman is a person who has responsibility for government and who is known for wisdom and tolerance.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of ________________ ?

George Washington, The General - Vocabulary Builder

Write the definition of each highlighted word on the following page.

Vocabulary Works

What does each word mean?

The General of Battles

Write the name of the state today where the battle took place and put an X next to the battles led by Washington.

Abe Lincoln Highlights

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, made many important contributions to American history.

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

It's easy to say that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the United States but that isn't the whole truth. The Civil War was fought because southern states seceded from the United States and split the country into two parts. One of the main reasons that these southern states seceded is because they used slaves as laborers on the plantations and wanted to continue to do so.

Young Abraham Lincoln

Write your own story about young Abraham Lincoln's life. Use your history books, the dictionary and other resources answer these questions with a complete sentence.

Lincoln and A House Divided

These next sentences come from Lincoln's famous speech. Explain what each sentence means as Lincoln compares the condition of the United States to the condition of a house.

Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address

One of the worst battles of the Civil War occurred in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863. Over 50,000 men were killed in this battle. Abraham Lincoln went to Gettysburg when the cemetery for the soldiers was dedicated.