Presidential Bios

George Washington, 1789-1797

washingtonWashington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Related Reading:
The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution by Richard Beeman (ed.)
Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley


John Adams, 1797-1801


John Adams by David McCullough




Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809


Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham




James Madison, 1809-1817

James Monroe, 1817-1825

John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837

Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841

William Henry Harrison, 1841-1841

John Tyler, 1841-1845

James K. Polk, 1845-1849

Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850

Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853

Related Reading:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (fiction)

Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857

James Buchanan, 1857-1861

Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865

Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869

Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877

Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881

James A. Garfield, 1881-1881

Chester A. Arthur, 1881-1885

Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 & 1893-1897

Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893

William McKinley, 1897-1901

Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909

Related Reading:
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

William Howard Taft, 1909-1913

Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921

Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923

Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929

Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945

Related Reading:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953

Related Reading:
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961

John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963

Related Reading:
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
The Autobiography of Malcolm X  by Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969

Related Reading:
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

Richard Nixon, 1969-1974

Gerald Ford, 1974-1977

Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981

Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989

George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993

Bill Clinton, 1993-2001

Related Reading:
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

George W. Bush, 2001-2009

Barack Obama, 2009-2017

Related Reading:
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (fiction)
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


Related Reading:
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Nasty Women by Laura Jones & Heather McDaid, eds.