U.S. Presidents Part 1

U.S. Presidents Part 1


As America prepares to elect its 45th President,
this is Epic History TV’s guide to the first 44 Presidents. George Washington – hero of the Revolutionary
War and America’s first president, twice elected unanimously by the Electoral College. He steered America on a course of neutrality,
and stepped down after two terms. John Adams – lawyer, diplomat and intellectual,
he’d been one of the leading voices in the call for American independence. He avoided all-out war with France, was the
first President to live in the White House, and the first to lose an election. Thomas Jefferson – chief author of the Declaration
of Independence. He was a fierce defender of individual liberty,
though like several early Presidents, himself owned slaves. He opposed Federalism and strong central government,
but doubled America’s size by buying 800,000 square miles of territory from France. James Madison – at 5 foot 4, America’s shortest
President, but a towering figure in the fight to pass the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. As President, he was forced to fight another
war against Great Britain, to uphold America’s rights at sea. James Monroe – the last President who was
also a Founding Father. He warned Europe not to meddle in American
affairs, while promising the US would not interfere in Europe’s affairs. He passed legislation to restrict slavery
to existing slave-states, and new territories south of the Missouri Compromise line. He also supported the colonisation of Liberia
by free African-Americans, which is why its capital, Monrovia, is named after him. John Quincy Adams – son of John Adams, America’s
second President. A brilliant diplomat who prioritised economic
development, while paying off most of America’s national debt. Andrew Jackson – a no-nonsense soldier,
hero of the War of 1812, and founder of the Democratic Party. Once wounded in a duel, his authoritarian
style caused his opponents, the Whigs, to brand him a dictator. He began a policy of forced relocation of
Native American tribes to west of the Mississippi River. Martin Van Buren – the first President born
in an independent United States. Son of an innkeeper, he spoke Dutch at home. His presidency was dominated by America’s
first major financial crash. He served one term, then lost three subsequent
bids for re-election. William Henry Harrison – a soldier who spent
most of his career fighting Native Americans. He gave the longest inaugural speech in history,
but served the shortest time in office – 30 days after his speech he died of pneumonia
– the first President to die in office. John Tyler – the first Vice President to
become President following the death of his predecessor. Expelled from his own party, the Whigs, for
vetoing their bills, which he believed to contravene states’ rights. James K Polk – a firm believer in westward
expansion, he signed the law admitting Texas to the Union, and provoked a war with Mexico,
resulting in the acquisition of half a million square miles of North America, including California,
Nevada and Utah. He also negotiated the division of Oregon
with the British. Zachary Taylor – career soldier, hero of
the Mexican War, had never voted before and held no firm political beliefs. With tensions rising between slave-owning
and free states, he threatened to hang Southern secessionists, but died suddenly of a stomach
illness. Millard Fillmore – born in a log cabin,
the last Whig President. He supported an uneasy compromise between
free and slave states, which was to prove short-lived. Franklin Pierce – took office shortly after
he and his wife witnessed the violent death of their 11 year old son, a trauma that likely
left them both suffering from depression. He hastened the slide towards civil war by
allowing brutal violence to engulf Kansas, where pro and anti-slavery settlers fought
for control of the territory. James Buchanan – his attempts to mediate
between Northern free states and Southern slave states failed abjectly, leading the
Democrat Party to split, and the Southern states to leave the Union. Abraham Lincoln – America’s first Republican
president, he led the North to victory in the Civil War, and freed all southern slaves
by executive order. He was the first president to be assassinated,
shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Andrew Johnson – a Southerner born into
poverty, he sided with the Union during the Civil War. But after the war, he blocked Congress’s attempts
to impose reforms on the south. This led to his impeachment, though he was
acquitted in the Senate by one vote. Ulysses S Grant – Union hero of the Civil
War, he used the military to enforce reconstruction of former slave states, and protect those
targeted by white supremacist violence in the south. His presidency also saw war against Native
Americans, in the Great Plains. Rutherford B Hayes – won the most disputed,
corrupt and violent presidential election in US history. He sought to heal the wounds left by the Civil
War and Reconstruction, but by withdrawing federal troops from the south, allowed white
supremacists to regain power. James A Garfield – took on corruption in
the Senate and civil service, with some success, but was shot by an embittered lawyer just
four months into his first term, and died of his wounds. Chester Arthur – son of an Irish Baptist
preacher. Against expectation, he proved above political
faction, and continued Garfield’s work of reforming government bureaucracy. Grover Cleveland – the first Democrat President
since the Civil War, and the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. He used the presidential veto with gusto,
blocking measures he thought were beyond the remit of federal government – even pensions
for civil war veterans, and subsidies for destitute farmers. Look out for Part 2 of US Presidents, where
we continue with America’s 23rd President. As America prepares to elect its 45th President,
this is Epic History TV’s guide to the first 44 Presidents. George Washington – hero of the Revolutionary
War and America’s first president, twice elected unanimously by the Electoral College. He steered
America on a course of neutrality, and stepped down after two terms. John Adams – lawyer, diplomat and intellectual,
he’d been one of the leading voices in the call for American independence. He avoided
all-out war with France, was the first President to live in the White House, and the first
to lose an election. Thomas Jefferson – chief author of the Declaration
of Independence. He was a fierce defender of individual liberty, though like several
early Presidents, himself owned slaves. He opposed Federalism and strong central government,
but doubled America’s size by buying 800,000 square miles of territory from France. James Madison – at 5 foot 4, America’s shortest
President, but a towering figure in the fight to pass the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
As President, he was forced to fight another war against Great Britain, to uphold America’s
rights at sea. James Monroe – the last President who was
also a Founding Father. He warned Europe not to meddle in American affairs, while promising
the US would not interfere in Europe’s affairs. He passed legislation to restrict slavery
to existing slave-states, and new territories south of the Missouri Compromise line. He
also supported the colonisation of Liberia by free African-Americans, which is why its
capital, Monrovia, is named after him. John Quincy Adams – son of John Adams, America’s
second President. A brilliant diplomat who prioritised economic development, while paying
off most of America’s national debt. Andrew Jackson – a no-nonsense soldier,
hero of the War of 1812, and founder of the Democratic Party. Once wounded in a duel,
his authoritarian style caused his opponents, the Whigs, to brand him a dictator. He began
a policy of forced relocation of Native American tribes to west of the Mississippi River. Martin Van Buren – the first President born
in an independent United States. Son of an innkeeper, he spoke Dutch at home. His presidency
was dominated by America’s first major financial crash. He served one term, then lost three
subsequent bids for re-election. William Henry Harrison – a soldier who spent
most of his career fighting Native Americans. He gave the longest inaugural speech in history,
but served the shortest time in office – 30 days after his speech he died of pneumonia
– the first President to die in office. John Tyler – the first Vice President to
become President following the death of his predecessor. Expelled from his own party,
the Whigs, for vetoing their bills, which he believed to contravene states’ rights. James K Polk – a firm believer in westward
expansion, he signed the law admitting Texas to the Union, and provoked a war with Mexico,
resulting in the acquisition of half a million square miles of North America, including California,
Nevada and Utah. He also negotiated the division of Oregon with the British. Zachary Taylor – career soldier, hero of
the Mexican War, had never voted before and held no firm political beliefs. With tensions
rising between slave-owning and free states, he threatened to hang Southern secessionists,
but died suddenly of a stomach illness. Millard Fillmore – born in a log cabin,
the last Whig President. He supported an uneasy compromise between free and slave states,
which was to prove short-lived. Franklin Pierce – took office shortly after
he and his wife witnessed the violent death of their 11 year old son, a trauma that likely
left them both suffering from depression. He hastened the slide towards civil war by
allowing brutal violence to engulf Kansas, where pro and anti-slavery settlers fought
for control of the territory. James Buchanan – his attempts to mediate
between Northern free states and Southern slave states failed abjectly, leading the
Democrat Party to split, and the Southern states to leave the Union. Abraham Lincoln – America’s first Republican
president, he led the North to victory in the Civil War, and freed all southern slaves
by executive order. He was the first president to be assassinated, shot and killed by John
Wilkes Booth, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Andrew Johnson – a Southerner born into
poverty, he sided with the Union during the Civil War. But after the war, he blocked Congress’s
attempts to impose reforms on the south. This led to his impeachment, though he was acquitted
in the Senate by one vote. Ulysses S Grant – Union hero of the Civil
War, he used the military to enforce reconstruction of former slave states, and protect those
targeted by white supremacist violence in the south. His presidency also saw war against
Native Americans, in the Great Plains. Rutherford B Hayes – won the most disputed,
corrupt and violent presidential election in US history. He sought to heal the wounds
left by the Civil War and Reconstruction, but by withdrawing federal troops from the
south, allowed white supremacists to regain power. James A Garfield – took on corruption in
the Senate and civil service, with some success, but was shot by an embittered lawyer just
four months into his first term, and died of his wounds. Chester Arthur – son of an Irish Baptist
preacher. Against expectation, he proved above political faction, and continued Garfield’s
work of reforming government bureaucracy. Grover Cleveland – the first Democrat President
since the Civil War, and the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. He used
the presidential veto with gusto, blocking measures he thought were beyond the remit
of federal government – even pensions for civil war veterans, and subsidies for destitute
farmers. Look out for Part 2 of US Presidents, where
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100 thoughts on “U.S. Presidents Part 1

  1. so do excuse my TRIGGER FINGER AND THE RIGHT MIDDLE FINGER >IM SORRY AND THAT DOUBLE RR IS ROES .. NOT THE REALRR

  2. If you think Trump was the best president of the United States then even god can’t tell you how dumb you are

  3. 5:50: omg the emancipation proclamation didn’t free the slaves. The thirteenth amendment did. I would also add that he expanded the executive’s power

  4. hussein Executive Order — Facilitation of a Presidential Transition – May 6, 2016

    WHY hussein sign this executive order in 2016?

    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/06/executive-order-facilitation-presidential-transition

  5. Harsh ranking of John Tyler imo. If you look closely at the Oath of Office, he upheld it to the letter. Vetoed legislation that was favored by his own party due to it being unconstitutional. A lot of the recent presidents could do well to follow his example

  6. Lots of these presidents are later forgotten in American history, I'm guessing some or most of them had a short presidency or maybe they weren't that important in the system.

    [Edit]
    If Abraham Lincoln haven't freed the slaves.. Would you have think he would still be popular?

  7. Nice. If it is not prohibitively expensive, fix the factual errors (people point out who was born where in the comments). Someone pointed out the error about Giteau, good catch. Embittered, yes, but attorney, not so much. Also, Charles Giteau shot Garfield, but certainly not fatally. Garfield's doctor was arrogant, socially prominent and treated sterile medical treatment as an unproven theory. The massive infection found post-mortem was conclusive as to cause of death – very tragic. Anyway, fix up the details and this would be so awesome for ESL and students finishing up a GED to get a better job. Good work!

  8. 1. George Washington
    2. Abraham Lincoln
    3. FDR
    4. James Madison
    5. Thomas Jefferson
    6. James Monroe
    7. Andrew Jackson
    8. James K. Polk
    9. John F. Kennedy
    10. Ronald Reagan

  9. Abraham Lincoln was not born in Illinois he was born in southern Kentucky actually just to get that off my chest but he was really born in southern Kentucky In Monroe County his birth information was burned in the old courthouse during the civil war

  10. George Washington would've HATED TRUMP AND MELANIA….there racist, self centered, jealous, with rotted traits.

  11. No wonder the USA is a war monger nation, most of it's history is civil war based. Fighting and conquering other states.

  12. The United States of America. Mt. Oliver.The Place of Christopher Columbus.
    George Washington. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.(!The Indian valley of The Monongahela!) Lands of The Earth Capitol, ||The Fairy City of Old Oakland.| Our Navigation to The garden of paradise Earth.

  13. funny, there were 7 before Washington that you seem to have missed.
    the first person addressed 'President of the United States of America' was John Hanson, the proof is a letter addressed to Hanson ..from George Washington. this was in answer to a congratulatory letter from President Hanson on a successful action by General Washington.
    time you lot learned your unrevised history.

  14. funny, there were 7 before Washington that you seem to have missed.
    the first person addressed 'President of the United States of America' was John Hanson, the proof is a letter addressed to Hanson ..from George Washington. this was in answer to a congratulatory letter from President Hanson on a successful action by General Washington.
    time you lot learned your unrevised history.

  15. The number one, two, three and four are fold. It is: 1Abraham Lincoln 2 Franklin.D.Roosevelt 3 George Washington and 4 Theodore Roosevelt.

  16. that narrator sucks. please where is the "original" narrator. with that professional voice, intonation and clarity. #returnourbelovednarrator

  17. Lincoln and Grant have to be the greatest two American Presidents. Lincoln was bold in preserving the union and stood his ground on freeing the slaves when it was unpopular, while Grant held lincoln in such high regard that he continued his legacy as much as he could as president.

  18. The rankings in this video are, of course, entirely subjective and intended to provoke interest and debate.They're not made up by me, they're taken from the 2010 survey by the Siena College Research Institute. You can find out more about it here: https://scri.siena.edu/us-presidents-study/ "Previous SCRI surveys of U.S. Presidents have been reported in Presidential Studies Quarterly, The New York Times, Washington Post, recent scholarly reviews of the presidents, and national news networks." You can also see their new rankings based on the 2018 survey…

  19. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union, abolished slavery, and got shot to death because he was planning on giving the right to vote to the newly freed black man. Yet, he only gets ranked #3 here. Every other poll I've seen, he's #1.

  20. Wow, why don't you just call it "Everything bad I could think of about the first American presidents…" Hey, you know we became (and still could be considered) the most powerful country the world has ever seen? You try to repaint our history like these are just a bunch of bumbling fools…why don't you tell history from a fair perspective and not just go down the bad news list…It's clear you watch (or are a part of) the Fake News of our day.

  21. Madison started the 1812 War thinking the war against Britain would be easy as the Brits were fighting Napoleon and he would be popular so as to get re-elected. However, the Brits won and even burnt Washington in revenge of America trashing York (now Toronto).

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