US Presidents in Chronological Order and Their Wars

a table compiled in an evening of looking things up
intermittently elaborated and updated thereafter
by Laurie Spiegel

#Name LivedHeld Office War(s)
- - - - King Philip's War (1675)
- - - - King William's War (1689-1697)
- - - - Queen Anne's War (1702-1713)
- - - - Yamasee War (1715-16)
(South Carolina Yamasee Tribe)
- - - - King George's War (1744-1748)
- - - - French and Indian Wars (1754-1763)
1Washington, George 1732-17991789-1797 Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
2Adams, John 1735-18261797-1801 -
3Jefferson, Thomas 1743-18261801-1809 Tripolitan War (1801-1805)
against Tripoli (now in Libya)
4Madison, James 1751-18361809-1817 War of 1812
the Creek War (1813-14)
5Monroe, James 1758-18311817-1825 Indian Wars of 1817-1821
First Seminole War (1817-18)
Monroe Doctrine (1823)
6Adams, John Quincy 1767-18481825-1829 -
7Jackson, Andrew
"Old Hickory"
1767-18451829-1837 Black Hawk War (1832)
Second Seminole War (1835-42)
8Van Buren, Martin 1782-18621837-1841 -
9Harrison, William Henry* 1773-18411841 -
10*Tyler, John 1790-18621841-1845 -
11Polk, James Knox 1795-18491845-1849 Mexican War (1846-1848)
12*Taylor, Zachary
"Old Rough and Ready"
1784-18501849-1850 -
13*Fillmore, Millard 1800-18741850-1853 -
14Pierce, Franklin 1804-18691853-1857 Third Seminole War (1855-58)
15Buchanan, James 1791-18681857-1861 -
16Lincoln, Abraham* 1809-18651861-1865 Civil War (1861-65)
17*Johnson, Andrew 1808-18751865-1869 -
18Grant, Ulysses Simpson (Hiram Ulysses) 1822-18851869-1877 Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876)
19Hayes, Rutherford Birchard 1822-18931877-1881 -
20Garfield, James Abram* 1831-18811881 -
21*Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-18861881-1885 -
22Cleveland, (Stephen) Grover 1837-19081885-1889 Apache Wars against Geronimo (1876-1886)
23Harrison 2, Benjamin 1833-19011889-1893 1st Pan-American Conference (1889)
24Cleveland, (Stephen) Grover 1837-19081893-1897 -
25McKinley, William* 1843-19011897-1901 Spanish-American War (1898)
26*Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-19191901-1909 Awareded 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in Russo-Japanese War
27Taft, William Howard 1857-19301909-1913 -
28Wilson, (Thomas) Woodrow 1856-19241913-1921 World War I (1914-1918)
League of Nations
Awarded 1919 Nobel Peace Prize
29Harding, Warren Gamaliel* 1865-19231921-1923 -
30*Coolidge, (John) Calvin 1872-19331923-1929 -
31Hoover, Herbert Clark 1874-19641929-1933 -
32Roosevelt, Franklin Delano* 1882-19451933-1945 World War II (1939-1945)
33*Truman, Harry S. 1884-19721945-1953 atomic bombing of Japan (1945)
Cold War with Soviet Union
United Nations, Marshall Plan (1948)
NATO (1949)
Korean War (1950-1953)
34Eisenhower, Dwight David
"Ike"
1890-19691953-1961 Cold War with Soviet Union continues
35Kennedy, John Fitzgerald* 1917-19631961-1963 established Peace Corps (1961)
Bay of Pigs incident
36*Johnson, Lyndon Baines 1908-19731963-1969 escalated involvement in Vietnam War (1954-1975)
37Nixon, Richard Milhous** 1913-19941969-1974 "War on Drugs" (1971)
visited China (1972)
détente with U.S.S.R.
eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Southeast Asia
38**Ford, Gerald Rudolph. 1913-1974-1977 -
39Carter, James Earl, Jr. "Jimmy." 1924- 1977-1981 Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel (1979)
40Reagan, Ronald Wilson 1911-1981-1989 military involvements in Grenada, Central America, Lebanon, Libya
Cold War subsides (Glasnost with U.S.S.R.)
41Bush, George Herbert Walker 1924-1989-1993 Persian Gulf War I with Iraq (1990)
42Clinton, William Jefferson "Bill" 1946-1993-2001 Persian Gulf War II with Iraq (1999)
Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO...
43Bush, George W. "Dubya" 1946-2001-2009 Afgan War against the Talliban and Al Qaeda (2001...)
Iraqi Invasion and Occupation (2003...)
"War on Terror"
44Obama, Barack Hussein II 1961-2009- "Pashtunistan - Waziristan War"
or (as I also choose to call it) "The War Across the Durand Line",
continuing legacy of all G. W. Bush Administration wars.
Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Use of asterisks (*):
name* died in office
*name replaced preceding President who died
name** left office before completion of term
**name replaced preceding living President

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