Biographies of American Politicians

Selected biographies of American politicians from Thomas Jefferson to Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Founding Father and principal author of The Declaration of Independence (1776). Third President of the US, Jefferson helped to expand the territory of the US through the Louisiana Declaration(1803).

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the US from 1861-1865. He led the Union forces during the American civil war. Lincoln led the north to victory preserving the Union and passing a bill to abolish legal slavery.

Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924) US president. Wilson was President during the First World War. His idealistic 14 points formed the basis for the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.

theodore_roosevelt-150Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) President (1901-09) Roosevelt was a leading political figure of the Progressive Era – fighting corruption and the power of monopoly trusts. As President, he challenged corruption and monopoly power. He also created the first American Natural Parks and pursued a more activist US foreign policy, building up the navy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) – US President 1932 – 1945. The longest-serving US President, Roosevelt came to power during the crisis of the 1932 recession. He expanded the federal government to deal with the crisis and oversaw the US entry into the Second World War.

Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) – US President 1963-69. Johnson took over from the assassinated JFK. He expanded America’s role in Vietnam. Domestically he introduced civil rights legislation.

Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) – US President (1980 – 1988) Reagan sought to roll back the frontiers of the state and pursued an aggressive anti-Communist foreign policy.

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) US President. Elected in 1960, Kennedy was seen as a young dynamic President who offered a new hope to the US and the world. He played a role in diffusing the Cuban missile crisis and the threat of nuclear war.

Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) – American civil rights campaigner. Martin Luther King led the non-violent civil rights movement. His powerful oratory helped to lay the foundations for sweeping change and an end to the segregation in the Deep South.

donald_trumpDonald Trump (1946 – ) US business magnate, investor, television personality and 45th president of the US.

Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez_Official_PortraitAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1989 – ) Democratic Congresswomen. Parents are of Puerto Rican heritage. She became the youngest women to be elected to Congress at the age of 29 in 2018. She is a leading voice for progressive, socialist policies.

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George_Washington-100People of the American Revolution – Leading figures in the American Revolution. Includes military leaders, philosophers, British protagonists and ordinary people. List includes; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George III and Benjamin Franklin.

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