U.S. Presidents, 1889-1953

PRESIDENTS: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

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Harry Truman

1945-1953

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"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." (January 8, 1947)

"International relations have traditionally been compared to a chess game in which each nation tries to outwit and checkmate the other." (March 3, 1947)
Franklin Roosevelt

1933-1945

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"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." (December 8, 1941)
Herbert Hoover

1929-1933

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"We have learned that social injustice is the destruction of justice itself." (1922)

"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die." (June 27, 1944)
Calvin Coolidge

1923-1929

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"The more I study it [the Constitution], the more I have come to admire it, realizing that no other document devised by the hand of man ever brought so much progress and happiness to humanity." (1929)

"It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion" (1929)
Warren Harding

1921-1923

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"In the great fulfillment we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation." (June 7, 1916)

"America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration" (May 14, 1920)
Woodrow Wilson

1913-1921

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"Every people has a right to choose the sovereignty under which they shall live." (May 27, 1916)

"It must be a peace without victory.... Only a peace between equals can last." (January 22, 1917)
William Taft

1909-1913

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"We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement." (1916)

"Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America." (1920)
Theodore Roosevelt

1901-1909

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"There is a homely adage which runs, speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far." (September 2, 1901)

"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor." (December 7, 1903)
William McKinley

1897-1901

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"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed." (March 4, 1897)

"That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime — to set an example — and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history." (December 29, 1899)
Grover Cleveland

1893-1897

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"A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out."

"Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust."
Benjamin Harrison

1889-1893

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"Where the children of rich and poor mingle together on the play ground and in the school room, there is produced a unity of feeling and a popular love for public institutions that can be brought about in no other way." (May 9, 1891)

PRESIDENTS: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

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