U.S. Presidents, 1789-1850

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

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Zachary Taylor

1849-1850

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"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe." (September 28, 1846)
James K. Polk

1845-1849

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"There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress ... than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S." (December 16, 1846)
John Tyler

1841-1845

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"Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality." (December 7, 1841)
William Henry Harrison

1841

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"I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free." (September 27, 1829)
Martin Van Buren

1837-1841

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"No evil can result from its [slavery's] inhibition more pernicious than its toleration." (January 4, 1820)
Andrew Jackson

1829-1837

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"One man with courage makes a majority." (1832)
John Quincy Adams

1825-1829

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"In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will or any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do." (July 30, 1838)
James Monroe

1817-1825

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The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals." (November 16, 1818)
James Madison

1809-1817

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"A public debt is a public curse." (April 13, 1790)
Thomas Jefferson

1801-1809

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"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." (June 14, 1807)
John Adams

1797-1801

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"It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power." (1788)
George Washington

1789-1797

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"The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government." (September 17, 1796)

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

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