This page lists elected presidents and presidential candidates for the elections from 1972-2020.
Richard Milhous Nixon
January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994
Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. He had previously been a senator from California and vice-President under President Eisenhower. He is remembered mostly as being the first President to resign from office.
Gerald Ford Jr.
July 14, 1913- December 26, 2006
Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974-1977. He is the only person who had been both vice-President and President without being elected to either office.
October 1, 1924 - Still Alive
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, serving from 1977-1981. He had previously been a graduate of the US Naval Academy, governor of Georgia as well as a peanut farmer. He is remembered as mostly being responsible for pardoning draft dodgers, creating the Departments of Energy and Education, allowing Iran to fall to the Ayatollahs, giving away the Panama Canal, stagflation, car gasoline shortages and giving what was later known as the "Malaise speech" where he basically complained about the American people on television for an hour.
February 6, 1911- June 5, 2004
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981-1989. He had previously been a prominent actor and then governor of California. He is remembered for restoring American confidence following the disasterous Carter years, strongly improving the economy, bringing about the collapse of the Soviet Union and defeating communism.
George Herbert Walker Bush
June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018
George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. He had previously been the Director of the CIA and vice-President under Ronald Reagan. During his presidency he launched the Persian Gulf War to drive Iraq out of Kuwait and raised taxes despite his pledge not to do so when he was running for office. He is remembered mostly as a one-term president who's son George W. Bush would also serve as president a decade after him.
August 19,1946- Still Alive
Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993-2001. He had previously been governor of Arkansas. He is remembered for having presided over a generally peaceful period following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the defeat of communism by his predecessors. He oversaw the outsourcing of most of American industry abroad and was impeached but not removed from office for lying about his sexual escapades.
George W. Bush
July 6, 1946- Still Alive
George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001-2009. He had previously been governor of Texas. He is remembered primarily for his handling of the responses surrounded many disasters, including the 9/11 attacks, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Hurricane Katrina, and the world financial collapse in 2008.
August 4, 1961- Still Alive
Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States, serving from 2009-2016. He had previously been state senator from Illinois. He is remembered for being the first African-American President of the United States, passing a healthcare program nicknamed "Obamacare", and winning the Nobel Prize in 2009.
Donald J. Trump
June 14, 1946 - Still Alive
Donald J. Trump is the 45th President fo the United States, serving from 2016-2020. He had previously had no political experience prior to becoming president but had a long career in real estate especially in the New York/New Jersey area.
Joseph R. Biden Jr
November 20, 1942 - Still Alive
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States, serving from 2020. He had previously been senator from from Delaware and Vice President under President Barack Obama from 2009-2016. He is currently the oldest President to serve in the office and the first to have a female Vice President.
July 19, 1922- October 21, 2012
George Mcgovern was a fervently anti-Vietnam war senator from South Dakota and the Democratic candidate who ran against Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He won 1 state (Massachusetts) and the District of Columbia. He did not win his own home state.
January 5, 1928- April 19, 2021
Walter Mondale was vice-President under Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981 and then Senator from Minnesota. He ran against incumbent President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He won 1 state (Minnesota, his home state) and the District of Columbia.
November 3, 1933- Still Alive
Michael Dukakis was the longest serving governor in the history of the state of Massachucestts. He was the Democratic party candidate who ran against and lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988. His campaign was marked by a series of serious mistakes including looking silly while riding in a tank and saying on national television that he would be unwilling to kill a rapist even if that man had assaulted his own wife.
June 27,1930- July 9, 2019
Ross Perot was an businessman who ran as an independent candidate in the 1992 election and as a candidate for the Reform Party in the 1996 election. He is famously remembered for buying time on television to outline his platform and ideas in a sort of infomercial format. He is considered to have siphened enough votes from the Republican candidate in both elections and thus gave an edge to the election and reelection of the Democratic candidate, both times Bill Clinton.
July 22, 1923- December 5, 2021
Bob Dole was the Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996. He ran against and lost to Bill Clinton in the 1996 election.
March 31 1948- Still Alive
Al Gore was Senator from Tennessee and vice-President under Bill Clinton. He ran for President against George W. Bush in 2000 but lost despite an extremely close margin of votes as well as lawsuits that had to be decided in the Supreme Court. He is also an environmentalist who has predicted that climate change would render the Arctic free of ice sometime between 2015-2017.
December 11, 1943- Still Alive
John Kerry was Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013 and the second Secretary of State of President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. In 2004 he unsuccesfully ran to unseat President George W. Bush from office but was unable to do so. He is mostly remembered for his over the top anti-Vietnam war activism and marrying the Heinz Ketchup heiress.
August 29, 1936- August 25, 2018
John McCain was the Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He was the Republican candidate for President in the 2008 election which he lost to Barack Obama.
March 12, 1947-Still Alive
Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and the current Senator from Utah since 2019. He was the unenthusiastic Republican candidate who ran against and lost to Barack Obama in 2012.
October 26, 1947-Still Alive
Hillary Clinton is the former First Lady of the United States, Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 and then President Obama's first Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. While she was widely predicted to win election as the first female President in 2016, when election day happened she actually lost to businessman and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump. His election and her dramatic loss has been considered by some to be one of the greater political upsets in US electoral history, comparible to Truman's reelection in 1948.