American Presidents

George Washington created history when he became the first President of the United States after the nation’s independence from British colonial. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States he was much admired for his strong leadership qualities. Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is consistently ranked as one of the most successful U.S. Presidents by historians. Abraham Lincoln, another highly ranked U.S. President, led the nation through its Civil War, abolished slavery, modernized the economy and strengthened the federal government. Theodore Roosevelt, who came to presidency at age 42, following the assassination of President McKinley in September 1901 became the youngest U.S. President in history. A highly respected leader of the nation, he was also the recipient of the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. Warren Harding, one of the most popular presidents in history at the time of his death, later came to be rated among the worst in the historical rankings of the U.S. presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush are among the 20th century American Presidents. Barack Obama, who became the president in 2009 is the first African American to hold the office. This section provides you information about the life and works of American presidents.

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama
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Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has the distinction of being the first African-American president of the nation. A civil rights attorney and an academic, he has been credited with bringing about a significant improvement in America’s reputation abroad. His efforts to strengthen international diplomacy was recognized with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

 2 Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan
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Famous As: 40th U.S. President
Birthdate: February 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2004

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

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 3 George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush
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Famous As: 41st U.S. President
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

 4 George W. Bush

George W. Bush
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Famous As: 43rd U.S. President
Birthdate: July 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush served two consecutive term in the top office beginning 2001 and led his country post the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He later ordered the invasion of Iraq. Before this, he was twice elected as the governor of Texas and had even helped his father, George H. W. Bush—the 41st president, in his presidential campaigns.

 5 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 6 George Washington

George Washington
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Famous As: First U.S. President
Birthdate: February 22, 1732
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1799

America’s first president, George Washington led the country with integrity, firmness and prudence that made him one of the greatest presidents in American history. He became a national hero before assuming presidency, when he led the Continental Army to victory against the British during the American Revolution.

 7 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1945
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 8 F D Roosevelt

F D Roosevelt
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Famous As: 32nd President of the United States
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1945

F D Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States and was in the office from 1933 to1945. Qualified as a lawyer, he entered politics as an ambitious young man, inspired by his relative Theodore Roosevelt, a fellow politician. F D Roosevelt had an illustrious political career and is rated by scholars among the nation's greatest presidents.

 9 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
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Famous As: 3rd U.S. President
Birthdate: April 13, 1743
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1826

The 2nd Vice President and the 3rd President of America, Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers of USA and the principal draftsman of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was a staunch advocate of democracy and a strong believer of individual rights and religious freedom, despite the fact that he himself owned nearly 600 slaves.

 10 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Famous As: 34th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 14, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 1969

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower held office from 1953 to 1961. An army officer During World War II, he was part of many successful operations. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and his two terms as president saw widespread economic prosperity in USA. He is ranked high among American presidents.

 11 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
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Famous As: 26th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 6, 1919

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents of the country. A man of many talents, he was a politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He supported  Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies.

 12 Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford
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Famous As: President of the USA
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

 13 Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson
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Famous As: 36th President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 22, 1973

The era of Lyndon B Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, saw the passage of many important laws pertaining to civil rights, gun control and social security.  Also, his ‘war on poverty’ helped millions to rise above the poverty line. However, he was criticised for the escalation of the Vietnam War.

 14 John Adams

John Adams
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Famous As: 2nd U.S. President
Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1826

One of the Founding Fathers of America, John Adams was a statesman, attorney, and diplomat who served as the second president of the United States. He was a principal leader of the American Revolution. As a lawyer, he was devoted to the right to counsel and presumption of innocence. His administration has been favorably ranked by historians and scholars.

 15 Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
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Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Bill Cinton was the 42nd president of the United States who served for two terms from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president in the American history and presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The second-term of his presidency was rocked by the infamous Monica Lewinsky sex-scandal for which he was impeached and later acquitted.

 16 Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
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Famous As: 18th U.S. President
Birthdate: April 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1885

The 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant held office from 1869 to 1877. He led the Union Army as Commanding General of the United States Army during the American Civil War and was a war hero. As president, he stabilized the post-war national economy and created the Department of Justice. Historians generally recognize his presidential accomplishments.

 17 Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover
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Famous As: 31st U.S. President
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 1964

The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, was sworn into the office in 1929, the year the Great Depression struck the American economy. Earlier, Hoover was a successful mining engineer and had earned a reputation of a humanitarian who fed numerous Europeans during and after WWI. His policies during the depression, though, could not provide relief to people.

 18 Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson
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Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 19 James Madison

James Madison
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Famous As: 4th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 16, 1751
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 28, 1836

James Madison played an important role in drafting the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights and is hailed as the Father of the Constitution. He also co-wrote The Federalist Papers, considered to be a seminal work of political science. As president, he led the country into the 1812 war and historians place him as an above-average president.

 20 Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson - 17 President of the United States of America From April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869
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Famous As: 17th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 29, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 1875

The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency while serving as the vice president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Born in poverty, Andrew Johnson did not attend school. However, he worked his way up to become a prominent politician—an inspiring story indeed!

 21 James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: November 19, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 1881

The 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield began his career as an attorney. Born into poverty, he struggled throughout his childhood and youth to become a respected lawyer. He eventually entered politics and rose through the ranks to be elected the president. Unfortunately, he was assassinated less than seven months after he took office.

 22 Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding
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Famous As: President of the U.S
Birthdate: November 2, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: August 2, 1923

The 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding assumed office in 1921 shortly after the end of WWI and became very popular. He died in 1923 while still in office. Later, various scandals that occured during his presidency were uncovered and his image suffered a serious setback. His presidency is today ranked amongst the worst in the American history.

 23 William McKinley

William McKinley
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: January 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 14, 1901

The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley led America to victory in the Spanish-American War. During his presidency, he played a major role in promoting American industry by raising protective tariffs, which in turn boosted the country's economic growth. He also played a key role in the American Civil War.

 24 William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1930

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

 25 Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: July 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1933

The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge started his career as a lawyer before becoming an influential American politician. A man of few words with a dry sense of humor, Calvin Coolidge represented the middle class, which worked in his favor. Despite being a reclusive politician, Coolidge gave 520 press conferences, making himself available to reporters quite often.

 26 Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison
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Famous As: 23rd President of the United States
Birthdate: August 20, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 13, 1901

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd U.S. President and is remembered for his efforts to pass the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act. A qualified lawyer, he was the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V. Known for strengthening the Navy, he also attempted to secure the voting rights of African–Americans.

 27 James Monroe

James Monroe
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Famous As: Fifth President of the USA
Birthdate: April 28, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1831

James Monroe, a Founding Father of the U.S., served as the American president from 1817 to 1825. He opposed European colonialism and issued the Monroe Doctrine. He had also been a U.S. secretary of state, the Virginia governor, a U.S. Senate member, and the American ambassador to Britain and France.

 28 Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur
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Famous As: 21st President of the USA
Birthdate: October 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 1886
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. in 1881, after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, and served till 1885. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the 1854 case against segregation in streetcars. He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act and rebuilt the U.S. Navy.

 29 Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor
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Famous As: Military Leader and the 12th President of United States
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 9, 1850
Zachary Taylor was the 12th U.S. president, from March 1849 till his death in July 1850, thus spending just 16 months in office. His heroism in the Mexican–American War had earned him the title of major general. A novice in political affairs, he was the last president who owned slaves.

 30 Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce
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Birthdate: November 23, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 8, 1869

Franklin Pierce was an American politician who served as the 14th president of the US. A northern Democrat, Franklin Pierce's actions leading up to the American Civil War are believed to have contributed to the commencement of the war. Scholars and historians rank Pierce as one of the least memorable and worst US presidents.

 31 Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: January 7, 1800
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1874
Millard Fillmore was the U.S. president from 1850 to 1853, succeeding Zachary Taylor after his death. The last Whig U.S. president, Fillmore had previously been a representative from New York’s 32nd District and the U.S. vice president. He played a crucial role in the passage of the Compromise of 1850.

 32 Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: October 4, 1822
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 17, 1893
Rutherford B. Hayes served as the U.S. president from 1877 to 1881. He won a close election through the Compromise of 1877, thus putting an end to Reconstruction and withdrawing troops from the South. An attorney, he owned several law firms and had also served as the Ohio governor. 

 33 Éamon de Valera

Éamon de Valera
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Famous As: Former President of Ireland
Birthdate: October 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 29, 1975

Irish statesman Éamon de Valera served as the 3rd President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973. An influential political leader in 20th-century Ireland, he played a key role in introducing the Constitution of Ireland. Prior to becoming the president, he served as Taoiseach on three different occasions. He was an austere, stern, and unbending figure.

 34 Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson
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Famous As: Honorary President of the American League
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 35 Cyrus Vance

Cyrus Vance
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: March 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 2002

 36 William Walker

William Walker
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 12, 1860

 37 Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume
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Famous As: American Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 38 Bryan Colangelo

Bryan Colangelo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 39 Eduard Shevardnadze

Eduard Shevardnadze
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Famous As: Former President of Georgia
Birthdate: January 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 7, 2014

 40 Sanford Ballard Dole

Sanford Ballard Dole
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 23, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 1926

 41 Frank Perdue

Frank Perdue
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Famous As: Business Leader
Birthdate: May 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 2005

 42 Nido Qubein

Nido Qubein
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Famous As: President of High Point University
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Nationality: American

 43 Albert Shanker

Albert Shanker
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Famous As: Trade unionist
Birthdate: September 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 22, 1997

 44 John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
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Famous As: 35th President of the United States
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy was a charismatic leader who, during his tenure, ably dealt with Cuban missile crisis, proposed public service programmes and lent support to the growing civil rights movement. Before becoming one of the youngest Presidents of the country, he served in the navy, U.S. House of Representatives and the US Senate.

 45 Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
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Famous As: 39th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of USA, is one of the rare Presidents whose legacy continues even after leaving office. He is known as a champion of human rights and a mediator of peace efforts across the world. His humanitarian works earned him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

 46 Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon
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Famous As: 37th President of the United States
Birthdate: January 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1994

Richard Nixon is the only American president in the history so far to resign from the office. His name is synonymous with the infamous Watergate scandal which led to his resignation. But his regime saw several positives too, such as end to the U.S involvement in the Vietnam War, improvement in the relationship with Soviet Union and China, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 47 Donald Trump

Donald Trump
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Famous As: 45th U.S. President
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

The current President of the United States, Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies have divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

 48 Joe Biden

Joe Biden
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Famous As: 46th President of the United States
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States and will become the 46th president when he will assume the charge on 20 January 2021. Biden is the oldest person ever elected to the White House. One of the youngest senators in the US history and Delaware’s longest-serving senator, Joe Biden served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

 49 Frederick Douglass Patterson

Frederick Douglass Patterson
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: October 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 1988

 50 Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman
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Famous As: 33rd President of the United States
Birthdate: May 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 1972

Harry Truman was the US president from 1945 to 1953 and his administration successfully guided the US economy through the post-war challenges. He established the Truman Doctrine to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. He authorised the first and only use of nuclear weapons during a war when he sanctioned bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.