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The following is a list of presidents of the United States in the President Tilden timeline, with a brief write-up of that president's term. All presidents are from the POD on.

Presidents

Samuel J. Tilden

Democrat

1877-1881

New York

Vice President: Thomas A. Hendricks, Indiana

Tilden was the first Democrat elected after the Civil War (Andrew Johnson ascended to the presidency rather than being elected), Tilden had the massive job of making the American people believe in him and in the Democrats. Elected a mere 12 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and 13 since the end of the Civil War, Tilden faced an unrelenting bombardment of propaganda against him. It wasn't long before Republican obstructionism and public opinion turned against Tilden, and he lost reelection in 1880 to Republican James G. Blaine. His popularity remained lukewarm even after his presidency.

James G. Blaine

Republican

1881-1889

Maine

Vice President: John A. Logan, Illinois (died in office); George F. Edmunds, Vermont

The presidency returned to the Republicans with polarizing candidate James Blaine. The Democrats initially attempted to obstruct Blaine like the GOP did with Tilden, but it was unsuccesful, as Blaine's GOP majorities in both houses of congress were able to push his agenda along. However, a new amendment to the US Constitution the "Blaine Amendment", which prevented federal funds to go to Parochial Schools, was where the Republicans drew the lines, as opponents on both sides of the aisle decried it as anti-Catholic. In 1884, Blaine lost the Catholic vote, but was able to barely hold on to the presidency. His presidency was bogged down from then on, and his popularity has dipped in recent years.

His Vice President, John Logan, died the day after Christmas in 1886. George Edmunds, though reluctant to become the Vice President, accepted because he assumed he would be nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate in 1888. He was, but lost narrowly, as charges of corruption that originated in 1876 reemerged against Blaine in 1887, dragging down Edmunds' candidacy, and making Blaine lose popularity among Americans.

Grover Cleveland

Democrat

1889-1893

New York

Vice President: Allen G. Thurman, Ohio

After defeating George Edmunds narrowly, Cleveland launched his "Modern Democrat" platform; anti-slavery and pro-14th Amendment. However, the Modern Democrat platform was soon divisive between northern Modern Democrats and southern Traditional Democrats. In 1892, Cleveland was unable to win the support of the entire Democratic Party, and it fractured with Modern Democrats pushing Cleveland on and Traditional Democrats pushing Joseph C.S. Blackburn of Kentucky. The divisivness in the party made Cleveland unable to complete any campaign promises, and allowed Thomas Brackett Reed to win the election.

Thomas Brackett Reed

Republican

1893-1901

Maine

Vice President: Benjamin Bristow, Kentucky (died in office); Matthew S. Quay, Pennsylvania

Popular Speaker of the House Reed faced an attempted presidential block by wannabe candidate William McKinley. Reed, however, was more popular than McKinley and was able to defeat him in the primaries.

Reed's wit and freindliness started "The Second Era of Good Feelings" with cordial relations between both parties, even though a vast majority of Democrats despised Reed, due to the way he ran the House of Representatives. Reed, however, was able to remain friendly with even his most dogged opponents politically.

Reed's choice of a new Vice President after Benjamin Bristow died suddenly was held up in the senate for many months, before Democrats finally caved to Matthew S. Quay.

He suffered a heart attack and died suddenly before even returning home to Maine for retirement in in 1901.

William Jennings Bryan

Democrat

1901-1905

Nebraska

Vice President: Arthur Sewall, Maine


Bryan's second speech as president was a sermon at former president Reed's funeral, as President Reed died just hours after Bryan took the Oath of Office.

Bryan continued the Modern Democrat policies of Cleveland, even furthering African-American rights in the southern United States than some Republican presidents. Because of this, southern Democrats again split the party, putting forth the "Traditional Democrat" candidate to take votes away from Bryan. Bryan lost the election of 1904 because of it.

William B. Allison

Republican

1905-1908

Iowa

Vice President: Levi P. Morton, New York Allison never liked the presidency. Being among the oldest men elected president, Allison would often doze off at the end of long days, and found the job too stressful for his liking. He was pushed into the presidential nomination by Republican leaders, while he himself didn't wany to run. He planned on not running for reelection in 1908, but died. Levi P. Morton succeded him.

Levi P. Morton

Republican

1908-1909

New York

Vice President: William Howard Taft, Ohio


Theodore Roosevelt

Progressive

1909-1917

New York

Hiram Johnson, California Roosevelt, a former Republican, became increasingly irritated at the stagnation of Republican policies that helped people. He was not alone, and Roosevelt left the Republicans in 1907 to form the Progressive Party. Advocating left-leaning progressive policies, the Progressive soon wiped out most of the left-wing and moderate Republican base in a matter of months.

Roosevelt was among the most popular and exciting men ever to be elected president. He advocated reform in food, drugs, environment and civil rights in favor of moving the country forward for the good of the people. From the day the Progressive Party was founded to today, the motto of the Progressive Party is "Moving the Country Forward, for the Good of the People." It is often shortened or split in half.

Roosevelt is a pioneer of American progressivism, and is memorialized in Roosevelt Park in Washington.

Woodrow Wilson

Democrat

1917-1924

New Jersey

Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall, Indiana


The first Democrat elected to two terms of the presidency since Andrew Jackson, though he died before his second term was over, Woodrow Wilson advocated American intervention in the War of Europe (started in 1916). He also identified as "Progressive", as he wanted to move the country forward, but he took a significantly further right view at "Progressivism" than Roosevelt. He believed that industry and corporations would move the country forward, not the state. He was elected by a relatively large margin in 1916, but Progressive propaganda shrunk his leads in many states, and a powerful return by Roosevelt led to Wilson only just winning reelection. He died in 1924, near the election of 1924.

Thomas R. Marshall

Democrat

1924-1925

Indiana

Vice President: Oscar W. Underwood, Alabama Marshall was significantly less Progressive than Wilson or Roosevelt. Marshall believed in the status quo. He wasn't in office long enough to due anything to "advance the status quo", though. He was not a candidate for election for a full term in 1924, and the election went to Fighting Bob.

Robert M. La Follette

Progressive

1925-1933

Wisconsin

Vice President: Burton K. Wheeler, Montana A return to left-wing progressivism was made in 1924 with "Fighting Bob" La Follette.

William Gibbs McAdoo

Democrat

1933-1937

California

Vice President: Herbert Hoover, Iowa


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Progressive

1937-1945

New York

Vice President: James M. Cox, Ohio


James M. Cox

Progressive

1945-1949

Ohio

Vice President: Harry Truman, Missouri


Thomas E. Dewey

Democrat

1949-1953

New York

Vice President: Robert Taft, Ohio

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Independent

1953-1961

New York

Vice President: Earl Warren, California (Member of the Progressive Party)


John F. Kennedy

Progressive

1961-1969

Massachusetts

Vice President: Hubert Humphrey, Minnesota


Earl Warren

Progressive

1969-1974

California

Vice President: Edmund Muskie, Maine


Edmund Muskie

Progressive

1974-1981

Maine

Vice President: Frank Church, Idaho


Ronald Reagan

Democrat

1981-1989

California

Vice President: Bob Dole, Kansas


Jerry Brown

Progressive

1989-1997

California

Vice President: George Mitchell, Maine

Brown faced a bombardment of attacks from the left of the Progressive Party, as many believed he simply wasn't Progressive enough. While trying vigorously to denounce that he wasn't a Progressive, Brown was also able

Al Gore

Progressive

1997-2005

Tennessee

Vice President: Bill Bradley, New Jersey


Gore defeated incumbent Vice President Michael Dukakis in the Progressive primaries before rolling to a victory in 1996.

John McCain

Democrat

2005-2009

Arizona

Vice President: George W. Bush, Texas


McCain defeated Gore Vice President Bill Bradley in a narrow election with many rumors of election fraud and vote buying. McCain virulently denounced those claims.

His Vice President, George W. Bush, had made numerous gaffes on the campaign trail and during his Vice Presidency, and many believed that Bush was the worst Vice President since William J. Bryan's VP Arthur Sewall.

Barack Obama

Progressive

2009-pres.

Illinois

Vice President: Patrick Leahy, Vermont

The most recent presidential election was a smashing victory for the Progressives, as Sen. Barack Obama of Vermont defeated incumbent President McCain in a landslide, as the economy worsened in 2007, most of it being blamed on the Democrats.

Obama is the first African-American to be elected to the nation's Highest Office. He was considered a moderate by Progressive standadrds, and to appease the left in his party, Obama chose popular liberal Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to be his running mate.

Obama has put forth a very Progressive agenda, despite Democrat attempts at obstructionism. He, however, remains popular, and no prominent Democrats have stepped up to challenge him 2012 as of May 2011.

WORK IN PROGRESS

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