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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.


Samuel J. Tilden



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




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



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




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




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




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



New York

Vice President: William Howard Taft, Ohio

Theodore Roosevelt



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



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




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




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

William Gibbs McAdoo




Vice President: Herbert Hoover, Iowa

Franklin D. Roosevelt



New York

Vice President: James M. Cox, Ohio

James M. Cox




Vice President: Harry Truman, Missouri

Thomas E. Dewey



New York

Vice President: Robert Taft, Ohio

Dwight D. Eisenhower



New York

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

John F. Kennedy




Vice President: Hubert Humphrey, Minnesota

Earl Warren




Vice President: Edmund Muskie, Maine

Edmund Muskie




Vice President: Frank Church, Idaho

Ronald Reagan




Vice President: Bob Dole, Kansas

Jerry Brown




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




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




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




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.


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