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List of Presidents of the United States of America (The Kaiser's New Clothes)

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The following is a list of U.S. Presidents in The Kaiser's New Clothes timeline.

The list is identical to our own until 1921. Woodrow Wilson, ailing, does not seek a third term and abides by the conventions of office in 1920. His success in negotiating a peaceful settlement to the war, the lack of any U.S. casualties influences the election. Wilson's Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, is able to secure the Democratic nomination and defeats Warren G. Harding. In 1924, however, the philanthropist Herbert Hoover defeats Lansing and serves until 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt, who had been Lansing's Vice President, wins the White House on his second attempt.

Because there is no war looming, Roosevelt feels no need to continue in office and abides by the convention, serving only two terms and finishing in 1941. He is replaced by Republican Wendell Willkie, who serves until 1944, when he dies in office, less than a month before the election. His Vice President, Thomas Dewey, assumes office and wins the 1944 election in a landslide. Dewey is re-elected in 1948. In 1952, the election is won by Democrat Henry Wallace. In our timeline, a Wallace presidency could have been disastrous (see The President is a Commie!), but since there is no cold war, Wallace is able to serve as President with distinction. There being no World War II, Dwight Eisenhower never comes to national prominaece and never runs for President - Richard Nixon never makes it as far either, because he was never VP and because there was no Alger Hiss hearing.

Wallace serves as President until 1956, when he is defeated by Republican former VP Earl Warren. President Warren introduces civil rights laws for the first time and ends public school segregation; this is despite his reputation as a good conservative. He wins re-election in 1960, but is 69 years old (the oldest man ever elected President) and in failing health. His second term is marked by increasing racial violence and civil unrest throughout the United States. The great reformer, John F. Kennedy, is elected President in 1964 on a platform of civil rights and national healing. Kennedy is a popular President, though a deeply flawed human being. A series of embarrassing personal scandals, including rumours of an affair with a Mafia moll, Judith Campbell, causes Kennedy to lose the 1968 election to Republican Barry Goldwater (there being no Cold War, Goldwater's "nuts" reputation is not present), who ends many of the reforms Kennedy started and again plunges the country into unrest. Goldwater nonetheless wins a second term in 1972 against Kennedy's Vice President, Eugene McCarthy.

In 1976, former actor Ronald Reagan is elected President. Again, with no cold war, Reagan's reputation and persona are somewhat different - in this timeline, he is a strict isolationist who pursues a very different foreign policy agenda. Reagan, as popular in this timeline as in ours, serves until 1985. In that year, Democratic candidate Gary Hart is elected over Vice President Bob Dole, the first Democrat to hold the White House for sixteen years. Like Kennedy before him, Hart is plagued with personal scandal, and loses the 1988 election to Dole in a rematch. Dole, however, proves unable to govern effectively due to midterm losses in Congress, and in 1992 the young, dynamic Bill Clinton is elected President. Clinton is just as vulnerable to character questions as Hart and Kennedy before him, but is nonetheless able to secure a 1996 re-election, becoming the first two-term Democrat since FDR. Clinton's new agenda and reformism sparks a cultural revolution in the United States. In 2000, Clinton opts to seek a third term, which constitutionally he is able to do (since the 22nd Amendment was never passed) and defeats John McCain. Vice President Gore, denied the nomination he expected, makes a new career as an environmental activist. Clinton's VP in his third term is Howard Dean, who is assured the nomination in 2004. The September 11 attacks never take place due to a more isolationist foreign policy on behalf of Washington, and the "War on Terror" never begins. In 2004, with a strong economy and with President Clinton's coat-tails still flapping, Dean is elected President over Republican John McCain.

# Name Took Office Left Office Party Vice President(s)
1 George Washington 1789 1797 No party John Adams
2 John Adams 1797 1801 Federalist Thomas Jefferson
3 Thomas Jefferson 1801 1809 Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr and George Clinton
4 James Madison 1809 1817 Democratic-Republican Elbridge Gerry
5 James Monroe 1817 1825 Democratic-Republican Daniel D. Tompkins
6 John Quincy Adams 1825 1829 Democratic-Republican John C. Calhoun
7 Andrew Jackson 1829 1837 Democrat John C. Calhoun
8 John C. Calhoun 1837 1845 Democrat Martin Van Buren
11 James Knox Polk 1845 1849 Democrat George M. Dallas
12 Zachary Taylor3 1849 1850 Whig Millard Fillmore
13 Millard Fillmore 1850 1853 Whig none
14 Franklin Pierce 1853 1857 Democrat William R. King
15 James Buchanan 1857 1861 Democrat John C. Breckinridge
16 Abraham Lincoln 1861 1865 Republican Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson
17 Andrew Johnson 1865 1869 Democrat none
18 Ulysses Simpson Grant 1869 1877 Republican Schuyler Colfax and Henry Wilson
19 Rutherford Birchard Hayes 1877 1881 Republican William A. Wheeler
20 James Abram Garfield 1881 1881 Republican Chester A. Arthur
21 Chester Alan Arthur 1881 1885 Republican none
22 Stephen Grover Cleveland 1885 1889 Democrat Thomas A. Hendricks
23 Benjamin Harrison 1889 1893 Republican Levi P. Morton
24 Stephen Grover Cleveland 1893 1897 Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson
25 William McKinley 1897 1901 Republican Garret A. Hobart then Theodore Roosevelt
26 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. 1901 1909 Republican None then Charles W. Fairbanks
27 William Howard Taft 1909 1913 Republican James S. Sherman
28 Thomas Woodrow Wilson 1913 1921 Democrat Thomas R. Marshall
29 Robert Lansing 1921 1925 Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt
30 Herbert Hoover 1925 1933 Republican William D. Stephens
31 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933 1941 Democrat Henry A. Wallace
33 Wendell Willkie 1941 1944 Republican Thomas Dewey
34 Thomas Dewey 1944 1953 Republican Douglas Macarthur
35 Henry Wallace 1953 1957 Democrat Carl Albert
36 Earl Warren 1957 1965 Republican Thomas B. Curtis
37 John F. Kennedy 1965 1969 Democrat Eugene McCarthy
38 Barry Goldwater 1969 1977 Republican John A. Volpe
39 Ronald Reagan 1977 1985 Republican Bob Dole
40 Gary Hart 1985 1989 Democrat Geraldine A. Ferraro
41 Bob Dole 1989 1993 Republican Pete Wilson
42 Bill Clinton 1993 2005 Democrat Al Gore
Howard Dean
43 Howard Dean 2005 2009 Democrat Bill Richardson
44 Michael D. Huckabee 2009 present Republican Timothy J. Pawlenty

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