35 Incredible Vintage Photos of U.S. Presidents When They Were Young

The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

The power of the presidency has grown substantially since its formation, as has the power of the federal government as a whole. While presidential power has ebbed and flowed over time, the presidency has played an increasingly strong role in American political life since the beginning of the 20th century, with a notable expansion during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In contemporary times, the president is also looked upon as one of the world’s most powerful political figures as the leader of the only remaining global superpower. As the leader of the nation with the largest economy by nominal GDP, the president possesses significant domestic and international hard and soft power.

Article II of the Constitution establishes the executive branch of the federal government and vests the executive power in the president. The power includes the execution and enforcement of federal law and the responsibility to appoint federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers. Based on constitutional provisions empowering the president to appoint and receive ambassadors and conclude treaties with foreign powers, and on subsequent laws enacted by Congress, the modern presidency has primary responsibility for conducting U.S. foreign policy. The role includes responsibility for directing the world’s most expensive military, which has the second largest nuclear arsenal.

The president also plays a leading role in federal legislation and domestic policymaking. As part of the system of checks and balances, Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution gives the president the power to sign or veto federal legislation. Since modern presidents are also typically viewed as the leaders of their political parties, major policymaking is significantly shaped by the outcome of presidential elections, with presidents taking an active role in promoting their policy priorities to members of Congress who are often electorally dependent on the president. In recent decades, presidents have also made increasing use of executive orders, agency regulations, and judicial appointments to shape domestic policy.

The president is elected indirectly through the Electoral College to a four-year term, along with the vice president. Under the Twenty-second Amendment, ratified in 1951, no person who has been elected to two presidential terms may be elected to a third. In addition, nine vice presidents have become president by virtue of a president’s intra-term death or resignation. In all, 45 individuals have served 46 presidencies spanning 58 full four-year terms.

Joe Biden is the 46th and current president of the United States, having assumed office on January 20, 2021. (Wikipedia)

Barack Obama, Age 18
Theodore Roosevelt, Age 20
John F. Kennedy, Age 21 And 20
Gerald Ford, Age 18 And 20
Abraham Lincoln, Late 30s (Earliest Confirmed Photo)
Bill Clinton, Age 22 And 26
Ronald Reagan, Age 29
Franklin Roosevelt, Age 18
Jimmy Carter, Age 18
Rutherford B. Hayes, Age 30
Richard Nixon, Age 20
George H. W. Bush, Age 18
George W. Bush, Age 19
James Garfield, Age 16
William Mckinley, Age 21
Calvin Coolidge, Between 19 And 23 Years
Woodrow Wilson, About 19 Years Old
George W. Bush, Age 21
Warren G. Harding, Age 21
Harry Truman, Age 22 And 33
Dwight Eisenhower, Age 25 and 29
Lyndon Johnson, Age 18
Herbert Hoover, Age 25
Ulysses S. Grant, Age 23
Benjamin Harrison, Age 17
William Henry Harrison, Age 40
John Tyler, Age 36
Millard Fillmore, Undated
John Adams, Age 33
Donald Trump, Age 20
Andrew Johnson, Undated
Chester A. Arthur, Age 28
Grover Cleveland, Age 27
Benjamin Harrison, Age 17
William Howard Taft, Age 21

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