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This is a list of nicknames of Presidents of the United States which were in common usage at the time they were in office or shortly thereafter.

Presidential nicknames[edit]

George Washington[edit]

Full name: George Washington

John Adams[edit]

Full name: John Adams, Jr.

Thomas Jefferson[edit]

Full name: Thomas Jefferson

James Madison[edit]

Full name: James Madison

James Monroe[edit]

Full name: James Monroe

John Quincy Adams[edit]

Full name: John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson[edit]

Full name: Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren[edit]

Full name: Martin Van Buren

William Henry Harrison[edit]

Full name: William Henry Harrison

John Tyler[edit]

Full name: John Tyler, Jr.

James K. Polk[edit]

Full name: James Knox Polk

Zachary Taylor[edit]

Full name: Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore[edit]

Full name: Millard Fillmore

Franklin Pierce[edit]

Full name: Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan[edit]

Full name: James Buchanan, Jr.

Abraham Lincoln[edit]

Full name: Abraham Lincoln

Andrew Johnson[edit]

Full name: Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant[edit]

Full name: Ulysses S. Grant — born Hiram Ulysses Grant but enrolled at West Point as Ulysses S. Grant through a clerical error [46]

Rutherford B. Hayes[edit]

Full name: Rutherford Birchard Hayes

James A. Garfield[edit]

Full name: James Abram Garfield

Chester A. Arthur[edit]

Full name: Chester Alan Arthur

Grover Cleveland[edit]

Full name: Stephen Grover Cleveland

Benjamin Harrison[edit]

Full name: Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley[edit]

Full name: William McKinley, Jr.

Theodore Roosevelt[edit]

Full name: Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft[edit]

Full name: William Howard Taft

Woodrow Wilson[edit]

Full name: Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Warren G. Harding[edit]

Full name: Warren Gamaliel Harding

Calvin Coolidge[edit]

Full name: John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Herbert Hoover[edit]

Full name: Herbert Clark Hoover

Franklin D. Roosevelt[edit]

Full name: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman[edit]

Full name: Harry S. Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower[edit]

Full name: Dwight David Eisenhower (born David Dwight Eisenhower)

John F. Kennedy[edit]

Full name: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson[edit]

Full name: Lyndon Baines Johnson

Richard Nixon[edit]

Full name: Richard Milhous Nixon

Gerald Ford[edit]

Full name: Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.)

Jimmy Carter[edit]

Full name: James Earl Carter, Jr.

Ronald Reagan[edit]

Full name: Ronald Wilson Reagan

George H. W. Bush[edit]

Full name: George Herbert Walker Bush

Bill Clinton[edit]

Full name: William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III)

George W. Bush[edit]

"Dubya" redirects here. For the letter, see W.

Full name: George Walker Bush

Barack Obama[edit]

Full name: Barack Hussein Obama II

See also[edit]


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