Visual Guide: Which party controls the White House?

In the modern era, only the Republicans have managed to hold the White House after a two-term presidency. George H.W. Bush is the only vice president to successfully run for the White House since Harry Truman did so in 1949. However, Bush lost his re-election bid.

In the modern era, three vice presidents have run but failed to retain the White House for their party: Nixon (R-1960), Humphrey (D-1968) and Gore (D-2000).

In 1860, Lincoln chose a vice president from the opposing party. So although his second term began as a Republican presidency, it became a Democratic one after his assassination.

From 1897 – 1933, we had seven presidents; only one was a Democrat.

 

Updated: 21 April 2016

 Year   President Vice President
 2013 – 2017   44th Barack Obama VP Biden (did not run)
 2009 – 2013
 2005 – 2009   43rd George Bush VP Cheney (did not run)
 2001 – 2005
 1997 – 2001   42nd William J. Clinton VP Gore (ran, lost)
 1993 – 1997
 1989 – 1993   41st George H.W. Bush VP Quayle
 1985 – 1989   40th Ronald Reagan VP Bush (ran, won)
 1981 – 1985
 1977 – 1981   39th Jimmy Carter VP Mondale
 1974 – 1976   38th Gerald Ford VP Rockefeller
 1973 – 1974   37th Richard M Nixon VP Ford
 1969 – 1973 VP Agnew
 1965 – 1969   36th Lyndon B Johnson VP Humphrey (ran, lost)
 1963 – 1965
 1961 – 1963   35th John F Kennedy (died) VP Johnson
 1957 – 1961   34th Dwight Eisenhower VP Nixon (ran, lost)
 1953 – 1957
 1949 – 1953   33rd Harry S Truman VP Barkley
 1945 – 1949 VP none
 1941 – 1945   32nd Franklin D Roosevelt (died) VP Truman (ran, won)
VP Wallace (41-45)
 1937 – 1941 Garner
 1933 – 1937
 1929 – 1933   31st Herbert Hoover VP Curtis
 1925 – 1929   30th Calvin Coolidge VP Dawes
 1923 – 1925 VP none
 1921 – 1923   29th Calvin Harding (died) VP Coolidge
 1917 – 1921   28th Woodrow Wilson VP Marshall
 1909 – 1913   27th William Howard Taft VP Sherman
 1905 – 1909   26th Theodore Roosevelt VP Fairbanks
 1901 – 1904 VP none
 1897 – 1901   25th William McKinley (died) VP Roosevelt (01)
VP none (99-01)
VP Hobart (97-99)
 1893 – 1897   24th Grover Cleveland VP Stevenson
 1889 – 1893   23rd Benjamin Harrison VP Morton
 1885 – 1889   22nd Grover Cleveland VP none (85-89)
VP Hendricks (85)
 1881 – 1885   21st Chester A. Arthur VP none
 1881 – 1881   20th James A Garfield (died) VP Arthur
 1877 – 1881   19th Rutherford B. Hayes VP Wheeler
 1873 – 1877   18th Ulysses S. Grant VP none (77-77)
Wilson (73-75)
 1869 – 1873 VP Colfax (69-73)
 1865 – 1869   17th Andrew Johnson VP none
 1865 – 1865   16th Abraham Lincoln (died) VP Johnson
 1861 – 1865 VP Hamlin
 1857 – 1861   15th James Buchanan VP Breckinridge
 1853 – 1857   14th Franklin Pierce VP none (53-57)
VP King (53)
 1850 – 1853   13th Millard Fillmore
Whig / Know Nothing Party
VP none
 1849 – 1850   12th Zachary Taylor (died)
Whig
VP Fillmore
 1845 – 1849   11th James K Polk VP Dallas
 1841 – 1845   10th John Tyler
Whig/Democrat
VP none
 1841 – 1841   9th William Henry Harrison (died)
Whig
VP Tyler

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Image credit: NASA