Just because you ascend to the American presidency doesn't make you a political superstar -- just ask John Tyler. But many U.S. presidents accrue major accomplishments while office. Can you match these men to their feats?
After Roosevelt's untimely death during WWII, Truman took control of the country. He opted to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the only time that nuclear weapons have ever been deployed in battle.
In 1962, the America learned that the Soviet Union planned to deploy missiles in Cuba, and tensions escalated quickly. Kennedy forced the Soviets to back down and somehow avoided nuclear war.
Wilson campaigned on an isolationist policy. Then, as soon as he was elected, he sent American troops into the fray of World War I, a fact that probably expedited the end of the conflict.
After the 9/11 attacks, George Bush and his administration decided that Saddam Hussein was a potential threat to America. He launched an invasion, captured, and killed Hussein, and triggered a civil war.
Eisenhower led the building of the 48,000-mile Interstate highway system. Construction took more than three decades but made it easier for America to move military forces and cargo from coast to coast.
Johnson was a proponent of major civil rights and anti-poverty legislation. His work helped to level America's economic system ... at least a little.
After years of post-9/11 neuroses, Barack Obama set aside America's anxieties and embraced hope and peace. His optimism earned him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, even though at the time he hadn't really accomplished much in office.
Bill Clinton championed NAFTA as a free trade agreement that would benefit America, Canada and Mexico. The agreement went into effect in 1994 and many experts say that it has been mostly beneficial.
Washington led colonists to freedom against Britain in the Revolution. Then, he was elected as America's first president. He served for two terms.
Roosevelt gathered America's courage and led the country through most of WWII. He died just before the war ended, his health undoubtedly worsened by the severe strain of his eventful terms in office.
Following the Civil War, groups like the KKK responded with violence out of frustration. Grant took measures to reduce violence and protect former slaves ... even though he'd been a slaveholder himself.
Nixon resigned in shame over his misconduct, but when it came the Vietnam War, he knew it was time to end the conflict. He slowly withdrew America from the deadly quagmire.
Roosevelt entered office as the Depression ravaged the world. He countered with the New Deal, a series of policies that provided relief, recovery and reform for America.
Kennedy helped to create the Peace Corps, which provides manpower and skills to countries in need of assistance. It also spreads American values around the globe.
In 1901, William McKinley was assassinated, leaving his (very young) vice president in charge. Teddy Roosevelt was just 42 years old when he assumed presidential duties.
Jefferson is known for creating the United States Military Academy at West Point. West Point is renowned for generating some of America's best military leaders.
In 1981, a disturbed man named John Hinckley shot President Reagan at close range. But quick medical attention saved his life, and he completed his term in office.
In part due to the harsh realities of the Great Depression, Roosevelt championed the Social Security System. It was meant to provide economic security for the elderly.
Reagon proposed the START treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which helped to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons. It cut nuke stockpiles by roughly 80%.
In 2009, Barack Obama became the first man of African-American ancestry to win the nation's highest office. In a country noted for its history of enslavement, it was a startling accomplishment.
Monroe is famous for the "Monroe Doctrine," which guided foreign affairs. It essentially formalized America's opposition to European countries attempting to seize further territory in North and South America.
In 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which gave legal status to slaves. Once the Union won the Civil War, it essentially outlawed slavery altogether.
President William Harrison gave a long-winded inauguration address in cold, wet weather ... and a month later he was dead from pneumonia. John Tyler stepped into his place and served four contentious years in office.
In 1990, the Soviet Union empire crumbled in dramatic fashion, in part due to George H.W. Bush's alliances. It was the long-awaited end of the Cold War.
Jackson's leadership essentially formed the Democratic Party, which is now the longest-lived political party in the world.
In 1906, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in ending the Russo-Japanese War. He convinced Russian and Japan to meet, and as a result, a lasting peace was formed.
Franklin Roosevelt was unfathomably popular for his work during the Great Depression and World War II. He served nearly three full terms, from 1933 to 1945, when he died in office.
After the Louisiana Purchase, the U.S. doubled in size, but no one really knew much about the frontier. Jefferson cobbled together the funds for the famous Expedition, which revealed many of America's riches and guided new government policies.
In 1791, the federal government was hurting for money and resorted to new taxes, like those on whiskey. The taxes were opposed by violence, but George Washington gathered the military to put down the revolt, establishing order in the newly formed country.
In 1991, Iraq's Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Western allies denounced the attack, rallied around George H.W. Bush, and forced Iraq back into its own borders.