US Political Figures

The US political system is defined by the US’s status as a federal republic. Sovereignty is shared amongst the executive branch, legislative branch, and the judicial branch. The President is the head of the executive branch. The legislative branch is composed of Congress, the Senate and House of Representatives. The judicial branch includes the federal court system. Two political parties have dominated US politics since the American civil war, and are formally present in both the executive and legislative branches of the system.  The US is a very powerful country, and for that reason its political decisions affect the rest of the world. The US presidential election is one of the most documented political events globally.

How do US politics work?

The US government is divided into three branches – the executive branch (the president and his cabinet), the legislative branch (the US Congress), and the judiciary branch (the courts). The separation of powers was implemented to establish a system of check and balances to prevent an individual or group from gaining too much control and power. The US Constitution is what provides the separation of powers.

What does GOP mean in US politics?

GOP in US politics is short for the Grand Old Party and represents the Republican Party. The Republican Party is one of the 2 major political parties in the United States. The other major political party is the Democratic Party and has been the historical rival of the GOP. The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed for the expansion of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president.

What is progressive politics in the US?

Progressive politics in the US is based on the reform movement that reached its height starting in the 20th century. Progressive politics are middle class and seek reforms. Progressive politics became popular as a response to the changes that happened through modernization like the growth of large corporations, pollution, and fears of corruption in politics. Progressive politics also embrace environmentalism and social justice.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Supreme Court Justice, confirmed to the court in 1993. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, she earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell, and trained for her law degree at Harvard and Columbia, where she later graduated (first in her class). Ruth Bader Ginsburg advocated for the advancement of gender equality throughout her career, and won multiple victories in the Supreme Court. She is well liked for her progressive views and for her inexhaustible dissenting opinion. She now has a cult following, and is known affectionately as ‘The Notorious RBG’.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 5 foot 1 inch (1.55 m) tall.

Multiple drawings of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with height measurement
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Supreme Court Justice, confirmed to the court in 1993. She is well liked for her progressive views and for her inexhaustible dissenting opinion. She now has a cult following, and is known affectionately as ‘The Notorious RBG’.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 5 foot 1 inch (1.55 m) tall.

Multiple drawings of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with height measurement
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Country: United States
Position: Justice of the Supreme Court

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg front, front (casual), side (walking)

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States of America. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where he lived with his grandparents as a child. He studied at Columbia University, and later at Harvard Law School. It is there where he met his wife, Michelle. They married in 1992 and had two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Barack began his political career in 1996, when he was elected to the Illinois Senate. A few years and political struggles later, he was elected President, and inaugurated in January 2009. He was re-elected for a second term in 2012 and ended his Presidency in 2017, when he was succeeded by Donald Trump.

Barack Obama is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Scale drawings of Barack Obama in multiple poses with height labeled
Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States of America. Barack was elected President, and inaugurated in January 2009. He was re-elected for a second term in 2012 and ended his Presidency in 2017.

Barack Obama is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Scale drawings of Barack Obama in multiple poses with height labeled
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Country: United States
Position: 44th President (2009-2017)
Political Party: Democratic

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44th President

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Barack Obama front, side, front (walking), side (walking)

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George Washington
Collection of drawings of President George Washington in an assortment of standing postures with labeled height

George Washington was the first President of the United States. He was born and grew up in Virginia. George Washington was born into a land-owning family. He was a planter by occupation - he owned and ran several slave plantations in his lifetime, the most well known being Mount Vernon. He became Commander-in-Chief of the military before the start of the Revolutionary War and was crucial in leading the American troops. After military success and Independence from the British, he was elected as President and served from 1789 to 1797. He is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

George Washington was 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

George Washington was the first President of the United States. After military success and Independence from the British, he was elected as President and served from 1789 to 1797. He is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

George Washington was 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

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Presidency Terms
1st President

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George Washington standing (military), standing (formal), saluting

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Joe Biden
Set of illustrations of Joe Biden in various poses measured with overall height

Joe Biden is an American politician and the Democratic candidate for the 2020 Presidential election. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1942 and began his political career in 1972 when he was elected to the US Senate. He was re-elected as Senator six times before becoming Vice-President for Barack Obama in 2008. As part of the Obama administration Biden worked to implement Obamacare which has given thousands of American access to healthcare. In 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his ongoing contribution to the country. He has his issues, but he is better than Donald Trump. Vote Biden.

Joe Biden has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Set of illustrations of Joe Biden in various poses while speaking
Joe Biden is an American politician and the Democratic candidate for the 2020 Presidential election. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1942 and began his political career in 1972 when he was elected to the US Senate. He was re-elected as Senator 6 times before becoming Vice-President for Barack Obama.

Joe Biden has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Set of illustrations of Joe Biden in various poses while speaking
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November 20, 1942

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Joe Biden front, side (casual), side, side (podium speech), front (waving), side (gesturing)

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Abraham Lincoln
Height illustration of Abraham Lincoln standing in various postures

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War, a time of moral, political and constitutional criss wherein thousands of people died. The North defeated the South, keeping the Union intact, and instigated the abolishment of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, a Confederate spy, while attending a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Abraham Lincoln
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Presidency Terms
16th President

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Abraham Lincoln standing (formal), standing, presenting

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