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The President of the United States, the highest-ranking member of the Executive Branch in the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, was occupied by David Palmer during Days 2 and 3, John Keeler during Day 4, Charles Logan during Day 5, Wayne Palmer during Day 6, Allison Taylor during Redemption, Days 7 and 8 and James Heller in Live Another Day.

Hal Gardner, as Vice President, ascended to the presidency upon Logan's removal from office and Noah Daniels assumed the presidency upon the incapacitation of Wayne Palmer during Day 6 and Daniels was outgoing President during Redemption.

Various Presidents had to contend with numerous terrorist threats, both domestic and foreign, and several were victims of terrorist attacks themselves.

Before Day 1 Edit

Name Status Info
George Washington Deceased Jack Bauer accused Brett Marks of thinking he was George Washington during the events of Veto Power.
John Adams Deceased Mentioned by Allison Taylor during Day 7.
Andrew Jackson Deceased Featured on U.S. money.
Abraham Lincoln Deceased David Palmer quoted him during Day 2. Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5 and Blake Simon during Day 6.
Theodore Roosevelt Deceased Mentioned by Mark Boudreau during Live Another Day.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Deceased Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5, Karen Hayes during Day 6 and James Heller during Live Another Day.
Harry Truman Deceased Mentioned in a D.C. Times article.
John F. Kennedy Deceased Two schools, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare, were named after him. Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5 and Ethan Kanin during Day 7.
LBJ Deceased Elizabeth Nash was reading a biography of LBJ prior to Day 1.
Carter Alive President in 1979, a difficult year in the life of Debrah Drexler.
Ronald Reagan Deceased Agent Aaron Pierce joined the Secret Service during Reagan's second term in office.

Day 1 — Day 9 Edit

Picture Name Served during Status Previous office
Harry Barnes Veto Power,
Cat's Claw,
Vanishing Point
PalmerDay3 David Palmer Day 2,
Midnight Sun,
Day 3
Deceased U.S. Senator from Maryland
David Palmer won the democratic nomination during Day 1 and later went on to win the election. As President, Palmer handled several national security crises, including resolutions to a nuclear crisis and the containment of a biological virus. Palmer was forced to temporarily grant Vice President Prescott the powers of the presidency twice in the same day under the 25th Amendment; once, as a result of Palmer's supposed indecisiveness, secondly, resulting from an incapacitating assassination attempt. After the death of his ex-wife Sherry Palmer, he decided not to seek a second term. When President Charles Logan had difficulties making decisions, Palmer was brought in as a special advisor in Day 4.
Prescott James Prescott Day 2,
The Game
Alive Vice President
In Day 2, James Prescott utilized the 25th Amendment and became the acting president. Eventually, Palmer had his position returned; however, an assassination attempt quickly reversed this. Prescott continued to serve as the commander-in-chief until Palmer was stable enough to return to his duties.
Keeler John Keeler Day 4 Unknown U.S. Senator
When President David Palmer dropped out of the election, John Keeler later became president. Keeler served as president during Day 4, but an attack on Air Force One incapacitated him. Keeler, suffering life-threatening injuries, was unable to return to his duties.
President Charles Logan Charles Logan Day 4,
Day 5
Alive Vice President
When an attack on Air Force One by Mitch Anderson caused President Keeler to be incapacitated, Charles Logan was sworn in as president. Holding the position through Day 4 and Day 5, Logan was unseated when his responsibility for the assassination of David Palmer and the selling of Sentox VX nerve gas to terrorists was exposed to the public. He was kept under house arrest for a time, until being pardoned by President Daniels. On Day 8, he offered his services to President Taylor, who took him on as a special advisor, until Logan attempted suicide.
Halgardner2 Hal Gardner Alive Vice President
When President Charles Logan was unseated and arrested for treason, Hal Gardner was sworn in and finished up the term started by President Keeler. It is unknown if Gardner ran for office after the term was over.
S6wayne Wayne Palmer Day 6 Deceased White House Chief of Staff
Wayne Palmer ran for office, when Tom Lennox convinced him, and won the election. Wayne served as the president during the events of Day 6 while co-conspirators, including Reed Pollock, schemed to assassinate him. When he was incapacitated, Noah Daniels became the Acting President. Wayne later died from his injuries.
NoahDaniels Noah Daniels Day 6,
Alive Vice President
When Wayne Palmer was incapacitated, Noah Daniels became the Acting President. He was later sworn in as President following Wayne's death, and in Redemption he saw Allison Taylor into office.
Allison Taylor S8 Allison Taylor Redemption,
Day 7,
Day 8
Alive U.S. Senator
Senator Taylor won the general election and became the successor to Daniels as President during Redemption. She was also the first female President. However, sometime after Day 8, Taylor stated she would resign from office due to her complicity in the cover-up of the assassination of IRK President Omar Hassan.
MitchellHayworth Mitchell Hayworth 24: Deadline Alive Vice President
Vice President Hayworth took over the Presidency during 24: Deadline, on the same day as, but after the events of Day 8, after Taylor resigned from office due to her complicity in the cover-up of the assassination of IRK President Omar Hassan. It is unknown if Hayworth ran for re-election or if he was defeated by Heller.
Day 9- President Heller (William Devane) James Heller Live Another Day Alive Secretary of Defense
Former Secretary of Defense Heller became President, presumably either defeating Hayworth in the primaries or general election. Despite his worsening condition of Alzheimer's, he stuck out his position as President, joining forces with fugitive Jack Bauer to prevent an oncoming drone attack from British terrorist Margot Al-Harazi. Following Al-Harazi's defeat, Heller was forced to deal with a military conflict with China after rogue operative Cheng Zhi tricked a U.S. submarine into sinking the Chinese carrier Shenyang. Though the conflict was eventually stopped, Heller indicated he would not remain in office much longer, due to his deteriorating mental faculties.

Background information and notes Edit

  • No President on 24 has ever been re-elected. David Palmer did not run for re-election, John Keeler and Wayne Palmer were incapacitated, Charles Logan was arrested and removed from office, Noah Daniels lost to Allison Taylor, and Allison Taylor and James Heller resigned from office. Assuming they became President, Hal Gardner and Mitchell Hayworth either did not run for a full term of their own, or lost their re-election bids to Wayne Palmer and James Heller respectively.
  • Of the 4 actors who portrayed US Presidents on 24 and who took part in the Main Cast, three of them have been nominated for their work on the show. Dennis Haysbert (David Palmer) was Nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2002, Gregory Itzin (Charles Logan) was Nominated for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 and for best Guest Actor in 2010, and Cherry Jones (Allison Taylor) won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2009 becoming the only actor besides Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Clarke to have won an award for their work on 24.
  • David Palmer is the only President to serve a full term on 24. His brother Wayne, ironically, was the shortest-lasting President seen on the show, being in office for only around three months. Noah Daniels, who served out the remainder of Wayne's term, is therefore the show's second-longest-serving President.
  • David Palmer (during Season 3) and James Heller (during 24: Live Another Day) are the only Presidents to appear in all episodes of a season. David Palmer and Allison Taylor are the only Presidents to last two seasons in office, however, Palmer was briefly unseated in Season 2 on account of 25th Amendment proceedings.
  • The only definite party affiliation mentioned during the series was that David Palmer (and by extension, James Prescott) ran on the Democratic ticket. It's commonly assumed that Wayne Palmer and Noah Daniels were the only other Democratic Presidents on the show, with all other Presidents belonging to the Republican party, although this has never been established for certain.

Notes about points of uncertain presidential succession:

  • Season 1 is the only season not to feature an on-screen President. Two of the 24 Declassified novels have posited that Harry Barnes was President in Day 1 and was defeated by David Palmer in the subsequent election.
  • As Bill Buchanan noted during Season 5, Hal Gardner was to be sworn in as President following Charles Logan's resignation, and although it is never confirmed on-screen, no reason is given to suggest Bill was proven wrong in his comment.
  • Allison Taylor stated that she would be resigning sometime after Day 8, however no-one was mentioned as being her successor to the presidency. Mitchell Hayworth was her Vice President during Day 7, but he was not mentioned at all in Season 8; however, in 24: Deadline, he was confirmed to be her successor.

There have been many actors on 24 who have played the Commander In-Chief of the U.S. in other media:

  • William Devane portrayed John F. Kennedy in the TV dramatization The Missiles of October (1974)
  • Benito Martinez played the President in the final season of The Unit (2009)
  • Roger Cross played said role in the TV disaster movie Polar Storm (2009)
  • William Devane played a presidential role in the Stargate SG-1 TV series (2004)
  • Devane also played a fictional president in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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