List of fictional United States presidencies of historical figures (M–O)
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The following is a list of real or historical people who have been portrayed as President of the United States in fiction, although they did not hold the office in real life. This is done either as an alternate history scenario, or occasionally for humorous purposes. Also included are actual US presidents with a fictional presidency at a different time and/or under different circumstances than the one in actual history.
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- 1.1 Douglas MacArthur
- 1.2 James Madison
- 1.3 Alfred Thayer Mahan
- 1.4 George Marshall
- 1.5 Thomas R. Marshall
- 1.6 John McCain
- 1.7 Eugene McCarthy
- 1.8 Joseph McCarthy
- 1.9 George B. McClellan
- 1.10 John William McCormack
- 1.11 George McGovern
- 1.12 William McKinley
- 1.13 James B. McPherson
- 1.14 Andrew Mellon
- 1.15 H. L. Mencken
- 1.16 Walter Mondale
- 1.17 James Monroe
- 1.18 Marilyn Monroe
- 1.19 Thomas More
- 1.20 Gouverneur Morris
- 1.21 Charlie Murphy
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- 4 References
- President in: Resistance: A Hole in the Sky
- 35th President of the United States.
- Commander of the United States Armed Forces during the Chimeran War.
- Became Acting President of the United States following the death of President Harvey McCullen during the Chimera's invasion of the U.S. in 1953.
- Killed in action against the Chimera in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953.
- Succeeded by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Thomas Voss.
- In a parallel universe featured in the short story "He Walked Around the Horses" by H. Beam Piper, James Madison was a major participant in the short-lived rebellion in the colonies of the British North America in the 1770s. In 1809, he was living in exile in Switzerland. A seemingly insane individual who claimed to be a British diplomat named Benjamin Bathurst maintained that the American rebels were successful in their attempts to achieve independence, Madison was the current President of the United States in 1809 and was preceded by Thomas Jefferson, the author of the American rebels' Declaration of Philadelphia.
- In the short story "The War of '07" by Jayge Carr in the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, James Madison served as Attorney General in the cabinet of Aaron Burr, who became the 3rd president after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the 1800 election.
- In Harry Turtledove's alternative history series Southern Victory, James Madison served as the 4th president from March 4, 1809 to March 4, 1817, as he did in real life. Due to his Virginia heritage as well as his anti-Federalist views, Madison was generally remembered unfavorably in the version of history taught in the United States after the Confederate States of America achieved its independence in the War of Secession (1861–1862) with the support of the United Kingdom and France. Many in the United States presumed that Cassius Madison, the 16-year-old Confederate black boy who had killed Confederate States President Jake Featherston on July 7, 1944, had taken his surname in honor of President Madison. In fact, Cassius had taken it from the Georgia town nearest to where he had gunned down Featherston. He had never even heard of Madison before he began his tour of the United States after the end of the Second Great War (1941–1944).
- In the 1988 short story The Reploids by Stephen King, Edward Paladin, who is revealed to be the counterpart of Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in a parallel universe, has a deep-blue United States one-dollar bill in his wallet with James Madison on it, implying that he served as the first president of the United States instead of George Washington in Paladin's universe.
- In the alternative history novels The Great War: Walk in Hell and American Empire: Blood and Iron, part of the Southern Victory Series by Harry Turtledove, Alfred Thayer Mahan is mentioned as having served as president from 1889 to 1897. Mahan's place in the pantheon of "great US presidents" was assured when he forced the Confederate States of America to abandon its proposal to build a canal in Nicaragua. President Mahan was credited with the observation that the main problem with republics is that "over time, the voters are apt to get tired of paying for what their country needs to defend itself." He was succeeded by Thomas Brackett Reed, who served as president from 1897 until he died in office in 1902.
- President in "Thor Meets Captain America", 1987 novelette by David Brin
- Mentioned as being president in 1962, three years after his death in real life.
- In the 1953 alternate history novel Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore, Thomas Marshall is elected president in 1916 as candidate for the Populist Party. He is then defeated for reelection in 1920 by William Hale Thompson.
- In the short story Peace in Our Times by Edith F. Milner, following the severe stroke which in October 1919 completely incapacitated President Woodrow Wilson, a group of Congressional leaders initiated a joint resolution of both Houses calling upon Vice President Thomas Marshall to assume full power as Acting President, "Until such time as the President is able to take up his duties again". In the event, Marshall retained power until the end of Wilson's term - an effort by First Lady Edith Wilson to have her husband resume his duties when his condition improved a bit failing when doctors examined Wilson and unanimously found him "still far too weak". The most urgent issue on Marshall's agenda was to secure the United States' adherence to the League of Nations and overcome the strong opposition on Capitol Hill. Opponents especially attacked the treaty's tenth article, which they believed would allow the United States to be bound in an alliance to European countries that could force the country's return to war without an act of Congress. Negotiating with European leaders, Marshall secured a change making that contentious tenth article non-binding. He then managed to let US adherence to the League of Nations be ratified after a long and tense Congressional debate, including several filibusters. The debate confirmed Marshall's reputation as a strong, decisive leader, and in the 1920 election he easily gained the Democratic nomination and swept to power, with Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his running mate. Marshall took a strong anti-isolationist line, declaring at his inauguration: "For a hundred years we Americans deluded ourselves that wide oceans divide us from the wider world and that we can afford to turn a blind eye to the problems of other continents. But that egg was shattered to small pieces on the day when the Lusitania was sunk, and no amount of hand-wringing can put it back together again. When we went to war, the United States had taken on a decisive responsibility for the fate of Europe, of the entire world. We cannot shrug off this responsibility once our boys have come home again. We dare not - lest a new generation of American boys, twenty years hence, be asked to shed their blood on European soil all over again!". In his term, Marshall took considerable effort to consolidate an anti-isolationist bloc in Congress, often intervening in various Congressional races. In Europe, he put considerable pressure on British and French leaders to soften the more harsh terms imposed on Germany in the Versailles Treaty. It was especially due to him that Germany was allowed to stop paying war reparations in 1925, shortly before Marshall's death. Franklin Roosevelt, who succeeded to the Presidency and was re-elected in 1928, continued Marshall's policy, which eventually became a bi-partisan policy followed by all Presidents in the following decades. As part of this policy of "American Vigilance Over the Peace of Europe", in January 1933 the American Ambassador to Berlin informally but firmly cautioned German President Hindenburg against appointing "an irresponsible firebrand" named Adolf Hitler as German Chancellor. The warning was seconded by the British and French Ambassadors. Although leaked to some sensational papers, who complained of "American interference in German internal affairs", the allegations were denied by the State Department and the German Presidential Bureau alike. Hitler eventually dropped from view, failing to secure re-election to the German Parliament. In 2020, large scale celebrations were held in Geneva to mark the League of Nations Centenary. World leaders gathered to unveil a giant statue of Thomas Marshall, the inscription reading "The Family of Nations will ever cherish the memory of the Great Pioneer, whose Strong Leadership helped give Humanity a Century of Peace".
- In the future history graphic novel Shooting War by Anthony Lappé, McCain was president in 2011.
- In the Treehouse of Horror XIX episode of The Simpsons, Homer attempts to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election but his electronic voting machine registers his multiple attempts to do so as six votes for McCain; upon realizing that the machine is rigged, Homer attempts to head out to report the mishap, but the machine sucks him in and kills him to hide the truth.
- President in Robert O'Connel's "Cuban Crisis: Second Holocaust". He was elected as the 38th president in 1968, in the long aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 which escalated into nuclear war. The US reacted drastically to the destruction of Washington, D.C. by totally destroying the Soviet Union and Cuba and killing some 90% of their populations. It was subsequently accused of having perpetrated genocide. Richard Nixon, who as elected as the 37th president in 1964, had driven the US into complete international isolation and made it a pariah nation. McCarthy soundly defeated the incumbent Nixon in 1968, promising "global reconciliation and healing" and winning no less than 76% of the popular vote. McCarthy's success as president was only partial. He did reduce the American nuclear arsenal but refused to completely dispose of it, which the rest of the world found inadequate. He did manage to re-establish diplomatic relations with 21 countries and got the US an observer status in the United Nations, stating that it would become a full member again only should the UN drop the demand for the US to pay war reparations. McCarthy did provide generous US help in trying to rehabilitate the starving and radiation-ridden remnants of the populations of "The Victim Nations" (the Soviet Union, Cuba, and former Warsaw Pact countries). However, shortly before the 1972 election, a commission headed by Newt Gingrich (in his role as Archivist of the United States) presented to President McCarthy its recommendations – with the conclusion that the US would only be fully readmitted to the Family of Nations by adhering to the "Geneva Convention of the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons", already accepted by all other countries in the world.
- In the alternate history short story "We Could Do Worse" by Gregory Benford, Joseph McCarthy was chosen in 1952 as the Republican vice presidential candidate by nominee Robert A. Taft, a choice made with the tacit support of California Senator Richard Nixon. When Taft died on July 31, 1953 (as in real life), McCarthy became the 35th president. By the 1956 election, when the story took place, he was well on his way to establishing a brutal dictatorship. The story indicates McCarthy would be re-elected with Nixon as his running mate, using considerable voter intimidation provided by federal agents, and would "diddle" the United States Constitution to make his power permanent by 1960. At some point during his first term, President McCarthy had placed Adlai Stevenson, Taft's Democratic opponent in 1952, under house arrest due to his alleged Communist sympathies. The story depicted two federal agents arresting a congressman named Garrett, a member of the United States House of Representatives' Internal Security Committee who has proven to be a major thorn in McCarthy's side, on the trumped up charge that he was part of a Communist spy network. Shortly thereafter, Garrett was murdered. The arrest took place on August 20, 1956 while the first day of the Republican National Convention was being broadcast live on CBS. After being renominated by his party, President McCarthy was interviewed by Walter Cronkite. The two federal agents in question were grateful that Nixon delivered the California delegation to Taft at the 1952 Convention as it prevented Dwight D. Eisenhower, a "pinko general" with a "Kraut name," from securing the nomination. Furthermore, they regarded Taft's death as a godsend as it allowed McCarthy to accede to the presidency. In reality, McCarthy died of acute hepatitis on May 2, 1957. If the same is true of the version of McCarthy depicted in the story, it is possible that Nixon will succeed him as the 36th president only seven months after the 1956 election.
- George McClellan is President in Gray Victory by Robert Skimin. He was elected as the 17th president in 1864 after General Sherman failed to take Atlanta, leading to Northern voters feeling fatigue with the never-ending American Civil War. Upon learning the result of the election, Abraham Lincoln orders an immediate cease-fire, which McClellan follows with peace negotiations and recognition of the Confederate States of America which accounted themselves as victors of the war. McClellan was sharply criticized by abolitionists for having perpetuated slavery, and two years after his election a growing number of Americans are having second thoughts about having ended the war.
- He was the 36th President of the United States in "The Cuban Missile Crisis: Second Holocaust" (an essay in What Ifs? of American History) by Robert L. O'Connell. As Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, McCormack succeeded John F. Kennedy following a nuclear strike on Washington D.C. on Saturday, October 27, 1962 as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into the Two Days' War. A Russian SS-4 (R-12 Dvina) IRBM (launched from Cuba) detonated above the Lincoln Memorial, leveling much of the surrounding area, including The White House, taking with it Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the rest of the National Command Authority. At nearly 71 upon assuming office, McCormack became the oldest serving president. Falling into ill health following his admirable handling of the crises that followed the war, he did not contest the 1964 presidential election, and was succeeded by the Republican victor Richard Nixon, who became the 37th president.
- In the alternative history novel Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? by Bryce Zabel, McCormack acceded to the presidency on February 24, 1966 after the impeachment, trial and removal from office of President John F. Kennedy for multiple incidents of extramarital affairs both before and during his term in office. As Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson had been forced to resign due to allegations of bribery and financial malfeasance, McCormack's position as Speaker of the House of Representatives meant that he was the first in the line of succession to the presidency under the provisions of the Presidential Succession Act 1947. For a time, it appeared that his Republican predecessor Gerald Ford would become president, but the Democrats gained a slim majority of 218-217 in the House of Representatives and McCormack once again became the Speaker. At 75 years old, he was the oldest man to take office as president. In March 1966, McCormack gave Kennedy a pardon for any crimes which he committed or may have committed while in office. He also announced that he would not run for election in 1968. He was succeeded by Richard Nixon.
- In one of the episodes What If?, program of Discovery Channel, George McGovern was appointed vice president after Martin Luther King, Jr. took office as the 38th president following the assassination of his predecessor Robert F. Kennedy in September 1969. After King was likewise assassinated in September 1971, McGovern became the 39th president.
- He was also the subject of the novel President McGovern's First Term (1973) by Nicholas Max.
- In the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, two stories deal with McGovern winning the 1972 election and becoming the 38th president. In both stories, his vice president was Sargent Shriver, the brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy. In "Suppose They Gave a Peace..." by Susan Shwartz, McGovern wins when the youth vote turns out for him in droves, and is then blamed for the debacle that occurs when he swiftly withdraws US troops from South Vietnam. In "Paper Trail" by Brian Thomsen, the tide turns for McGovern after reporter Carl Bernstein, investigating a break-in at the Watergate complex, is killed in a hit-and-run accident which is very quickly linked to G. Gordon Liddy.
- George McGovern was also elected in 1972 in one of the alternative timelines featured in Paul Di Filippo's Fuzzy Dice. In this case, he was narrowly elected after President Richard Nixon had undergone an assassination attempt and become completely paranoid, waging a crackdown on real and imagined domestic foes as well as a huge escalation of the Vietnam War, and setting off a huge explosion of countrywide riots. Unfortunately, the riots continue and even increase after McGovern's election and a call by the new president for a return to calm proves completely ineffective. McGovern rejects a call in Congress to use the Army to quell the riots, leading to an attempted impeachment. Some military commanders try repression on their own, killing civilians and only adding to the ferocity of the riots. Eventually, the country is plunged into chaos, all-out civil war, and eventually the total collapse of the Old Order. When the book's protagonist arrives some decades later, he finds a "Hippie-style" dictatorship presided over by the monstrous Lady Sunshine and with Hells Angels acting as the police, and the final fate of McGovern is unknown.
- Although not actually specified, in The Fairly OddParents episode The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker, Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda travel back to March 15, 1972 and accidentally cause Denzel Crocker to lose his Fairy Godparents, who happen to be that time's counterparts to Cosmo and Wanda. As punishment, Jorgen Von Strangle forbids them from ever going to March 1972 again but tells them that they'll still be allowed to visit other months of that year on the proviso they won't ruin the election of "President McGovern". This suggests that Timmy was somehow responsible for McGovern's defeat or that Jorgen didn't know that George McGovern would lose the presidential election to Nixon.
- In the short story, "Hillary Orbits Venus" by Pamela Sargent, McGovern was elected in 1968 and 1972. During his term, he withdrew US troops from Vietnam and expanded funding to NASA.
- In Ward Moore's novel Bring the Jubilee, one of the time travelling characters in the alternative reality witnessed the victory of the Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 presidential election where he had to resist the temptation of covering the confident bets made by McKinley's supporters, who were unaware that Bryan would go on to serve three terms as president. President Bryan was the candidate for both the Democratic Party and the Populist Party.
- In the short story "Plowshare" by Martha Soukup in the anthology Alternate Presidentsby Mike Resnick, William Jennings Bryan was elected as the 25th president in 1896 over William McKinley. President Bryan ended the Spanish–American War by granting full independence to Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Only 36 years old at the time of his election, he was the youngest man ever elected to the presidency. President Bryan served one term from 1897 to 1901, declining to run for re-election in 1900 as he believed that presidents should only serve one term. In spite of this, in 1915, he revealed to the American public that he intended to prevent the expected Republican presidential nominee Theodore Roosevelt's plan to take the US into the Great War from coming to fruition by running against him and defeating him in the 1916 election. During his presidency, Bryan was a vocal supporter of women's suffrage, which was granted throughout the United States in 1913.
- In the alternative history novel 1901 by Robert Conroy, William McKinley died of a sudden heart attack in 1901 after being overwhelmed by the invasion of Long Island by Germany. He was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt, who became the 26th president and went on to win the war against Germany.
- President McNamara – presumably Robert S. McNamara
- President in Thomas M. Disch's 1968 science fiction novel, Camp Concentration.
- In If the South Had Won the Civil War by MacKinlay Kantor, James McPherson survived and became President of United States for two terms in the 1880s. During his Second Inaugural Speech he strongly called for reconciliation with the Confederate States, arguing that the war ending in 1863 saved the lives of many who would have been killed had it dragged on. This was warmly received south of the Mason–Dixon line, became part of the school curriculum and helped achieve an eventual reunification (though it only came long after his death). (In actual history, James McPherson was a Union officer who was killed in 1864; this did not happen in Kantor's alternative timeline, where the war ended in 1863 with a decisive Confederate victory.)
- President in 1926, in the Alternative History/Time Travel story "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling, featuring a history in which the First World War was avoided and the Austro-Hungarian Empire survived.
- The story, taking place in Vienna, makes only a passing reference to Mellon. In general, the alternative 1926 featured in the story has a worldwide trend favoring Conservative politicians and regimes, the Presidency of the Conservative Republican Mellon being an evident part of this.
- In the alternative history novel The Probability Broach as part of the North American Confederacy Series by L. Neil Smith in which the United States became a libertarian state after a successful Whiskey Rebellion and the overthrowing and execution of George Washington by firing squad for treason in 1794, H. L. Mencken served as the 19th president of the North American Confederacy from 1928 until his death in 1933. He killed his vice president in a duel and was subsequently killed himself by his vice president's mother. After his death, the Continental Congress choose Frank Chodorov as his successor.
- In the short story "Huddled Masses" by Lawrence Person contained in the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, Mondale defeated Ronald Reagan in the 1984 Presidential Election to become the 41st president. His vice president was Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first woman to hold the office. As a result, the Sandinista National Liberation Front movement expanded, causing a civil war in Mexico. This was followed by an invasion from the United States and a massive influx of Latin American refugees into the American Southwest.
- In the American Dad! episode "The Best Christmas Story Never Told", Stan Smith went back in time and altered history. After defeating Ronald Reagan in 1984, Walter Mondale surrendered the United States to the Soviet Union after his 74th day in office.
- In the alternative history novel The Probability Broach as part of the North American Confederacy Series by L. Neil Smith in which the United States became a libertarian state after a successful Whiskey Rebellion and the overthrowing and execution of George Washington by firing squad for treason in 1794, James Monroe helps Albert Gallatin arrange the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, borrowing money from private sources against the value if the land. On July 4, 1826, he would become the 5th president following the death of Thomas Jefferson and would serve until his own death five years later on July 4, 1831.
- In Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory alternative history series, James Monroe served as the 5th president from March 4, 1817 to March 4, 1825, as he did in real life. He was from Virginia, a trait which consigned his predecessors Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and even George Washington to being remembered in a mixed or negative light by US historians following the War of Secession (1861–1862) in which the Confederate States of America achieved its independence with the support of the United Kingdom and France. In spite of this, Monroe was looked upon kindly in US history books for his attempt to promote American security and international prestige with the Monroe Doctrine. This doctrine was eviscerated in 1862 when, given the victory of the Confederacy, the US was powerless to prevent France from installing Maximilian I as the Emperor of Mexico.
- In Edward Baxter's short story "The Disaster of '23", the proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 provoked an angry reaction by the United Kingdom, France and Russia, which declared war on the United States and imposed a devastating naval blockade on its shores. With the American economy in shambles, President James Monroe was eventually forced to capitulate, rescind his doctrine and officially recognize the right of European powers to intervene at their discretion in the affairs of the American continents. Monroe was subjected to impeachment proceedings for having brought this disaster upon the US. He narrowly survived the vote, but left the Presidency under a cloud, considered one of the worst Presidents in US history. In subsequent decades, the United States was increasingly weakened and reduced to a dependent status, with the British and French Ambassadors constantly and openly intervening in American elections and building up factions in Congress favorable to their countries' interests. The US was flooded with the products of European - particularly British - industry and never managed to build up its own industrial base. In 1917, Imperial Germany achieved a complete victory over Britain and France and became the dominant world power, the German Ambassador in Washington henceforward acting as a de facto military governor.
- In the short story "A Dream Can Make A Difference" by Beth Meacham, contained in the anthology By Any Other Fame, Marilyn Monroe survived her drug overdose on August 5, 1962 and subsequently entered politics. She was elected as the Governor of California in 1970, defeating the Republican incumbent and her fellow former Hollywood star Ronald Reagan. She went on to be elected as the first female President of the United States in 1980 with Jimmy Carter as her running mate. After only 69 days in office, President Monroe was assassinated in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981 by John Hinckley, Jr. as the culmination of an effort to impress Jodie Foster. She was succeeded by Carter. After William Henry Harrison, who died on his 32nd day in office on April 4, 1841, she was the second shortest-serving president in US history.
- Thomas More served as President in the story "The New Utopia" by Bernard C. Cowper. In 2096, he was brought out of the past – taken out of the very moment of his beheading by order of Henry VIII of England and a perfect simulacrum placed in his place, the substitution being invisible to 16th Century people. Given a crash course in the history of the past five hundred years and offered the Presidency of the United States, as a desperate last measure to stop the complete demoralizing and breakdown of society – which he accepts after prolonged pondering. Voted unanimously into office by all voters who bother to show up at the polls – which is less than four percent of the American citizen body. The ambiguous ending leaves unclear whether or not he succeeded in his efforts to reverse the degeneration of American society and create the New Utopia of the title.
- President in: "Under the Dark Cloud" by Abigail Stanton Wade.
- In the story, a fierce hurricane broke out during the Battle of Long Island, scattering the Royal Navy ships and drowning many of them, with devastating losses for the British. Also many of the British troops on land were decimated by the storm, their commander William Howe being killed by a falling tree - while American troops escaped virtually unscathed. This outcome, coming at the very moment when the American Revolutionary cause seemed on the verge of losing New York City to the British, was widely perceived as an act of Divine Providence. During a mass Thanksgiving ceremony at the New York's Trinity Church, a preacher referred to George Washington as "God's Anointed" - a usage which was soon taken up by others. With Washington winning several more notable victories against the British, a growing number of people started to seriously regard him as "God's Chosen", entrusted with "a Divine Mission". Washington cultivated this phenomenon for political purposes - but in the following years he seemed to start believing in it himself. The Washington cult of personality reached its peak when he brought the war to a successful conclusion in January 1779 - forcing the British to recognize American independence. The Constitutional Convention, held at 1782 in New York, was dominated by Washington and his supporters. The Constitution adopted provided for a President elected for life (and there was little doubt who it would be), a Senate whose members would likewise sit for life, and a House of Representatives elected by limited franchise. The "Washington Constitution" alienated many Democrats who withdrew in protest when the Convention failed to include a Bill of Rights. Gouverneur Morris, originally a friend and staunch supporter of George Washington, was repelled by what he perceived as Washington's increasing authoritarianism, arrogance and intolerance towards anyone who opposed him. Morris sought to promote a compromise between Washington and his opponents - but in vain. Soon after Washington assumed the Life Presidency, an armed rebellion broke out - which at Washington's order was put down with considerable brutality. Washington's opponents were driven underground - but after half a year, three of them managed to assassinate Washington. Thereupon, the United States was plunged into a full-scale civil war. This was exacerbated by the British reneging on the agreement, launching a large-scale invasion of the US and attempting to put in place a puppet President. Forces loyal to Thomas Jefferson succeeded in repulsing the British invasion and breaking up the last of the die-hard Washingtonians - but Jefferson was himself killed in the last battle. In the aftermath, Gouverneur Morris came to the fore in the efforts to achieve reconciliation - specifically, in convening a new Constitutional Convention. The Washington Constitution was scrapped. The new Constitution, much of it drafted by Morris, provided for a President elected for a single six-year term and ineligible for re-election, an elected Senate except for five Life Senators, and a Bill of Rights comprising thirteen articles. The new Constitution gained wide support and Gouverneur Morris was elected President by a large majority. He considered the furthering of reconciliation as his main task, and got nicknamed "The Great Healer". After his death, Congress bestowed upon him the title "Father of His Country" and resolved to count him as having been First President of the United States - the Washington Years being dismissed as "an interregnum".
- President in the Saturday Night Live skit A Glimpse of Our Possible Future III (2000), played by Jimmy Fallon.
- In the alternative history novel If Israel Lost the War by Robert Littell, Richard Z. Chesnoff and Edward Klein, Israel was defeated by Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq in the Six-Day War (June 5-June 10, 1967). As Sirhan Sirhan returned home to Jordan to celebrate the conquest of Israel, Robert F. Kennedy was never assassinated and went on to defeat Richard Nixon in the 1968 election, becoming the 37th president.
- In Poul Anderson's The Psychotechnic League, Vice President Richard Nixon succeeded as the 35th president in June 1956, following the death of President Dwight D. Eisenhower from surgical complications. Becoming president as a relatively young man of 43, only a few years removed from his active participation in the House Un-American Activities Committee and with his anti-Communist zeal untampered by the pragmatism he might have gained in later life, Nixon embarked on a wild, provocative and confrontational policy. This resulted by 1958 in a worldwide nuclear war, in which President Nixon himself was killed along with hundreds of millions of other people.
- In the alternative history novel The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith in which the United States became a libertarian state known as the North American Confederacy, Richard Nixon was a small-time criminal in California in 1986.
- In Making History by Stephen Fry, the protagonist Michael Young and physicist Leo Zuckerman (born Axel Bauer) accidentally created an alternate reality wherein the Axis Powers won the Second World War by preventing Hitler's conception in the hope of preventing the Second World War and the Holocaust. In this reality, whereby Hitler is replaced with the more effective Rudolph Gloder, a more socially conservative United States locked in a Cold War with the Third Reich, with Richard Nixon being mentioned as having served three terms between 1960 and 1972.
- In the time travel short story "Hindsight" by Harry Turtledove, Nixon's presidency was fictionalized two decades before the Watergate scandal (1972–1974) in the 1953 novel Watergate by Michelle Gordian, a time traveler from the early 1980s who wrote science fiction stories under the pseudonym "Mark Gordian." The novel was critically acclaimed and was compared to Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Senator Joseph McCarthy publicly criticized Watergate which Pete Lundquist, a science fiction writer from California, believed spoke well of it. As Nixon was serving as vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, Gordian referred to him as "President Cavanaugh" in the novel.
- In Watchmen, Richard Nixon was on his fifth term as president after winning the Vietnam War in 1985 and making Vietnam the 51st state of the Union. He is challenged for re-election by Robert Redford in 1988.
- In the alternative history Dark Future novel series by Kim Newman, Richard Nixon defeated John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election after it was discovered that Kennedy was having an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Under Nixon's leadership, the Solid Sixties were seen as a golden age of peace, stability and decent moral values in the United States. Legal restrictions were removed from businesses, allowing for both technological advancement and ending regulations against pollution. Racial strife was considered to be ended by the separate but equal laws. He was succeeded by Barry Goldwater.
- In the alternative history short story "We Could Do Worse" by Gregory Benford, Senator Robert A. Taft secured the Republican presidential nomination at the 1952 Republican National Convention, narrowly beating General Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the support of the California delegation which was delivered by Richard Nixon. In the election the following November, Taft defeated Adlai Stevenson and was inaugurated as the 34th president on January 20, 1953. However, after only six months in office, President Taft died of a heart attack on July 31, 1953, as occurred in reality. He was succeeded by his vice president Joseph McCarthy. By the 1956 election, when the story takes place, President McCarthy was well on his way to establishing a brutal dictatorship. The story indicates McCarthy would be re-elected with Nixon as his running mate, using considerable voter intimidation provided by federal agents, and would "diddle" the United States Constitution to make his power permanent by 1960. Two federal agents, the principal characters of the story, were grateful for Nixon's part in facilitating the late President Taft's nomination as it prevented Eisenhower, a "pinko general" with a "Kraut name", from being elected president. In reality, McCarthy died of acute hepatitis on May 2, 1957. If the same is true of the version of McCarthy depicted in the story, it is possible that Nixon will succeed him as the 36th president less than seven months after the 1956 election.
- In the alternative timeline created by Biff Tannen in Back to the Future Part II, the May 23, 1983 edition of the Hill Valley Telegraph carries the story that Richard Nixon intends to run for a fifth term in 1984, having seemingly been re-elected in 1976 and 1980 with Biff's support. He pledges to successfully conclude the Vietnam War by 1985, a reference to the events of Watchmen. Once the proper timeline is restored, the story is replaced by one which states that Ronald Reagan intends to run for a second term in 1984.
- In the short story "The Impeachment of Adlai Stevenson" by David Gerrold contained in the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, the title character defeated Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 after Eisenhower made the mistake of choosing Joseph McCarthy as his running mate instead of Richard Nixon. However, Stevenson proved to be an extremely unpopular president, leading to his impeachment and subsequent resignation in August 1958. Stevenson is succeeded by his untested 41-year-old vice-president John F. Kennedy. Although the story ends immediately after Stevenson has decided to resign, it is heavily implied that Nixon, already the front runner for the next Republican nomination, will defeat Kennedy in the 1960 election and become the 36th president. This is due both to the public's antipathy towards the Democrats and the fact that Kennedy is a much derided figure due to his recent marriage to the Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe, referred to derisively as "the new Monroe Doctrine."
- In the short story "Heavy Metal" by Barry N. Malzberg, also contained in the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, Richard Nixon was elected as the 35th president in 1960 following a feud between John F. Kennedy and Richard J. Daley. He won Illinois and, consequently, the election by 240,000 votes. He succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower, under whom he had served as vice president from 1953 to 1961. His own vice president was Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr..
- In the short story "Fellow Americans" by Eileen Gunn, also contained in the anthology Alternate Presidents by Mike Resnick, Barry Goldwater defeated the early favorite and incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and went on to be re-elected in 1968. During his term in office, President Goldwater ordered that nuclear weapons be deployed against North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Following his "last press conference" on November 7, 1962 immediately after his defeat in the 1962 California gubernatorial election to the Democratic incumbent Pat Brown, Richard Nixon retired from politics. As President Goldwater had never liked nor trusted Dwight D. Eisenhower's former vice president, he was pleased that Nixon had never acceded to the nation's highest office. However, Nixon re-entered the public sphere in an entirely different context eight years later. Despite an uneasy relationship with the media dating back to the Checkers speech during the 1952 presidential election campaign, he parlayed his electoral defeat into television success and was given a late-night talk show entitled Tricky Dick (referring to his most famous political nickname) on NBC in 1970. Much to Goldwater's annoyance, the series garnered high ratings from its inception and, by 1990, was still as popular as ever despite being on its twentieth season. He believed that it was time for the 77-year-old Nixon to retire from television as well as politics. At the beginning of every episode, Nixon made the V sign, which became his trademark. Much of Nixon's continued popularity was attributed to his use of self-deprecating humor as he frequently made jokes about his defeat by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election and the perceived ineffectual nature of the office of vice president. In a 1990 edition of Tricky Dick in which he was supposedly connected to a lie detector, he admitted that he and his wife Pat Nixon had tried LSD in 1965 (before it was made illegal) which they had obtained from a Hollywood couple. After taking the LSD, Nixon imagined himself to be a submarine whereas his wife cried at the thought of all of the music trapped inside their piano. Long resident in Hollywood, the Nixon's owned a luxurious yacht and frequently entertained various actors and politicians on the boat. For instance, they maintained a friendship with Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn Quayle. While the two couples relaxed in the yacht's hot tub, Nixon learned that it was Quayle's ambition to one day send a manned mission to Mars, though President George H. W. Bush was considerably more skeptical about its viability.
- In the alternative history novel The Two Georges by Harry Turtledove and Richard Dreyfuss, Richard "Honest Dick" Nixon was a prosperous used-steamer salesman in the North American Union city of New Liverpool. He was the murdered by the Sons of Liberty, a terrorist organisation, as a distraction during the theft of the Thomas Gainsborough painting The Two Georges from the Governor-General's mansion in June 1995. Shockingly, his murder was the fifth by gunfire in New Liverpool since the beginning of the year.
- In the alternative history novel Branch Point by Mona Clee, Richard Nixon was assassinated during the 1968 presidential election campaign, as were Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy. Running as the American Independent Party candidate, George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama, won the election that November and became the 37th president. His vice president was the retired USAF General Curtis LeMay.
- In the alternative history anthology Back in the USSA by Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne, Richard Nixon was the fourth president of the United Socialist States of America (USSA), succeeding Barry Goldwater. Nixon served as a parallel to Leonid Brezhnev, as Goldwater was this world's version of Nikita Khrushchev.
- In the television series Futurama, Nixon's head (like the heads of other public figures from the viewers' past and present) has been preserved in a jar of H2OG fat liquid. In the episode "A Head in the Polls", Nixon is elected as the President of Earth in the year 3000. Nixon appears as president in several later episodes, such as "Time Keeps On Slippin'" and "A Taste of Freedom". He was re-elected president in "Decision 3012".
- In the alternative history novel Colonization: Down to Earth as part of the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove, Richard Nixon was a congressman who represented California. In 1963, Liu Han, a leading member of the Chinese Communist Party, lobbied Nixon and a number of other members of Congress for military aid for his party's resistance against the Race's colonization of China. Congressman Nixon was hesitant to support a communist party due to his ardent anti-communism but was convinced to acquiesce when Liu Han bluntly told him, "You help us, you help people go free from Lizards."
- In the Elseworlds comic book miniseries Superman: Red Son, Richard Nixon defeated John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election but was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
- In one of the alternative timelines featured in Paul Di Filippo's Fuzzy Dice, during the 1972 election campaign, Arthur Bremer attempted to kill President Nixon rather than George Wallace. The assassination attempt drove Nixon into an increasingly paranoid crackdown on real and imagined domestic foes as well as a huge escalation of the Vietnam War, setting off a huge explosion of countrywide riots. A few weeks before the elections, Nixon proclaimed martial law – which only escalated the riots and caused the narrow victory of George McGovern. Nixon died of a stroke at the conclusion of a hate-filled farewell speech. In later centuries, he was remembered as a satanic figure, "The Weasel".
- In another timeline mentioned in Di Filippo's same book, Richard Nixon single-handedly saved the Earth from an alien invasion by letting himself be abducted and experimented upon by extraterrestrials, and was for many centuries thereafter venerated worldwide as "The Savior".
- In the counterfactual history essay "Cuban Crisis: Second Holocaust" by Robert L. O'Connell contained in the anthology What Ifs? of American History, Richard Nixon was elected in 1964. He succeeded John William McCormack as the 37th president, two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into nuclear war, in which Washington, D.C. was destroyed and the US retaliated drastically by totally destroying the Soviet Union and Cuba, killing 90% of their populations. He became president at a time when the United States was being internationally accused of having perpetrated genocide, the "Second Holocaust" of the title. Nixon won the election after a famous "nothing to be ashamed of" speech, and completely refused any suggestion at nuclear disarmament of the US even though its Soviet foe no longer existed. He presided over the disintegration of NATO, from which all members but the US withdrew, and expelled the United Nations from New York City after all other members of the General Assembly unanimously condemned the US. Nixon declared the 1968 election "a referendum on national security" but was defeated with a huge margin by Eugene McCarthy, who promised "global reconciliation and healing".
- In the parallel universe featured in the comic book newuniversal by Warren Ellis, Richard Nixon defeated John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election.
- In the alternative history novel Settling Accounts: The Grapple by Harry Turtledove, Richard Nixon was a soldier in the United States Army during the Second Great War (1941–1944) who was a specialist in sweeping for surveillance equipment. He was stationed in Philadelphia in 1943. His immediate superior was Sgt. Carl Bernstein.
- In the parallel universe featured in Fringe, Richard Nixon's portrait was used on the silver dollar coins. Furthermore, there was a Nixon Parkway in Manhatan, New York.
- In the alternative history novel The Man Who Prevented WW2 by Roy Carter, Richard Nixon was elected president in 1952. His predecessor was Thomas E. Dewey.
- In the alternative history novel Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? by Bryce Zabel, Richard Nixon defeated his Democratic opponent Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine in the 1968 election, becoming the 37th president. His immediate predecessor was John William McCormack, who acceded to the presidency on February 24, 1966 following the impeachment, trial and removal from office of President John F. Kennedy. In November 1969, Nixon reluctantly invited Kennedy to meet the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Nixon was re-elected in 1972 but was impeached himself during his second term. He was succeeded by Ronald Reagan.
- In Caroline Weinbaum's short story "Mired up in the Cuban War", Richard Nixon defeated Kennedy in the 1960 election and was elected President. Nixon was infuriated by the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961 and decided to send the US Army on a full-scale direct invasion of Cuba. American troops met stiff resistance but after half a year managed to occupy Havana and the other main Cuban cities. Fidel Castro was killed in battle with the invaders, with a heroic myth growing around what many Cubans considered as his martyrdom. A government composed of anti-Communist Cuban exiles was installed, but enjoyed little credibility or popular support. Che Guevara escaped and launched a highly effective guerrilla campaign, inflicting heavy losses on the American forces. Guevara then managed to extend the war, secretly travelling to Puerto Rico and touching off a rebellion there, too. The Puerto Rican revolt first involved only radical groups, but brutal moves made in an effort to stamp it out aroused the sympathy of more and more Puerto Ricans. Soon, the Cuban War became extremely unpopular in the US, students and members of Hispanic communities engaging in increasingly massive demonstrations and protests. The tensions were increased by President Nixon's hostility to the Civil Rights Movement and his almost open backing for Southern racists. In April 1963, Martin Luther King held a dramatic meeting with Che Guevara at Geneva, declaring his support for the Cuban liberation struggle and calling for immediate withdrawal of American troops. On his return, King was arrested and the furious Nixon declared that "He will be charged with High Treason, and the prosecution will seek the death penalty!". There followed a nationwide wave of demonstrations and protests - answered by the FBI arresting overnight more than a thousand student activists and black and Hispanic leaders, many of them being beaten up and three killed "while resisting arrest". In the 1964 election, held under conditions near to civil war, Nixon was decisively defeated and John Kennedy swept to power by a landslide. Nixon, bitter and angry, refused to hold a formal handover, leaving the White House in total chaos a few days ahead of Kennedy's arrival. Kennedy announced an immediate ceasefire and called for negotiations with the Cuban and Puerto Rican rebels, as well as pardoning King and other detainees. With the American public hopeful of an end to the Cuban nightmare, hardly any attention was given to the fall of South Vietnam in April 1965 and Ho Chi Minh's triumphal entry into Saigon; most Americans did not know or care where or what Vietnam was.
- In one of the alternative history timelines featured in Claire North's "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August", in which technological development was much accelerated in the 1950s and 1960s due to the intervention of a fanatic time-traveler, President Richard Nixon announced that a pill turning the skin of black people inro white would be the ultimate solution to the race problem. This being a minor point in the book's overall plot, there is no detailed description of how Nixon's idea worked out in practice.
- In the alternative history novel The Probability Broach as part of the North American Confederacy Series by L. Neil Smith in which the United States became a libertarian state after a successful Whiskey Rebellion and the execution of George Washington by firing squad for treason in 1794, Albert Jay Nock served as the 18th president of the North American Confederacy from 1912 to 1928.
- Chuck Norris serves as president in Andrew Cartmel novel: "Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Warhead". He ended immigration to the United States, and presided over the establishment of Local Development laws which prevented the unemployed from leaving their local area to find work.
- In Ward Moore's 1953 novel Bring the Jubilee, George Norris is mentioned as the sitting president in 1940. A member of the Populist Party, he was elected in 1936 but declined to run for a second term in the 1940 election.
- In the alternative history Dark Future novel series by Kim Newman, North is president in 1995. His predecessor was Charlton "Big Chuck" Heston.
- In a parallel universe featured in the Sliders Season One episode "Summer of Love", the United States lost the Battle of the Coral Sea to the Empire of Japan on May 10, 1942. Japan proceeded to invade Australia. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union liberated North Australia whereas the United States liberated South Australia. While the United States rebuilt their portion of Australia, the Soviets continued their occupation of North Australia and created a communist state. In the early 1990s, the Australian War broke out when North Australia attacked South Australia. President North unofficially joined the war to prevent the fall of South Australia to North Australia, which was backed militarily by the Soviet Union. As the war dragged on with no sign of either victory or peaceful resolution, it became increasingly unpopular in the United States and, by 1995, the hippie movement, centered in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, had spread throughout the US and beyond.
- In a parallel universe featured in the Sliders Season Three episodes "The Exodus, Part I" and "The Exodus, Part II", North was the president in 1997. In this universe, the Soviet Union had never collapsed and the Cold War lasted until 1997, at which time all life on Earth (with the exception of 150 people who escaped to another universe) was wiped out by the radiation from a pulsar.
- North won a landslide victory over an unnamed president (Alan Alda) in Canadian Bacon.
- North succeeded George H. W. Bush as the 42nd president after the latter died of pneumonia in an alternative timeline during Walt Simonson's run on Fantastic Four.
- According to the Fringe Season One finale "There's More Than One of Everything", Obama was elected as president in 2008 in the parallel universe featured on the series. In May 2009, Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha were preparing to move into the recently rebuilt White House. The original version of the traditional presidential residence had been destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks perpetrated by al-Qaeda whereas the Pentagon had been severely damaged. In contrast, the World Trade Center in New York City remained standing.
- In Franz Ferdinand Lives! A World Without World War I (2014) by Richard Ned Lebow in which neither World War I nor World War II took place, Obama was elected Governor of Hawaii in 2008 and served two highly successful terms. In the 1990s, because of the US-Japanese Cold War, many demanded that Japanese residents and Japanese Americans be either detained or deported. Following a riot in Los Angeles, the Republican president announced that everyone of Japanese descent had 30 days to leave the country. Those with green cards were allowed to remain but were ordered to report to transport to detention camps until tensions subsided. Governor Obama considered these measures to be gross overreactions and called upon the government to make public any evidence that it had of a security threat posed by people of Japanese descent. The United States Attorney General refused to do so on the grounds of national security and did not respond to Obama's request to be briefed on camera. In response, Obama set his plan in motion: Japanese Americans were invited to turn themselves in, take up residence in resort hotels along Oahu's Waikiki Beach and limit their movement to Waikiki and Honolulu's immediate downtown. Other civic groups organised a "Parade of Freedom" in which citizens of diverse ancestry peacefully demonstrated their support for the United States Constitution and its guarantees against detention without charge. A small counter-demonstration ensued but public opinion overwhelmingly supported Governor Obama. The Japanese government threatened to expel all Americans from Japan and arrest a prominent businessman and his wife on charges of spying. Evidence of the couple's activities is given to the press and the American media became divided over whether the couple were truly spies or were being set up. Obama insisted that the federal government foot the bill for room and board at resort hotels for Japanese Americans. The president considered sending the Hawaii National Guard to clear the hotels and move the Japanese Americans to a detention camp. Students, religious leaders and other citizens held round-the-clock visits at the hotels, meaning that any military action would have involved arresting them and further alienating the state's population. Consequently, the president backed down and negotiated a compromise agreement whereby Japanese tourists and expatriates would be quietly repatriated and Japanese residents would be allowed to return to their homes in Hawaii. However, militarily sensitive areas in the state were declared off-limits. Relations with Japan gradually improved and, in the interim, none of its citizens were arrested or charged with a crime.
- In the first episode of The Last Ship, Barack Obama succumbed to the Red Flu shortly after the breakout of the disease. Following his death, Vice President Joe Biden succeeded him before he too succumbed to the disease a week later. After Biden's death, he was replaced by President August, the former fictitious Speaker of the House of Representatives, who delivers the news via teleconference to the USS Nathan James. Although neither he nor Obama are mentioned by name in the series, a printed news article in the Season 2 episode "Safe Zone" shows Obama as the incumbent President before the outbreak, meeting with the newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jeffery Michener (who also goes on to serve as president later in the series).
- Malia Obama is President in 2035 in the series finale of Life On Mars. Frank Morgan at Mission Control stated that she had gone with her sister to Chicago to be with their ailing father Barack Obama rather than witness humans landing on Mars at Mission Control. Although not specifically identified, Malia would meet the minimum age requirement of 35 by 2033, assuming no changes to the Constitution of the United States or the United States presidential line of succession before July 4, 2033 by being at most Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
- The Olsen Twins are mentioned as both being President, though not seen by the Ghost of Christmas Future in A Dennis the Menace Christmas.
- Never seen, but mentioned by the Ghost of Christmas Future.
- In the alternative history novel The Probability Broach as part of the North American Confederacy Series by L. Neil Smith in which the United States became a libertarian state after a successful Whiskey Rebellion and the overthrowing and execution of George Washington by firing squad for treason in 1794, Osceola served as the 9th President of the North American Confederacy from 1842 to 1848. After Sequoyah Guess, he was the second Native American to hold the office of the presidency.