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Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.

As we move though this U.S. presidential election year, we are paying a little more attention to some of the political websites out there. But rather than looking ahead to the November election, this week we look back at more than two centuries of America's chief executives.

SUMMERS: " is a website about the presidents of the United States. It has information about each of them, while trying not to be too political. It's more educational."

Bob Summers is the creator of, for Presidents Of The United States. At you can find an easy-to-navigate collection of basic facts about each chief executive, plus extensive links to useful information on other sites.

SUMMERS: "Where they were born, their education. Then it starts to talk about the election, if there was one. Some presidents never were elected in their own right. Then their cabinet, links to biographies about them, other links to interesting speeches that they may have given, and other interesting little tidbits about the president."

Summers says his site gets visitors from all over the world, but it's a particular favorite of U.S. elementary school students, who no doubt like the basic facts and straightforward layout. But you don't have to be a kid to appreciate the easy access to Thomas Jefferson's Autobiography, or the results of each presidential election since 1789, or even the salary that each president got. George Washington's was $25,000 a year, but he declined to take the money.

To follow the 2008 election, has links to the latest campaign news and the candidates' websites.

SUMMERS: "I'm hoping to add a lot more information about the candidates, so that we can get a sense of who they are as people. One of the things I try to show is, these are real people, these are unique men. So I think that's where the future lies, learning more about these candidates as individuals."

U.S. presidential history since 1789 at, or get the link to this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week from our site,