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Happy Presidents Day

February 18, 2008
25 of our nation’s presidents were lawyers:  
  1. John Adams
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. James Madison
  4. James Monroe
  5. John Quincy Adams
  6. Andrew Jackson
  7. Martin Van Buren
  8. John Tyler
  9. James Polk
  10. Millard Fillmore
  11. Franklin Pierce
  12. James Buchanan
  13. Abraham Lincoln
  14. Rutherford Hayes
  15. Chester Arthur
  16. Grover Cleveland
  17. Benjamin Harrison
  18. William McKinley
  19. William Taft
  20. Woodrow Wilson
  21. Calvin Coolidge
  22. Franklin Roosevelt
  23. Richard Nixon
  24. Gerald Ford
  25. Bill Clinton

12 presidents were generals.  18 presidents did not serve in Congress. 


9 presidents never attended college.  Of those who did, Harvard and Yale claim the most presidents as alumni.   

Taft was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court nine years after leaving the presidency. 

FDR may have been related to as many as 11 other presidents (5 by blood and 6 by marriage).

8 presidents died in office.   3 died on the 4th of July.

Buchanan was the only president from Pennsylvania.  He was also the only president never to marry.

The ancestry of all 43 presidents is limited to the following 7 heritages (or a combination there of): Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss or German.

Thanks to JD Bliss for the list of lawyer presidents and Info Please for the other information.

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