The Presidents of the USA

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1. Prior Political Career

Presidents who had been
Vice Presidents

VP period
John Adams1789-1797
Thomas Jefferson1797-1801
Martin Van Buren1833-1837
John Tyler1841
Millard Fillmore1849-1850
Andrew Johnson1865
Chester Arthur1881
Theodore Roosevelt1901
Harry S Truman1945
Richard Nixon1953-1961
Lyndon B. Johnson1961-1963
Gerald Ford 1973-1974
George H.W. Bush1981-1989

Presidents who had been

Andrew Jackson *Florida
John TylerVirginia
James PolkTennessee
Andrew Johnson *Tennessee
Rutherford HayesOhio
Grover ClevelandNew York
William McKinleyOhio
Theodore RooseveltNew York
William Taft **Philippines
Woodrow WilsonNew Jersey
Calvin CoolidgeMassachusetts
Franklin D. RooseveltNew York
Jimmy CarterGeorgia
Ronald ReaganCalifornia
Bill ClintonArkansas
George W. BushTexas
(*):  appointed military governor
(**): appointed civil governor


Presidents who held
Cabinet Positions

James MadisonSec. of War
James MonroeSec. of War
John Quincy AdamsSec. of State
Martin van BurenSec. of State
James BuchananSec. of State
William TaftSec. of War
Herbert C. HooverSec. of Commerce
Franklin D. RooseveltAss. Sec of Navy
George H.W. BushUN Ambassador

2. Military Career

Presidents who achieved
high ranks in the military

Military Rank
George WashingtonGeneral of the Armies of U.S.
Dwight D. EisenhowerGeneral of the Army
Ulysses S. GrantGeneral of the Army
Andrew JacksonMajor General
William H. HarrisonMajor General
Zachary TaylorMajor General
Rutherford B. HayesMajor General (vol.)
James A. GarfieldMajor General (vol.)
Franklin PierceBrigadier General (vol.)
Andrew JohnsonBrigadier General (vol.)
Benjamin HarrisonBrigadier General (vol.)

Other Presidents with exceptional
Military Service

James MonroeRev. War - Major: Crossed the Delaware with G.Washington
William McKinleyCivil War - Major (vol.): present at N.Virginia surrender
Theodore RooseveltSpanish American War: led charge up San Juan Hill
Harry S TrumanWW I - Colonel in Field Artillery; served in Europe
Lyndon B. JohnsonWW II - Navy Commander; aw. Silver Star
Richard NixonWW II - Navy Commander; served in South Pacific
Gerald FordWW II - Navy Lt.Commander; aw. 10 battle stars
John F. KennedyWW II - Navy Lieut.;PT boat commander, aw.Purple Heart
George H.W. BushWW II - Navy Pilot; shot down 3 times, aw.Flying Cross

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3. Post-Presidency career

Presidents with Distinguished Public service after
their Presidency

John Quincy AdamsSenator, for 18 years
Grover ClevelandRe-elected president after 4 years
William TaftChief Justice for 9 years
Herbert HooverAdministrator, relief in Europe, 1945
Jimmy CarterCarter Presidential Center, Nobel 2002