A Tailor, a Tavern Worker, a Toymaker, a Trapper, a Trash Collector, and two Murders.
They all became Presidents of the United States!
Here are the jobs that our Presidents had before they were President.
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Pre-Presidential Careers
Actor
Ronald Reagan
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
Bank Clerk
Harry Truman
Barker
Richard Nixon
Bookkeeper
Harry Truman
Busboy
Gerald Ford
Businessman
Harry Truman
Jimmy Carter
George Bush
George W. Bush
Canal Boat Laborer
James Garfield
Career Military
George Washington
Andrew Jackson
William Henry Harrison
Zachary Taylor
Ulysses S. Grant
Dwight Eisenhower
Carpenter
James Garfield
Cattle Rancher
Theodore Roosevelt
C.I.A. Director
George Bush
Circus Roustabout
Ronald Reagan
City Solicitor
Rutherford Hayes – Cincinnati, Ohio
Clothmaker
Millard Fillmore
Coach
Gerald Ford – football, boxing
Ronald Reagan – swimming
Collector of the Port of New York
Chester Arthur
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
James Madison – Virginia
Andrew Jackson – Tennessee
William Henry Harrison – Northwest Territory, Ohio
John Tyler – Virginia
James Polk – Tennessee
Millard Fillmore – New York
Franklin Pierce – New Hampshire
James Buchanan – Pennsylvania
Abraham Lincoln – Illinois
Andrew Johnson – Tennessee
Rutherford Hayes – Ohio
James Garfield – Ohio
William McKinley – Ohio
John F. Kennedy – Massachusetts
Lyndon Johnson – Texas
Richard Nixon – California
Gerald Ford – Michigan
George Bush – Texas
Construction Worker
Ronald Reagan
Continental Congress Delegate
George Washington
John Adams
James Madison
James Monroe
Cook
Gerald Ford
Delivery Boy
Martin Van Buren
Deputy Sheriff
Theodore Roosevelt
Diplomat
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
William Henry Harrison
James Buchanan
George Bush
Dishwasher
Lyndon Johnson
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
Editor
Grover Cleveland
Woodrow Wilson
Warren Harding
Elevator Operator
Lyndon Johnson
Farmer, Farm Boy
Millard Fillmore
Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
Benjamin Harrison
Warren Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Harry Truman
Lyndon Johnson
Jimmy Carter
Ferryboat Operator
Abraham Lincoln
Fruit Picker
Lyndon Johnson
Geologist
Herbert Hoover
Governor
Thomas Jefferson – Virginia
James Monroe – Virginia
Martin Van Buren – New York
William Henry Harrison – Indiana Territory
John Tyler – Virginia
James Polk – Tennessee
Andrew Johnson – Tennessee
Rutherford Hayes – Ohio
Grover Cleveland – New York
William McKinley – Ohio
Theodore Roosevelt – New York
William Taft – Philippines
Woodrow Wilson – New Jersey
Calvin Coolidge – Massachusetts
Franklin Roosevelt – New York
Jimmy Carter – Georgia
Ronald Reagan – California
Bill Clinton – Arkansas
George W. Bush – Texas
Horse Handler
Ulysses S. Grant
House Minority Leader
Gerald Ford
Insurance Salesman
Warren Harding
Janitor
James Garfield
Lyndon Johnson
Judge
Andrew Jackson
Harry Truman
Launderer
Herbert Hoover
Lawyer
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
John Tyler
James Polk
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Rutherford Hayes
Chester Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
William Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Calvin Coolidge
Franklin Roosevelt
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Bill Clinton
Lieutenant Governor
Warren Harding – Ohio
Calvin Coolidge – Massachusetts
Lifeguard
Ronald Reagan
Mailroom Clerk
Harry Truman
Male Model
Gerald Ford
Mayor
Andrew Johnson – Greenville, Tennessee
Grover Cleveland – Buffalo, New York
Calvin Coolidge – Northampton, Massachusetts
Member of House of Burgesses
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Mining Engineer
Herbert Hoover
Newsboy
Herbert Hoover
Newspaper Publisher
Warren Harding
Office Boy
Herbert Hoover
Oilman
George Bush
George W. Bush
Park Ranger
Gerald Ford
Postal Clerk
William McKinley
Postmaster
Abraham Lincoln
Printer’s Devil
Warren Harding
Lyndon Johnson
Professor
Woodrow Wilson
Bill Clinton
Radio Announcer
Ronald Reagan
Railroad Timekeeper
Harry Truman
Reporter, Journalist
Warren Harding
John F. Kennedy
Road Construction Laborer
Warren Harding
Lyndon Johnson
School Principal
Chester Arthur
School Teacher
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Garfield
Chester Arthur
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
Warren Harding
Lyndon Johnson
Secretary of Commerce
Herbert Hoover
Secretary of Northwest Territory
William Henry Harrison
Secretary of State
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Martin Van Buren
James Buchanan
Secretary of War
James Monroe
William Taft
Senator, U.S.
James Monroe – Virginia
John Quincy Adams – Massachusetts
Andrew Jackson – Tennessee
Martin Van Buren – New York
William Henry Harrison – Ohio
John Tyler – Virginia
Franklin Pierce – New Hampshire
James Buchanan – Pennsylvania
Andrew Johnson – Tennessee
Benjamin Harrison – Indiana
Warren Harding – Ohio
Harry Truman – Missouri
John F. Kennedy – Massachusetts
Lyndon Johnson – Texas
Richard Nixon – California
Sheriff
Grover Cleveland
Shoeshine Boy
Lyndon Johnson
Speaker of the House
James Polk
State Attorney General
Bill Clinton – Arkansas
State Comptroller
Millard Fillmore – New York
State Legislator
John Adams – Massachusetts
Thomas Jefferson – Virginia
James Madison – Virginia
James Monroe – Virginia
John Tyler – Virginia
James Polk – Tennessee
Millard Fillmore – New York
Franklin Pierce – New Hampshire
James Buchanan – Pennsylvania
Abraham Lincoln – Illinois
Andrew Johnson – Tennessee
Theodore Roosevelt – New York
State Senator
John Quincy Adams – Massachusetts
Martin Van Buren – New York
William Henry Harrison – Ohio
Andrew Johnson – Tennessee
James Garfield – Ohio
Warren Harding – Ohio
Calvin Coolidge – Massachusetts
Franklin Roosevelt – New York
Jimmy Carter – Georgia
Store Clerk
James K. Polk
Abraham Lincoln
Grover Cleveland
Surveyor
George Washington
Tailor
Andrew Johnson
Tavern worker
Martin Van Buren
Toymaker
Calvin Coolidge
Trapper
Lyndon Johnson
Trash Collector
Lyndon Johnson
University President
Woodrow Wilson
Dwight Eisenhower
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And then there is this bit of trivia.
Presidents who killed people outside of war (or who were accused thereof)
George Washington – accused of murdering a French ambassador during peacetime.
Andrew Jackson – killed a man in a duel
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