Presidents Day trivia: Most presidents worked in which field?
In honor of Presidents Day, I thought I'd take you on a quick and fascinating journey of the occupations of presidents.
Here's what I learned at a glance: Boy, we've elected a lot of lawyers.
Based on this list, which was the best format I found, 24 of those who have served in the POTUS chair could list "lawyer" on their resumes. That's more than half of our 44 presidents:
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- James Monroe
- John Quincy Adams
- Andrew Jackson
- Martin Van Buren
- John Tyler
- James Polk
- Millard Fillmore
- Franklin Pierce
- James Buchanan
- Abraham Lincoln
- Rutherford Hayes
- Benjamin Harrison (who was also a journalist)
- William McKinley
- William Taft
- Woodrow Wilson
- Calvin Coolidge
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Richard Nixon
- Gerald Ford
- Bill Clinton
- Barack Obama
What's also interesting is that roughly a third of those lawyer presidents also worked in other business-related fields:
- John Adams, farmer
- Thomas Jefferson, land surveyor, plantation owner, architect
- James Madison, farmer/plantation owner
- James Monroe, farmer/plantation owner
- James Polk, farmer/plantation owner
- Abraham Lincoln, land surveyor
- Calvin Coolidge, bank vice president
Last fun fact for you: Only for the George Bushes -- as in George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush -- does the word "businessman" appear as an occupation.
What does all this mean? Not sure.
But I do know that when we get to the next presidential election year, if you're into betting, you'll probably want to lay your money down for the candidate who's got a law degree.
In the meantime, enjoy Presidents Day! Our offices are closed, so you will return to receiving all the best business news from us tomorrow.