When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome

When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome

Jacob Miller - October 20, 2017

When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
22/24) When Grover Cleveland was forty-nine, he married Frances Folsom at the White House becoming the only president to do so. They had five children together. Their daughter, Esther, was the only president’s child to be born in the White House. Frances soon became quite an influential first lady. She set trends from hairstyles to clothing choices. Her image was also used without her permission to advertise many products. After Cleveland died in 1908, Frances became the first president’s wife to remarry. Cleveland was the only president to ever serve two non-consecutive terms making him the 22 President as well as the 24. thoughtco
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
23) Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of the ninth US president, William Henry Harrison. In fact, his whole family was rooted in politics. He spent much of his youth reading books at his grandfather’s estate. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
25) A successful lawyer in his home state of Ohio, William McKinley saw his income cut in half when he forayed into politics as a Congressman. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
26) Noted adventurer and outdoorsman Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt actually suffered from asthma. Roosevelt combatted his illness by being an advocate for the “strenuous life.” He enjoyed hiking, riding horses, and swimming. Even after the tragic loss of both his wife and his mother within a few hours of each other, Roosevelt escaped to the western frontier to hunt Grizzly bears, herd cows, and chase outlaws as a frontier sheriff. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
27) Though clean-shaven as a young man, Howard Taft became noted for his large mustache, which marked him as the last president to wear facial hair. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
28) Though not educated in a school system, Woodrow Wilson attempted and dropped out of college several times before studying law on his own. He grew bored of attorney life and enrolled at Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Ph.D. in history and political science before running for office. allthatisninteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
29) Before entering office, Warren G. Harding married a divorcee, Florence Kling, whose father, an enemy of Harding’s, threatened to kill Harding if he went through with the wedding. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
30) Calvin Coolidge is the only US president born on the Fourth of July (1872). allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
31) Although he eventually attained the highest office in US government, Herbert Hoover had an extraordinarily tumultuous childhood, including losing both his mother and father by age nine. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
32) Perhaps the US presidency’s greatest advocate for the impoverished, Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew up in extraordinary wealth and privilege, including receiving his first sailboat at age 16. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
33) Harry Truman spent much of his youth reading and playing piano, and even considered pursuing a career as a concert pianist. He also dreamed of being a soldier, but his poor vision prevented him from getting into West Point. After failing the initial eyesight test required to enter the National Guard, Truman memorized the eye chart and was accepted the second time around. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
34) Long before his career as a five-star general and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (far right) injured his leg, leading to a very dangerous infection. Doctors recommended that the leg be amputated. But Eisenhower, then merely a high school freshman, refused and soon recovered. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
35) During World War II, John F. Kennedy became a national hero. After his crew’s boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy led the ten surviving crew members on a three-mile swim toward land. One crew member was severely burned, so Kennedy towed him through the water with the life jacket strap between his teeth. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
36) Lyndon Baines Johnson was just 12 when he told his classmates that he was going to be president of the United States someday. However, Johnson did not do well in school and was not accepted into his preferred college (Southwest Texas State Teachers College). Feeling lost, he and five friends bought a car, drove to California, and did odd jobs before hitchhiking back to Texas and getting arrested for fighting. He was finally accepted into his preferred college in 1927. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
37) As a high school senior (yearbook photo above) Richard Nixon was accepted into Harvard with a scholarship offer. However, he instead attended Whittier College, nearby his southern California home, in order to help take care of his sick brother and work in the family store. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
38) Gerald Ford was as good at academics as he was at football. Upon graduation, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers offered Ford a contract. Instead, he insisted on going to law school and used his athletic prowess to get a job as an assistant football coach at Yale University, where he graduated in the top third of his class in 1941. Allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
39) Growing up on a peanut farm meant Jimmy Carter would develop a deep bond with rural environments, which would also spell opportunity. By age 13, in the midst of the Great Depression, Carter had earned enough money on the farm to buy five low-priced houses to be rented out to local families. Huffington Post
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
40) Before his well-known radio and film career, Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in Illinois, reportedly saving 77 people from drowning in the process. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
41) As a young World War II pilot, George H.W. Bush (right, with Dwight Eisenhower) was shot down over the Pacific. However, Bush managed to escape from his plane and evade Japanese capture, unlike his eight comrades, who were tortured, beheaded, and cannibalized by Japanese officers. allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
42) Bill Clinton was an excellent tenor saxophone player, winning the first chair in the Arkansas state band’s saxophone section. When young, Clinton considered dedicating his life to music but ultimately opted for public service instead. Living Room
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
43) Like his father, George W. Bush went to Phillips Academy in Andover where he struggled academically and got a zero for his first written assignment (Bush had overused a thesaurus that he thought would improve his vocabulary). allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
44) Reflecting later on his years in Honolulu, Barak Obama wrote: “The opportunity that Hawaii offered – to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect – became an integral part of my worldview, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.” allthatisinteresting
When the Presidents of the United States Were Young and Handsome
45) Trump was born and raised in New York City. He was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm in 1971 and later renamed it The Trump Organization, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter. vintag.es

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