Presidents who were lawyers…

Presidents’ Occupations
43.9%
(18 out of 41) have been Lawyers!

President Major Jobs Before the Presidency Jobs After the Presidency
1 George Washington surveyor, planter, general of the Army of the United Colonies planter, lieutenant-general of all the U.S. armies
2 John Adams schoolteacher, lawyer, diplomat, vice president under Washington writer
3 Thomas Jefferson writer, inventor, lawyer, architect, governor of Virginia, secretary of state under Washington, vice president under Adams writer, gentleman farmer, rector at the University of Virginia
4 James Madison lawyer, political theorist, U.S. congressman, secretary of state under Jefferson rector at the University of Virginia
5 James Monroe soldier, lawyer, U.S. senator, governor of Virginia writer, regent at the University of Virginia
6 John Quincy Adams lawyer, diplomat, professor, U.S. senator, secretary of state under Monroe U.S. representative from Massachusetts
7 Andrew Jackson soldier, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, governor of Florida gentleman farmer
8 Martin Van Buren lawyer, U.S. senator, governor of New York, vice president under Jackson activist for Free Soil Party
9 William Henry Harrison soldier, diplomat, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from Ohio died in office
10 John Tyler lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, vice president under Harrison lawyer, chancellor of the College of William and Mary, member of the Confederate House of Representatives
11 James Knox Polk lawyer, U.S. congressman, governor of Tennessee died 103 days after leaving office
12 Zachary Taylor soldier died in office
13 Millard Fillmore lawyer, U.S. congressman, vice president under Taylor rogue political activist, chancellor of the University of Buffalo
14 Franklin Pierce lawyer, soldier, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from New Hampshire gentleman farmer
15 James Buchanan lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state writer
16 Abraham Lincoln postmaster, lawyer, U.S. congressman from Illinois died in office
17 Andrew Johnson tailor, U.S. congressman, governor of Tennessee, U.S. senator from Tennessee, vice president under Lincoln U.S. senator from Tennessee
18 Ulysses Simpson Grant U.S. Army general political activist, writer
19 Rutherford Birchard Hayes lawyer, soldier, U.S. congressman, governor of Ohio education activist, president of the National Prison Reform Association
20 James Abram Garfield schoolteacher, soldier, U.S. representative from Ohio died in office
21 Chester Alan Arthur schoolteacher, lawyer, tariff collector, vice president under Garfield lawyer
22 Grover Cleveland sheriff, lawyer, mayor, governor of New York reelected president
23 Benjamin Harrison lawyer, soldier, journalist, U.S. senator from Indiana lawyer, lecturer
24 William McKinley soldier, lawyer, U.S. congressman, governor of Ohio died in office
25 Theodore Roosevelt rancher, soldier, governor of New York, vice president under McKinley hunter, writer
26 William Howard Taft lawyer, judge, dean of the University of Cincinnati Law School, U.S. secretary of war professor, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
27 Woodrow Wilson lawyer, professor, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey retired in poor health
28 Warren Gamaliel Harding newspaper editor, U.S. senator from Ohio died in office
29 Calvin Coolidge lawyer, governor of Massachusetts, vice president under Harding writer, president of the American Antiquarian Society
30 Herbert Clark Hoover engineer, U.S. secretary of commerce chair of the Hoover Commission on administrative reform
31 Franklin Delano Roosevelt lawyer, governor of New York died in office
32 Harry S. Truman farmer, soldier, haberdasher, judge, U.S. senator, vice president under Roosevelt writer
33 Dwight David Eisenhower supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, U.S. Army chief of staff writer
34 John Fitzgerald Kennedy journalist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from Massachusetts died in office
35 Lyndon Baines Johnson schoolteacher, soldier, congressman, U.S. senator from Texas, vice president under Kennedy rancher, writer
36 Richard Milhous Nixon lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, vice president under Eisenhower writer
37 Gerald Rudolph Ford lawyer, U.S. congressman, vice president under Nixon writer
38 James Earl Carter, Jr. peanut farmer, governor of Georgia writer, humanitarian, Nobel-prize winning statesman
39 Ronald Wilson Reagan movie actor, corporate spokesman, governor of California writer
40 George Herbert Walker Bush oil executive, U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the UN, Director of CIA, vice president under Reagan private citizen; teamed with President Clinton to form tsunami and Hurricane Katrina aid funds
41 William Jefferson Clinton lawyer, governor of Arkansas writer, independent ambassador; teamed with President G.H.W. Bush to form tsunami and Hurricane Katrina aid funds
42 George Walker Bush oil executive, sport team owner, governor of Texas

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