List of Presidents of the United States by age

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This is a list of United States Presidents by age. This table can be sorted to display United States Presidents by name, order of office, date of birth, age at inauguration, length of retirement, or lifespan. Age at inauguration is determined by the day a president assumed office, not the day of the election.

Two measures of longevity are given; this is to allow for the differing number of leap days occurring within the life of each President. The first figure is the number of days between date of birth and date of death, allowing for leap days; in parentheses the same period given in years and days, with the years being the number of whole years that the President lived, and the days being the remaining number of days after his last birthday. Where the president in question is still living, the longevity is calculated up to July 23, 2014.

Overview[edit]

Age of presidents when assuming office approximately follows a bell curve (mean age marked by red line, c. 55 years)

The average age of accession is 54 years and 11 months, which falls between Herbert Hoover (22nd youngest) and Lyndon B. Johnson (23rd). The youngest person to assume office was Theodore Roosevelt (age 42), who became president following William McKinley's assassination. The youngest president elected to office was John F. Kennedy (age 43 years, 236 days). The oldest president to assume office was Ronald Reagan (age 69 years, 349 days).

The oldest living president is George H. W. Bush, born June 12, 1924 (aged 90 years, 41 days). Jimmy Carter is the second-oldest, only 111 days younger than Bush. Carter was born October 1, 1924 (aged 89 years, 295 days). The youngest living former president is Bill Clinton, born August 19, 1946 (aged 67 years, 338 days), closely followed by George W. Bush, only 44 days older, born July 6, 1946 (aged 68 years, 17 days). The youngest living president is the incumbent, Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961 (aged 52 years, 353 days).

The longest-lived president was Gerald Ford, who died at the age of 93 years and 165 days. Ronald Reagan was the second longest-lived, only 45 days short of Ford. The oldest living president, George H. W. Bush, will tie Reagan if he lives to October 10, 2017, and tie Ford if he lives to November 23, 2017. The second oldest living president, Jimmy Carter, will tie Reagan if he lives to January 29, 2018, and tie Ford if he lives to March 15, 2018. The shortest-lived president was John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated at the age of 46 years and 177 days. The shortest-lived president to die a natural death was James K. Polk, who died of cholera at the age of 53 years and 225 days. Since the presidency began, the longest period of time without the death of a president has been 26 years, 202 days between the death of George Washington and the same-day deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

The president with the longest retirement is Jimmy Carter, at 12,237 days. Carter achieved this record on September 8, 2012, surpassing Herbert Hoover, who died 11,553 days after leaving the presidency. Hoover held the record for more than 54 years, from July 5, 1958, when he surpassed John Adams, until September 8, 2012, when Carter surpassed Hoover. Adams, only the second president to retire, had held the record for over a century and a half, since December 14, 1803. The president with the shortest retirement (not counting the 8 presidents who died in office, 4 of illness and 4 by assassination) was James K. Polk, who died 103 days after leaving the presidency.

List of Presidents[edit]

#
President
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End date of
presidency
Length of
retirement
Date of death
Lifespan
1 Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington 1732-02-22(1732-02-22)February 22, 1732[1] April 30, 1789 (1789-04-30) 57-06757 years, 67 days March 4, 1797 (1797-03-04) 01,0151,015 days 1799-12-14December 14, 1799(1799-12-14) 24,767 days (67 years, 295 days)
2 Adams, John John Adams 1735-10-30(1735-10-30)October 30, 1735[1] March 4, 1797 (1797-03-04) 61-12561 years, 125 days March 4, 1801 (1801-03-04) 09,2539,253 days 1826-07-04July 4, 1826(1826-07-04) 33,119 days (90 years, 247 days)
3 Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson 1743-04-13(1743-04-13)April 13, 1743[1] March 4, 1801 (1801-03-04) 57-32557 years, 325 days March 4, 1809 (1809-03-04) 06,3316,331 days 1826-07-04July 4, 1826(1826-07-04) 30,397 days (83 years, 82 days)
4 Madison, JamesJames Madison 1751-03-16(1751-03-16)March 16, 1751[1] March 4, 1809 (1809-03-04) 57-35357 years, 353 days March 4, 1817 (1817-03-04) 07,0567,056 days 1836-06-28June 28, 1836(1836-06-28) 31,150 days (85 years, 104 days)
5 Monroe, JamesJames Monroe 1758-04-28(1758-04-28)April 28, 1758 March 4, 1817 (1817-03-04) 58-31058 years, 310 days March 4, 1825 (1825-03-04) 02,3132,313 days 1831-07-04July 4, 1831(1831-07-04) 26,729 days (73 years, 67 days)
6 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams 1767-07-11(1767-07-11)July 11, 1767 March 4, 1825 (1825-03-04) 57-23657 years, 236 days March 4, 1829 (1829-03-04) 06,9306,930 days 1848-02-23February 23, 1848(1848-02-23) 29,446 days (80 years, 227 days)
7 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson 1767-03-15(1767-03-15)March 15, 1767 March 4, 1829 (1829-03-04) 61-35461 years, 354 days March 4, 1837 (1837-03-04) 03,0183,018 days 1845-06-08June 8, 1845(1845-06-08) 28,574 days (78 years, 85 days)
8 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren 1782-12-05(1782-12-05)December 5, 1782 March 4, 1837 (1837-03-04) 54-08954 years, 89 days March 4, 1841 (1841-03-04) 07,8127,812 days 1862-07-24July 24, 1862(1862-07-24) 29,085 days (79 years, 231 days)
9 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry Harrison 1773-02-09(1773-02-09)February 9, 1773 March 4, 1841 (1841-03-04) 68-02368 years, 23 days April 4, 1841 (1841-04-04) 00,000N/A[2] 1841-04-04April 4, 1841(1841-04-04) 24,890 days (68 years, 54 days)
10 Tyler, JohnJohn Tyler 1790-03-29(1790-03-29)March 29, 1790 April 4, 1841 (1841-04-04) 51-00651 years, 6 days March 4, 1845 (1845-03-04) 06,1646,164 days 1862-01-18January 18, 1862(1862-01-18) 26,227 days (71 years, 295 days)
11 Polk, JamesJames K. Polk 1795-11-02(1795-11-02)November 2, 1795 March 4, 1845 (1845-03-04) 49-12249 years, 122 days March 4, 1849 (1849-03-04) 00,103103 days 1849-06-15June 15, 1849(1849-06-15) 19,583 days (53 years, 225 days)
12 Taylor, ZacharyZachary Taylor 1784-11-24(1784-11-24)November 24, 1784 March 4, 1849 (1849-03-04) 64-10064 years, 100 days July 9, 1850 (1850-07-09) 00,000N/A[2] 1850-07-09July 9, 1850(1850-07-09) 23,967 days (65 years, 227 days)
13 Fillmore, MillardMillard Fillmore 1800-01-07(1800-01-07)January 7, 1800 July 9, 1850 (1850-07-09) 50-18350 years, 183 days March 4, 1853 (1853-03-04) 07,6747,674 days 1874-03-08March 8, 1874(1874-03-08) 27,088 days (74 years, 60 days)
14 Pierce, FranklinFranklin Pierce 1804-11-23(1804-11-23)November 23, 1804 March 4, 1853 (1853-03-04) 48-10148 years, 101 days March 4, 1857 (1857-03-04) 04,6014,601 days 1869-10-08October 8, 1869(1869-10-08) 23,695 days (64 years, 319 days)
15 Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan 1791-04-23(1791-04-23)April 23, 1791 March 4, 1857 (1857-03-04) 65-31565 years, 315 days March 4, 1861 (1861-03-04) 02,6462,646 days 1868-06-01June 1, 1868(1868-06-01) 28,163 days (77 years, 39 days)
16 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln 1809-02-12(1809-02-12)February 12, 1809 March 4, 1861 (1861-03-04) 52-02052 years, 20 days April 15, 1865 (1865-04-15) 00,000N/A[3] 1865-04-15April 15, 1865(1865-04-15) 20,516 days (56 years, 62 days)
17 Johnson, AndrewAndrew Johnson 1808-12-29(1808-12-29)December 29, 1808 April 15, 1865 (1865-04-15) 56-10756 years, 107 days March 4, 1869 (1869-03-04) 02,3402,340 days 1875-07-31July 31, 1875(1875-07-31) 24,320 days (66 years, 214 days)
18 Grant, UlyssesUlysses S. Grant 1822-04-27(1822-04-27)April 27, 1822 March 4, 1869 (1869-03-04) 46-31146 years, 311 days March 4, 1877 (1877-03-04) 03,0633,063 days 1885-07-23July 23, 1885(1885-07-23) 23,098 days (63 years, 87 days)
19 Hayes, RutherfordRutherford B. Hayes 1822-10-04(1822-10-04)October 4, 1822 March 4, 1877 (1877-03-04) 54-15154 years, 151 days March 4, 1881 (1881-03-04) 04,3374,337 days 1893-01-17January 17, 1893(1893-01-17) 25,673 days (70 years, 105 days)
20 Garfield, JamesJames A. Garfield 1831-11-19(1831-11-19)November 19, 1831 March 4, 1881 (1881-03-04) 49-10549 years, 105 days September 19, 1881 (1881-09-19) 00,000N/A[3] 1881-09-19September 19, 1881(1881-09-19) 18,202 days (49 years, 304 days)
21 Arthur, ChesterChester A. Arthur 1829-10-05(1829-10-05)October 5, 1829 September 19, 1881 (1881-09-19) 51-34951 years, 349 days March 4, 1885 (1885-03-04) 00,624624 days 1886-11-18November 18, 1886(1886-11-18) 20,863 days (57 years, 44 days)
22 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland 1837-03-18(1837-03-18)March 18, 1837 March 4, 1885 (1885-03-04)[4] 47-35147 years, 351 days March 4, 1889 (1889-03-04) 05,5905,590 days[5] 1908-06-24June 24, 1908(1908-06-24) 26,030 days (71 years, 98 days)
23 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison 1833-08-20(1833-08-20)August 20, 1833 March 4, 1889 (1889-03-04) 55-19655 years, 196 days March 4, 1893 (1893-03-04) 02,9302,930 days 1901-03-13March 13, 1901(1901-03-13) 24,676 days (67 years, 205 days)
24 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland 1837-03-18(1837-03-18)March 18, 1837 March 4, 1893 (1893-03-04)[4] 55-35155 years, 351 days March 4, 1897 (1897-03-04) 05,5905,590 days[5] 1908-06-24June 24, 1908(1908-06-24) 26,030 days (71 years, 98 days)
25 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley 1843-01-29(1843-01-29)January 29, 1843 March 4, 1897 (1897-03-04) 54-03454 years, 34 days September 14, 1901 (1901-09-14) 00,000N/A[3] 1901-09-14September 14, 1901(1901-09-14) 21,412 days (58 years, 228 days)
26 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt 1858-10-27(1858-10-27)October 27, 1858 September 14, 1901 (1901-09-14) 42-32242 years, 322 days March 4, 1909 (1909-03-04) 03,5953,595 days 1919-01-06January 6, 1919(1919-01-06) 21,985 days (60 years, 71 days)
27 Taft, WilliamWilliam Howard Taft 1857-09-15(1857-09-15)September 15, 1857 March 4, 1909 (1909-03-04) 51-17051 years, 170 days March 4, 1913 (1913-03-04) 06,2136,213 days 1930-03-08March 8, 1930(1930-03-08) 26,471 days (72 years, 174 days)
28 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson 1856-12-28(1856-12-28)December 28, 1856 March 4, 1913 (1913-03-04) 56-06656 years, 66 days March 4, 1921 (1921-03-04) 01,0661,066 days 1924-02-03February 3, 1924(1924-02-03) 24,507 days (67 years, 37 days)
29 Harding, WarrenWarren G. Harding 1865-11-02(1865-11-02)November 2, 1865 March 4, 1921 (1921-03-04) 55-12255 years, 122 days August 2, 1923 (1923-08-02) 00,000N/A[2] 1923-08-02August 2, 1923(1923-08-02) 21,091 days (57 years, 273 days)
30 Coolidge, CalvinCalvin Coolidge 1872-07-04(1872-07-04)July 4, 1872 1923-08-02August 2, 1923 (1923-08-02) 51-02951 years, 29 days March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04) 01,4031,403 days 1933-01-05January 5, 1933(1933-01-05) 22,099 days (60 years, 185 days)
31 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover 1874-08-10(1874-08-10)August 10, 1874 March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04) 54-20654 years, 206 days March 4, 1933 (1933-03-04) 11,55311,553 days 1964-10-20October 20, 1964(1964-10-20) 32,943 days (90 years, 71 days)
32 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin D. Roosevelt 1882-01-30(1882-01-30)January 30, 1882 March 4, 1933 (1933-03-04) 51-03351 years, 33 days April 12, 1945 (1945-04-12) 00,000N/A[2] 1945-04-12April 12, 1945(1945-04-12) 23,082 days (63 years, 72 days)
33 Truman, HarryHarry S. Truman 1884-05-08(1884-05-08)May 8, 1884 April 12, 1945 (1945-04-12) 60-33960 years, 339 days January 20, 1953 (1953-01-20) 07,2807,280 days 1972-12-26December 26, 1972(1972-12-26) 32,373 days (88 years, 232 days)
34 Eisenhower, DwightDwight D. Eisenhower 1890-10-14(1890-10-14)October 14, 1890 January 20, 1953 (1953-01-20) 62-09862 years, 98 days January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 02,9892,989 days 1969-03-28March 28, 1969(1969-03-28) 28,654 days (78 years, 165 days)
35 Kennedy, JohnJohn F. Kennedy 1917-05-29(1917-05-29)May 29, 1917 January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 43-23643 years, 236 days November 22, 1963 (1963-11-22) 00,000N/A[3] 1963-11-22November 22, 1963(1963-11-22) 16,978 days (46 years, 177 days)
36 Johnson, LyndonLyndon B. Johnson 1908-08-27(1908-08-27)August 27, 1908 November 22, 1963 (1963-11-22) 55-08755 years, 87 days January 20, 1969 (1969-01-20) 01,4631,463 days 1973-01-22January 22, 1973(1973-01-22) 23,524 days (64 years, 148 days)
37 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon 1913-01-09(1913-01-09)January 9, 1913 January 20, 1969 (1969-01-20) 56-01156 years, 11 days August 9, 1974 (1974-08-09)[6] 07,1967,196 days 1994-04-22April 22, 1994(1994-04-22) 29,688 days (81 years, 103 days)
38 Ford, GeraldGerald Ford 1913-07-14(1913-07-14)July 14, 1913 August 9, 1974 (1974-08-09) 61-02661 years, 26 days January 20, 1977 (1977-01-20) 10,93210,932 days 2006-12-26December 26, 2006(2006-12-26) 34,133 days (93 years, 165 days)
39 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter 1924-10-01(1924-10-01)October 1, 1924 January 20, 1977 (1977-01-20) 52-11152 years, 111 days January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20) 12,23712,237 days 2014-07-23 32,802 days (89 years, 295 days)
40 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 1911-02-06(1911-02-06)February 6, 1911 January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20) 69-34969 years, 349 days January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20) 05,6155,615 days 2004-06-05June 5, 2004(2004-06-05) 34,088 days (93 years, 120 days)
41 Bush, George H.W.George H. W. Bush 1924-06-12(1924-06-12)June 12, 1924 January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20) 64-22264 years, 222 days January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) 07,8547,854 days 2014-07-23 32,913 days (90 years, 41 days)
42 Clinton, WilliamBill Clinton 1946-08-19(1946-08-19)August 19, 1946 January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) 46-15446 years, 154 days January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20) 04,9324,932 days 2014-07-23 24,810 days (67 years, 338 days)
43 Bush, George W.George W. Bush 1946-07-06(1946-07-06)July 6, 1946 January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20) 54-19854 years, 198 days January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20) 02,0102,010 days 2014-07-23 24,854 days (68 years, 17 days)
44 Obama, BarackBarack Obama 1961-08-04(1961-08-04)August 4, 1961 January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20) 47-16947 years, 169 days 00,000Incumbent 2014-07-23 19,346 days (52 years, 353 days)
# President Date of birth Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End date of
presidency
Length of
retirement
Date of death Lifespan
  1. ^ a b c d Birthdate as changed to New Style.
  2. ^ a b c d Died in office (not assassinated).
  3. ^ a b c d Assassinated.
  4. ^ a b Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, which are listed separately.
  5. ^ a b Cleveland was a former president for 4 years after his first term plus another 11 years after his second term.
  6. ^ Nixon resigned on this date.

Oldest living United States Presidents[edit]

Not all presidents live to become the oldest of their time; so far approximately 60% have done so, with 19 presidents never becoming the oldest of their time. Herbert Hoover became the oldest living president when Calvin Coolidge died in 1933 (when Hoover was still president) and remained so until his death, for a record of more than 31 years. Lyndon B. Johnson became the oldest living president after the death of Harry S. Truman, but he outlived Truman by only 27 days. On three occasions the oldest living president lost this distinction, not by his death, but due to the nation electing a president who was older. Theodore Roosevelt lost this distinction when William Taft was elected, then four years later Taft lost it when Woodrow Wilson was elected, and, more recently, Richard Nixon lost it when Ronald Reagan was elected. Furthermore, although Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man ever to be a former president (at age 49), he was the only living president or former president by the end of his term. Consequently, Taft was the oldest living president twice: first during his presidency (having succeeded the younger Roosevelt), and a second time after Wilson (his successor as president but an older man) died. Gerald Ford was the oldest to acquire this distinction (at age 90).

President Became oldest living president Ceased to be oldest living president Age at start date Age at end date Duration (years, days) Duration (days)
Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington April 30, 1789 December 14, 1799 57 years, 67 days 67 years, 295 days 10 years, 228 days 03,8803,880 days
Adams, JohnJohn Adams December 14, 1799 July 4, 1826 64 years, 45 days 90 years, 247 days 26 years, 202 days 09,6989,698 days
Madison, JamesJames Madison July 4, 1826 June 28, 1836 75 years, 110 days 85 years, 104 days 9 years, 360 days 03,6473,647 days
Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson June 28, 1836 June 8, 1845 69 years, 105 days 78 years, 85 days 8 years, 345 days 03,2673,267 days
Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams June 8, 1845 February 23, 1848 77 years, 332 days 80 years, 227 days 2 years, 260 days 00,990990 days
Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren February 23, 1848 July 24, 1862 65 years, 80 days 79 years, 231 days 14 years, 151 days 05,2655,265 days
Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan July 24, 1862 June 1, 1868 71 years, 92 days 77 years, 39 days 5 years, 313 days 02,1392,139 days
Fillmore, MillardMillard Fillmore June 1, 1868 March 8, 1874 68 years, 146 days 74 years, 60 days 5 years, 280 days 02,1062,106 days
Johnson, AndrewAndrew Johnson March 8, 1874 July 31, 1875 65 years, 69 days 66 years, 214 days 1 year, 145 days 00,510510 days
Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant July 31, 1875 July 23, 1885 53 years, 95 days 63 years, 87 days 9 years, 357 days 03,6453,645 days
Hayes, Rutherford B.Rutherford B. Hayes July 23, 1885 January 17, 1893 62 years, 292 days 70 years, 105 days 7 years, 178 days 02,7352,735 days
Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison January 17, 1893 March 13, 1901 59 years, 150 days 67 years, 205 days 8 years, 55 days 02,9762,976 days
Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland March 13, 1901 June 24, 1908 63 years, 360 days 71 years, 98 days 7 years, 103 days 02,6602,660 days
Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt June 24, 1908 March 4, 1909 49 years, 241 days 50 years, 128 days 0 years, 253 days 00,253253 days
Taft, William HowardWilliam Howard Taft March 4, 1909 March 4, 1913 51 years, 170 days 55 years, 170 days 4 years, 0 days 01,4611,461 days
Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson March 4, 1913 February 3, 1924 56 years, 66 days 67 years, 37 days 10 years, 336 days 03,9883,988 days
Taft, William HowardWilliam Howard Taft February 3, 1924 March 8, 1930 66 years, 141 days 72 years, 174 days 6 years, 33 days 02,2252,225 days
Coolidge, CalvinCalvin Coolidge March 8, 1930 January 5, 1933 57 years, 247 days 60 years, 185 days 2 years, 303 days 01,0341,034 days
Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover January 5, 1933 October 20, 1964 58 years, 148 days 90 years, 71 days 31 years, 289 days 11,61111,611 days
Truman, Harry S.Harry S. Truman October 20, 1964 December 26, 1972 80 years, 165 days 88 years, 232 days 8 years, 67 days 02,9892,989 days
Johnson, Lyndon B.Lyndon B. Johnson December 26, 1972 January 22, 1973 64 years, 121 days 64 years, 148 days 0 years, 27 days 00,02727 days
Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon January 22, 1973 January 20, 1981 60 years, 13 days 68 years, 11 days 7 years, 364 days 02,9202,920 days
Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan January 20, 1981 June 5, 2004 69 years, 349 days 93 years, 120 days 23 years, 137 days 08,5378,537 days
Ford, GeraldGerald Ford June 5, 2004 December 26, 2006 90 years, 327 days 93 years, 165 days 2 years, 204 days 00,934934 days
Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush December 26, 2006 Current oldest living president 82 years, 197 days Current oldest living president 7 years, 209 days 02,7662,766 days
President Became Oldest Living President Ceased to Be Oldest Living President Age at Start Date Age at End Date Duration (Years, Days) Duration (Days)

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