List of presidents of the United States by home state

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These lists give the states of primary affiliation and of birth for each president of the United States.

Birthplaces[edit]

Twenty-one states have the distinction of being the birthplace of a president.

One president's birth state is in dispute; North and South Carolina (British colonies at the time) both lay claim to Andrew Jackson, who was born in 1767 in the Waxhaw region along their common border. Jackson himself considered South Carolina his birth state.[1]

Born on December 5, 1782, Martin Van Buren was the first president born an American citizen (and not a British subject).[2]

The term Virginia dynasty is sometimes used to describe the fact that four of the first five U.S. presidents were from Virginia.

The number of presidents per state in which they were born, counting Jackson as being from South Carolina, are:

Date of birth President Birthplace State of birth In office
February 22, 1732 George Washington Westmoreland County Virginia (1st) April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
October 30, 1735 John Adams Braintree Massachusetts (2nd) March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
April 13, 1743* Thomas Jefferson Shadwell Virginia (3rd) March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809
March 16, 1751 James Madison Port Conway Virginia (4th) March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
April 28, 1758 James Monroe Monroe Hall Virginia (5th) March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825
March 15, 1767 Andrew Jackson Waxhaws Region South Carolina (7th) March 4, 1829 – March 4, 1837
July 11, 1767 John Quincy Adams Braintree Massachusetts (6th) March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829
February 9, 1773 William Henry Harrison Charles City County Virginia (9th) March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841
December 5, 1782 Martin Van Buren Kinderhook New York (8th) March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841
November 24, 1784 Zachary Taylor Barboursville Virginia (12th) March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
March 29, 1790 John Tyler Charles City County Virginia (10th) April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845
April 23, 1791 James Buchanan Cove Gap Pennsylvania (15th) March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
November 2, 1795 James K. Polk Pineville North Carolina (11th) March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849
January 7, 1800 Millard Fillmore Summerhill New York (13th) July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853
November 23, 1804 Franklin Pierce Hillsborough New Hampshire (14th) March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857
December 29, 1808 Andrew Johnson Raleigh North Carolina (17th) April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869
February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln Hodgenville Kentucky (16th) March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
April 27, 1822 Ulysses S. Grant Point Pleasant Ohio (18th) March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877
October 4, 1822 Rutherford B. Hayes Delaware Ohio (19th) March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881
October 5, 1829 Chester A. Arthur Fairfield Vermont (21st) September 19, 1881 – March 4, 1885
November 19, 1831 James A. Garfield Moreland Hills Ohio (20th) March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881
August 20, 1833 Benjamin Harrison North Bend Ohio (23rd) March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893
March 18, 1837 Grover Cleveland Caldwell New Jersey (22nd) March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889
(24th) March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897
January 29, 1843 William McKinley Niles Ohio (25th) March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901
December 28, 1856 Woodrow Wilson Staunton Virginia (28th) March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921
September 15, 1857 William Howard Taft Cincinnati Ohio (27th) March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
October 27, 1858 Theodore Roosevelt Gramercy Park New York (26th) September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909
November 2, 1865 Warren G. Harding Blooming Grove Ohio (29th) March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
July 4, 1872 Calvin Coolidge Plymouth Vermont (30th) August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
August 10, 1874 Herbert Hoover West Branch Iowa (31st) March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
January 30, 1882 Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park New York (32nd) March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
May 8, 1884 Harry S. Truman Lamar Missouri (33rd) April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
October 14, 1890 Dwight D. Eisenhower Denison Texas (34th) January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
August 27, 1908 Lyndon B. Johnson Stonewall Texas (36th) November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
February 6, 1911 Ronald Reagan Tampico Illinois (40th) January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
January 9, 1913 Richard Nixon Yorba Linda California (37th) January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
July 14, 1913 Gerald Ford Omaha Nebraska (38th) August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
May 29, 1917 John F. Kennedy Brookline Massachusetts (35th) January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
June 12, 1924 George H. W. Bush Milton Massachusetts (41st) January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
October 1, 1924 Jimmy Carter Plains Georgia (39th) January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
November 20, 1942 Joe Biden Scranton Pennsylvania (46th) January 20, 2021 – Present
June 14, 1946 Donald Trump Queens New York (45th) January 20, 2017 – January 20, 2021
July 6, 1946 George W. Bush New Haven Connecticut (43rd) January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
August 19, 1946 Bill Clinton Hope Arkansas (42nd) January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
August 4, 1961 Barack Obama Honolulu Hawaii (44th) January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
*Gregorian date; Julian date is April 2, 1743 [3]
Colony, pre–1776, rather than state.

Presidential birthplace and early childhood historic sites[edit]

The birthplaces and early childhood residences of many U.S. presidents have been preserved or replicated. In instances where a physical structure is absent, a monument or roadside marker has been erected to denote the site's historic significance. All sites in the table below are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A dramatic shift in childbirth from home to hospital occurred in the United States in the early 20th century (mid–1920s to 1940).[4] Reflective of this trend, Jimmy Carter and all presidents born during and after World War II (Bill Clinton and every president since) have been born in a hospital, not a private residence. This sortable table is ordered by the presidents' birthdates.

President Image Historic site
George Washington George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Colonial Beach, Virginia
John Adams John Adams Birthplace, Quincy, Massachusetts
James Madison Belle Grove Plantation, Port Conway, Virginia
James Monroe James Monroe Family Home Site, Colonial Beach, Virginia
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams Birthplace, Quincy, Massachusetts
William Henry Harrison Berkeley Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia
Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor House, Louisville, Kentucky
John Tyler Greenway Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia
James Buchanan Buchanan's Birthplace State Park, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
James K. Polk President James K. Polk Historic Site, Pineville, North Carolina
Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce Homestead, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Andrew Johnson Mordecai Historic Park, Raleigh, North Carolina
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hodgenville, Kentucky
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Indiana
Ulysses S. Grant Grant Birthplace, Point Pleasant, Ohio
Rutherford B. Hayes Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio
Chester A. Arthur Chester Alan Arthur State Historic Site, Fairfield, Vermont
Grover Cleveland Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, New Jersey
William McKinley McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center, Niles, Ohio
Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia
Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, Augusta, Georgia
William Howard Taft William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati, Ohio
Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York City, New York
Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge Homestead District, Plymouth, Vermont
Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, West Branch, Iowa
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York
Harry S. Truman Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site, Lamar, Missouri
Dwight D. Eisenhower Eisenhower Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas
Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Stonewall, Texas
Ronald Reagan Birthplace of Ronald Reagan, Tampico, Illinois
Richard Nixon Birthplace of Richard Nixon, Yorba Linda, California
Gerald Ford President Gerald R. Ford Jr. Boyhood Home, Grand Rapids, Michigan
John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Brookline, Massachusetts
Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter National Historical Park, Plains, Georgia
George W. Bush George W. Bush Childhood Home, Midland, Texas
Bill Clinton President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope, Arkansas

States of primary affiliation[edit]

A list of U.S. presidents including the state with which each was primarily affiliated or most closely associated with, due to residence, professional career, and electoral history.

OP President State
1 George Washington  Virginia
2 John Adams  Massachusetts
3 Thomas Jefferson  Virginia
4 James Madison  Virginia
5 James Monroe  Virginia
6 John Quincy Adams  Massachusetts
7 Andrew Jackson  Tennessee
8 Martin Van Buren  New York
9 William Henry Harrison  Ohio
10 John Tyler  Virginia
11 James K. Polk  Tennessee
12 Zachary Taylor  Kentucky[a]
13 Millard Fillmore  New York
14 Franklin Pierce  New Hampshire
15 James Buchanan  Pennsylvania
16 Abraham Lincoln  Illinois
17 Andrew Johnson  Tennessee
18 Ulysses S. Grant  Illinois
19 Rutherford B. Hayes  Ohio
20 James A. Garfield  Ohio
21 Chester A. Arthur  New York
22, 24 Grover Cleveland  New York
23 Benjamin Harrison  Indiana
25 William McKinley  Ohio
26 Theodore Roosevelt  New York
27 William Howard Taft  Ohio
28 Woodrow Wilson  New Jersey
29 Warren G. Harding  Ohio
30 Calvin Coolidge  Massachusetts
31 Herbert Hoover  California
32 Franklin D. Roosevelt  New York
33 Harry S. Truman  Missouri
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower  Kansas[b]
35 John F. Kennedy  Massachusetts
36 Lyndon B. Johnson  Texas
37 Richard Nixon  California[c]
38 Gerald Ford  Michigan
39 Jimmy Carter  Georgia
40 Ronald Reagan  California
41 George H. W. Bush  Texas
42 Bill Clinton  Arkansas
43 George W. Bush  Texas
44 Barack Obama  Illinois
45 Donald Trump  New York[d][e]
46 Joe Biden  Delaware

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor spent his entire childhood in Louisville, commissioned the Kentuckian 7th Infantry Regiment at Terre aux Boeufs, and is buried in a cemetery in Louisville named after him. According to Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849–1850 states on p. 11 ~ "Taylor's home state of Kentucky,..."
  2. ^ Eisenhower held residency in New York during the 1952 presidential election and later in Pennsylvania during the 1956 presidential election, but was primarily raised in Kansas and later settled back there.
  3. ^ For a brief period whilst working as a lawyer, Nixon identified his home state as New York and won the 1968 presidential election as a resident, but he later reclaimed residency in California (where he was born, and served previously as a U.S. senator) early into his first term.
  4. ^ Trump Revealed: The Definitive Biography of the 45th President (Kranish, Michael) p. 124 ~ "Trump had hoped his home state of New York..."
    The Elections of 2016 (Nelson, Michael) p. 50 ~ "the next primary on the Republican calendar was in New York, Trump's home state"
  5. ^ Trump's official state of residence was New York in the 2016 presidential election but later changed to Florida, when his permanent residence was switched from Trump Tower to Mar-a-Lago in 2019.

Presidents by state of primary affiliation[edit]

A list of U.S. presidents grouped by primary state of residence and birth, with priority given to residence. Only 19 out of the 50 states are represented. Presidents with an asterisk (*) did not primarily reside in their respective birth states (they were not born in the state listed below).

State # Presidents (in order of presidency)
 New York 8 Martin Van Buren (8), Millard Fillmore (13), Chester A. Arthur* (21), Grover Cleveland* (22, 24), Theodore Roosevelt (26), Franklin D. Roosevelt (32),Richard Nixon* (37), Donald Trump (45)
 Ohio 6 William Henry Harrison* (9), Rutherford B. Hayes (19), James A. Garfield (20), William McKinley (25), William Howard Taft (27), Warren G. Harding (29)
 Virginia 5 George Washington (1), Thomas Jefferson (3), James Madison (4), James Monroe (5), John Tyler (10)
 Massachusetts 4 John Adams (2), John Quincy Adams (6), Calvin Coolidge* (30), John F. Kennedy (35)
 California 3 Herbert Hoover* (31), Richard Nixon (37), Ronald Reagan* (40)
 Illinois 3 Abraham Lincoln* (16), Ulysses S. Grant* (18), Barack Obama* (44)
 Tennessee 3 Andrew Jackson* (7), James K. Polk* (11), Andrew Johnson* (17)
 Texas 3 Lyndon B. Johnson (36), George H. W. Bush* (41), George W. Bush* (43)
 Arkansas 1 Bill Clinton (42)
 Delaware 1 Joe Biden* (46)
 Georgia 1 Jimmy Carter (39)
 Indiana 1 Benjamin Harrison* (23)
 Kansas 1 Dwight D. Eisenhower* (34)
 Kentucky 1 Zachary Taylor* (12)
 Michigan 1 Gerald Ford* (38)
 Missouri 1 Harry S. Truman (33)
 New Hampshire 1 Franklin Pierce (14)
 New Jersey 1 Woodrow Wilson* (28)
 Pennsylvania 1 James Buchanan (15)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collings, Jeffrey (March 7, 2011). "Old fight lingers over Old Hickory's roots". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.
  2. ^ Glass, Andrew (July 21, 2014). "Van Buren slips into coma, July 21, 1862". Arlington County, Virginia: Politico. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jefferson's Tombstone". Charlottesville, Virginia. July 11, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  4. ^ Thomasson, Melissa A.; Treber, Jaret (January 2008). "From home to hospital: The evolution of childbirth in the United States, 1928–1940" (PDF). Explorations in Economic History. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 45 (1): 76–99. doi:10.1016/j.eeh.2007.07.001. S2CID 54670409.

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