List of Presidents of the United States by occupation
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This is a list of the occupations of Presidents before they entered politics. Often, previous career experience is minimal; however, the most common previous occupation is lawyer, and many presidents did spend their younger years in college and/or the military.
|1||George Washington||Land surveyor, farmer/plantation owner, soldier (Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army)|
|2||John Adams||Lawyer, farmer|
|3||Thomas Jefferson||Land surveyor, writer, inventor, lawyer, architect, farmer/plantation owner, diplomat, linguist, theologian|
|4||James Madison||Farmer/plantation owner|
|5||James Monroe||Farmer/plantation owner, lawyer|
|6||John Quincy Adams||Lawyer|
|7||Andrew Jackson||Soldier (Major General), lawyer|
|8||Martin Van Buren||Lawyer|
|11||James Polk||Lawyer, plantation owner|
|12||Zachary Taylor||Soldier (Army Major General)|
|15||James Buchanan||Lawyer, diplomat|
|16||Abraham Lincoln||Land surveyor, lawyer|
|17||Andrew Johnson||Soldier, tailor|
|18||Ulysses Grant||Soldier, General of the Army|
|20||James Garfield||School teacher, minister, soldier|
|21||Chester Arthur||School teacher, lawyer, collector of tariffs|
|22, 24||Grover Cleveland||Sheriff, lawyer, assistant teacher|
|23||Benjamin Harrison||Lawyer, journalist|
|25||William McKinley||Lawyer, soldier|
|26||Theodore Roosevelt||Public official, rancher, soldier|
|27||William Taft||Lawyer, judge, law reporter, dean of law school at the University of Cincinnati|
|28||Woodrow Wilson||Lawyer, professor, president of Princeton University|
|29||Warren Harding||Journalist, newspaper publisher/editor|
|30||Calvin Coolidge||Lawyer, public official, vice president of Northampton Savings Bank|
|31||Herbert Hoover||Engineer, investor|
|33||Harry Truman||Farmer, soldier, haberdasher|
|34||Dwight Eisenhower||Soldier (General of the Army), president of Columbia University|
|35||John F. Kennedy||Writer, sailor (Navy Lieutenant)|
|36||Lyndon Johnson||Teacher, public official|
|37||Richard Nixon||Lawyer, sailor (Navy Lieutenant Commander)|
|38||Gerald Ford||Football player, sailor (Navy Lieutenant Commander), lawyer|
|39||Jimmy Carter||Sailor (Navy Lieutenant), peanut farmer, writer|
|40||Ronald Reagan||Actor & broadcaster, President of the Screen Actors Guild|
|41||George H. W. Bush||Pilot (Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade), businessman (oil), C.I.A. Director, ambassador to China.|
|42||Bill Clinton||Lawyer, law lecturer/teacher|
|43||George W. Bush||Pilot (Texas Air National Guard), businessman (oil, baseball)|
|44||Barack Obama||Community organizer, lawyer, professor (incorrectly referred to by some as a lecturer)|
|45||Donald Trump||Businessman, real estate developer, reality television host, television producer, investor, actor|
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