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.

States of primary affiliation[edit]

States shown by number of US Presidents primarily affiliated with them.

A list of US Presidents including the state with which each was primarily affiliated, due to residence, professional career, and electoral history. This is not necessarily the state in which the president was born.

Note: The flags presented for the states are the present day flags, which were not necessarily adopted in the times of the earliest presidents.

States of primary affiliation by president[edit]

OP President State
1 George Washington  Virginia
2 John Adams  Massachusetts
3 Thomas Jefferson  Virginia
4 James Madison
5 James Monroe
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  Louisiana
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[1]
19 Rutherford B. Hayes  Ohio
20 James A. Garfield
21 Chester A. Arthur  New York[2]
22 Grover Cleveland  New York
24
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
35 John F. Kennedy  Massachusetts
36 Lyndon B. Johnson  Texas
37 Richard Nixon  California
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

Presidents with primary residence outside of birth state[edit]

Of the 43 individuals (accounting for Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms) who have served as President of the United States, 19 served after officially residing in a different state than the one in which they were born.

President Birth state Home state
Andrew Jackson  South Carolina  Tennessee
William Henry Harrison  Virginia  Ohio
James K. Polk  North Carolina  Tennessee
Zachary Taylor  Virginia  Louisiana
Abraham Lincoln  Kentucky  Illinois
Andrew Johnson  North Carolina  Tennessee
Ulysses S. Grant  Ohio  Illinois
Chester A. Arthur  Vermont  New York
Grover Cleveland  New Jersey
Benjamin Harrison  Ohio  Indiana
Woodrow Wilson  Virginia  New Jersey
Calvin Coolidge  Vermont  Massachusetts
Herbert Hoover  Iowa  California
Dwight D. Eisenhower  Texas  Kansas
Gerald Ford  Nebraska  Michigan
Ronald Reagan  Illinois  California
George H. W. Bush  Massachusetts  Texas
George W. Bush  Connecticut
Barack Obama  Hawaii  Illinois

Birth places[edit]

States shown by number of US Presidents born there.

A list of birthplaces of U.S. Presidents. As of September 2016, 21 states claim the distinction of being the birthplace of a president. One claim 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 as his birth state.[3] Eight presidents, those born prior to the American Revolutionary War, were born in British colonies, rather than U.S. states.

The number of presidents born per state are:

  • One: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
  • Two: North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont.
  • Four: Massachusetts, and New York.
  • Seven: Ohio.
  • Eight: Virginia.
Names sort in order of birth    Dates sort by month and day    Colony, pre American Revolution = Colony, pre–1776, rather than state.
President Date of birth Birthplace StateColony, pre American Revolution of birth In office
George Washington 02-22February 22, 1732 Westmoreland County
(George Washington Birthplace)
Virginia April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
John Adams 10-30 October 30, 1735 Braintree
(John Adams Birthplace)
Massachusetts March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
Thomas Jefferson 04-13 April 13, 1743 Shadwell Virginia March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809
James Madison 03-16 March 16, 1751 Port Conway
(Belle Grove Plantation)
Virginia March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
James Monroe 04-28 April 28, 1758 Monroe Hall
(James Monroe Family Home Site)
Virginia March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825
Andrew Jackson 03-15 March 15, 1767 Waxhaws Region South/North Carolina March 4, 1829 – March 4, 1837
John Quincy Adams 07-11 July 11, 1767 Braintree
(John Quincy Adams Birthplace)
Massachusetts March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829
William Henry Harrison 02-09 February 9, 1773 Charles City County
(Berkeley Plantation)
Virginia March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841
Martin Van Buren 12-05 December 5, 1782 Kinderhook New York March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841
Zachary Taylor 11-24 November 24, 1784 Barboursville Virginia March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
John Tyler 03-29 March 29, 1790 Charles City County Virginia April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845
James Buchanan 04-23 April 23, 1791 Cove Gap Pennsylvania March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
James K. Polk 11-02 November 2, 1795 Pineville North Carolina March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849
Millard Fillmore 01-07 January 7, 1800 Summerhill New York July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853
Franklin Pierce 11-23 November 23, 1804 Hillsborough
(Franklin Pierce Homestead)
New Hampshire March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857
Andrew Johnson 12-29 December 29, 1808 Raleigh North Carolina April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869
Abraham Lincoln 02-12 February 12, 1809 Sinking spring
(Abraham Lincoln Birthplace)
Kentucky March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
Ulysses S. Grant 04-27 April 27, 1822 Point Pleasant
(Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace)
Ohio March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877
Rutherford B. Hayes 10-04 October 4, 1822 Delaware Ohio March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881
Chester A. Arthur 10-05 October 5, 1829 Fairfield
(Chester A. Arthur Birthsite)
Vermont September 19, 1881 – March 4, 1885
James A. Garfield 11-19 November 19, 1831 Moreland Hills Ohio March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881
Benjamin Harrison 08-20 August 20, 1833 North Bend Ohio March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893
Grover Cleveland 03-18 March 18, 1837 Caldwell
(Grover Cleveland Birthplace)
New Jersey March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889
March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897
William McKinley 01-29 January 29, 1843 Niles
(William McKinley Birthplace)
Ohio March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901
Woodrow Wilson 12-28 December 28, 1856 Staunton
(Woodrow Wilson Birthplace)
Virginia March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921
William Howard Taft 09-15 September 15, 1857 Cincinnati
(William Howard Taft Birthplace)
Ohio March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
Theodore Roosevelt 10-27 October 27, 1858 New York City
(Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace)
New York September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909
Warren G. Harding 11-02 November 2, 1865 Blooming Grove Ohio March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
Calvin Coolidge 07-04 July 4, 1872 Plymouth Vermont August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
Herbert Hoover 08-10 August 10, 1874 West Branch
(Herbert Hoover Birthplace)
Iowa March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt 01-30 January 30, 1882 Hyde Park
(Franklin D. Roosevelt Home)
New York March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
Harry S. Truman 05-08 May 8, 1884 Lamar
(Harry S Truman Birthplace)
Missouri April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower 10-14 October 14, 1890 Denison
(Dwight D. Eisenhower Birthplace)
Texas January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
Lyndon B. Johnson 08-27 August 27, 1908 Stonewall
(Lyndon B. Johnson Birthplace)
Texas November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
Ronald Reagan 02-06 February 6, 1911 Tampico
(Ronald Reagan Birthplace)
Illinois January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Richard M. Nixon 01-09 January 9, 1913 Yorba Linda
(Richard Nixon Birthplace)
California January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
Gerald R. Ford 07-14 July 14, 1913 Omaha
(Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens)
Nebraska August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
John F. Kennedy 05-29 May 29, 1917 Brookline
(John F. Kennedy Birthplace)
Massachusetts January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
George H. W. Bush 06-12 June 12, 1924 Milton Massachusetts January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
Jimmy Carter 10-01 October 1, 1924 Plains Georgia January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
George W. Bush 07-06 July 6, 1946 New Haven Connecticut January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
Bill Clinton 08-19 August 19, 1946 Hope
(Bill Clinton Birthplace)
Arkansas January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
Barack Obama 08-04 August 4, 1961 Honolulu Hawaii Assumed office January 20, 2009

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ While Grant's birth state was Ohio, his home prior to his election was in Galena, IL. The Library of Congress contains the official Senate record for the election, which states that Grant was elected from the state of Illinois, not Ohio. See A Century of Lawmaking. The official House record for the election, also preserved on the Library of Congress website, says the same thing.
  2. ^ Shortly after the election of James Garfield, the Democratic National Committee hired a New York attorney Arthur P. Hinman to dig up dirt on the vice president elect Chester Arthur. The Democrats did not believe that Chester was born in Fairfield, Vermont, nor did they believe he was even born in the United States of America. Hinman concluded that Arthur was born in Dunham, Quebec in Canada, not Fairfield, and was therefore not an American citizen. He accused Arthur of traveling to Canada following his election as vice president in 1880 to see if there were any records or evidence of his birth. Finding none, he chose Fairfield, Vermont as his birthplace. He claimed that Arthur knew nobody would be able to prove otherwise and he was supported by the fact that his father was a preacher there around the time of his birth. Hinman even went so far as to claim that the Arthurs did have a baby son while in Fairfield who had died as an infant and Chester Arthur had deviously appropriated his deceased younger brother’s birth records. In 1884, Hinman published his explosive allegations in his book How a British Subject became President of the United States. Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces by Louis L. Picone
  3. ^ Collings, Jeffrey (March 7, 2011). "Old fight lingers over Old Hickory's roots". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post Company.