Living presidents and vice presidents of the United States

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Former presidents The incumbent president, Donald Trump
Current living presidents include five former presidents (from left, George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter); and the incumbent (Donald Trump).

This article chronicles the number of living presidents and vice presidents of the United States at each moment in United States history since the first president and vice president were inaugurated in 1789. The following tables include all persons who have taken either the presidential oath of office, or the vice presidential oath of office. (Persons who served as Acting President of the United States or as President of the Continental Congress are not included.) Currently, there are six living presidents (the incumbent, Donald Trump, plus five former presidents), and seven living vice presidents (the incumbent, Mike Pence, plus six former vice presidents).

Timeline of living presidents[edit]

Number of presidents alive at each moment in United States history  
1 Order of service (linked)            + Increases (inaugurations)[1]            Decreases (deaths)[2]
Starting and ending events Living presidents Time span
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 30, 1789
  • Mar 4, 1797

1: 1

7 years, 308 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1797
  • Dec 14, 1799

2: 21

2 years, 285 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 14, 1799
  • Mar 4, 1801

1: 2

1 year, 80 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1801
  • Mar 4, 1809

2: 32

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1809
  • Mar 4, 1817

3: 432

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1817
  • Mar 4, 1825

4: 5432

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1825
  • Jul 4, 1826

5: 65432

1 year, 122 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1826
  • Jul 4, 1826

4: 6542

5 12 hours
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1826
  • Mar 4, 1829

3: 654

2 years, 243 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1829
  • Jul 4, 1831

4: 7654

2 years, 122 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1831
  • Jun 28, 1836

3: 764

4 years, 360 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 28, 1836
  • Mar 4, 1837

2: 76

249 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1837
  • Mar 4, 1841

3: 876

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1841
  • Apr 4, 1841
  •  

4: 9876

31 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Apr 4, 1841
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1845

4: 10876

3 years, 334 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1845
  • Jun 8, 1845

5: 1110876

96 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 8, 1845
  • Feb 23, 1848

4: 111086

2 years, 260 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Feb 23, 1848
  • Mar 4, 1849

3: 11108

1 year, 9 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1849
  • Jun 15, 1849

4: 1211108

103 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Jun 15, 1849
  • Jul 9, 1850
  •  

3: 12108

1 year, 24 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Jul 9, 1850
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1853

3: 13108

2 years, 238 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1853
  • Mar 4, 1857

4: 1413108

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1857
  • Mar 4, 1861

5: 151413108

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1861
  • Jan 18, 1862

6: 16151413108

320 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 18, 1862
  • Jul 24, 1862

5: 161514138

187 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Jul 24, 1862
  • Apr 15, 1865
  •  

4: 16151413

2 years, 265 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Apr 15, 1865
  •  
  • Jun 1, 1868

4: 17151413

3 years, 47 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 1, 1868
  • Mar 4, 1869

3: 171413

276 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1869
  • Oct 8, 1869

4: 18171413

218 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Oct 8, 1869
  • Mar 8, 1874

3: 181713

4 years, 151 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 8, 1874
  • Jul 31, 1875

2: 1817

1 year, 145 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 31, 1875
  • Mar 4, 1877

1: 18

1 year, 216 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1877
  • Mar 4, 1881

2: 1918

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1881
  • Sep 19, 1881
  •  

3: 201918

199 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Sep 19, 1881
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1885

3: 211918

3 years, 166 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1885
  • Jul 23, 1885

4: 22211918

141 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 23, 1885
  • Nov 18, 1886

3: 222119

1 year, 118 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 18, 1886
  • Mar 4, 1889

2: 2219

2 years, 106 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1889
  • Jan 17, 1893

3: 232219

3 years, 319 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 17, 1893
  • Mar 4, 1897

2: 2322

4 years, 46 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1897
  • Mar 13, 1901

3: 252322

4 years, 9 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Mar 13, 1901
  • Sep 14, 1901
  •  

2: 2522

185 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Sep 14, 1901
  •  
  • Jun 24, 1908

2: 2622

6 years, 284 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 24, 1908
  • Mar 4, 1909

1: 26

253 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1909
  • Mar 4, 1913

2: 2726

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1913
  • Jan 6, 1919

3: 282726

5 years, 308 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 6, 1919
  • Mar 4, 1921

2: 2827

2 years, 57 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1921
  • Aug 2, 1923
  •  

3: 292827

2 years, 151 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Aug 2, 1923
  •  
  • Feb 3, 1924

3: 302827

185 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Feb 3, 1924
  • Mar 4, 1929

2: 3027

5 years, 29 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1929
  • Mar 8, 1930

3: 313027

1 year, 4 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 8, 1930
  • Jan 5, 1933

2: 3130

2 years, 303 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 5, 1933
  • Mar 4, 1933

1: 31

58 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Mar 4, 1933
  • Apr 12, 1945
  •  

2: 3231

12 years, 39 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Apr 12, 1945
  •  
  • Jan 20, 1953

2: 3331

7 years, 283 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1953
  • Jan 20, 1961

3: 343331

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  •  
  • Jan 20, 1961
  • Nov 22, 1963
  •  

4: 35343331

2 years, 306 days
  • From:
  •  
  • To:
  • Nov 22, 1963
  •  
  • Oct 20, 1964

4: 36343331

333 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Oct 20, 1964
  • Jan 20, 1969

3: 363433

4 years, 92 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1969
  • Mar 28, 1969

4: 37363433

67 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 28, 1969
  • Dec 26, 1972

3: 373633

3 years, 273 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 26, 1972
  • Jan 22, 1973

2: 3736

27 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 22, 1973
  • Aug 9, 1974

1: 37

1 year, 199 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Aug 9, 1974
  • Jan 20, 1977

2: 3837

2 years, 164 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1977
  • Jan 20, 1981

3: 393837

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1981
  • Jan 20, 1989

4: 40393837

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1989
  • Jan 20, 1993

5: 4140393837

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1993
  • Apr 22, 1994

6: 424140393837

1 year, 92 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 22, 1994
  • Jan 20, 2001

5: 4241403938

6 years, 273 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2001
  • Jun 5, 2004

6: 434241403938

3 years, 137 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 5, 2004
  • Dec 26, 2006

5: 4342413938

2 years, 204 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 26, 2006
  • Jan 20, 2009

4: 43424139

2 years, 25 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2009
  • Jan 20, 2017

5: 4443424139

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2017
  • (Present)

6: 454443424139

1 year, 206 days
Starting and ending events Living presidents Time span
1 Order of service (linked)            + Increases (inaugurations)            Decreases (deaths)
22 indicates Grover Cleveland, who was both the 22nd and 24th president.

Current, most, and fewest living presidents[edit]

Living presidents as of August 14, 2018 (from oldest to youngest):[3][2][4][5]

There have been four time periods with six living presidents, the incumbent and five former presidents:[3][4][5]

There have been six time periods when the incumbent president was the only living president, having no living predecessors:[6]

Notably, Richard Nixon is the only person to have been both the only living U.S. president (from January 1973 to August 1974) and one of six living presidents (from January 1993 to April 1994).

Living presidents gallery[edit]

There have been several gatherings of all the living presidents. Below are photographs of groups of persons who, at one time or another, comprised all living presidents (although several of these photographs were taken prior to or after the time period in which the persons depicted were the only living presidents).

Timeline of living vice presidents[edit]

Number of vice presidents alive at each moment in United States history  
1 Order of service (linked)            + Increases (inaugurations)[1]            Decreases (deaths)[7]
Starting and ending events Living vice presidents Time span
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 21, 1789
  • Mar 4, 1797

1: 1

7 years, 317 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1797
  • Mar 4, 1801

2: 21

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1801
  • Mar 4, 1805

3: 321

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1805
  • Apr 20, 1812

4: 4321

7 years, 47 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 20, 1812
  • Mar 4, 1813

3: 321

318 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1813
  • Nov 23, 1814

4: 5321

1 year, 264 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 23, 1814
  • Mar 4, 1817

3: 321

2 years, 101 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1817
  • Mar 4, 1825

4: 6321

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1825
  • Jun 17, 1825

5: 76321

105 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 17, 1825
  • Jul 4, 1826

4: 7321

1 year, 17 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1826
  • Jul 4, 1826

3: 731

5 12 hours
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1826
  • Mar 4, 1833

2: 73

6 years, 243 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1833
  • Sep 14, 1836

3: 873

3 years, 194 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Sep 14, 1836
  • Mar 4, 1837

2: 87

171 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1837
  • Mar 4, 1841

3: 987

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1841
  • Mar 4, 1845

4: 10987

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1845
  • Mar 4, 1849

5: 1110987

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1849
  • Mar 31, 1850

6: 121110987

1 year, 27 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 31, 1850
  • Nov 19, 1850

5: 12111098

233 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 19, 1850
  • Mar 4, 1853

4: 1211108

2 years, 105 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1853
  • Apr 18, 1853

5: 131211108

45 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 18, 1853
  • Mar 4, 1857

4: 1211108

3 years, 320 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1857
  • Mar 4, 1861

5: 141211108

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1861
  • Jan 18, 1862

6: 15141211108

320 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 18, 1862
  • Jul 24, 1862

5: 151412118

187 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 24, 1862
  • Dec 31, 1864

4: 15141211

2 years, 160 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 31, 1864
  • Mar 4, 1865

3: 151412

63 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1865
  • Mar 4, 1869

4: 16151412

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1869
  • Mar 4, 1873

5: 1716151412

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1873
  • Mar 8, 1874

6: 181716151412

1 year, 4 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 8, 1874
  • May 17, 1875

5: 1817161514

1 year, 70 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • May 17, 1875
  • Jul 31, 1875

4: 18171615

75 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 31, 1875
  • Nov 22, 1875

3: 181715

114 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 22, 1875
  • Mar 4, 1877

2: 1715

1 year, 102 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1877
  • Mar 4, 1881

3: 191715

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1881
  • Jan 13, 1885

4: 20191715

3 years, 315 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 13, 1885
  • Mar 4, 1885

3: 201915

50 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1885
  • Nov 25, 1885

4: 21201915

266 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 25, 1885
  • Nov 18, 1886

3: 201915

358 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 18, 1886
  • Jun 4, 1887

2: 1915

198 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 4, 1887
  • Mar 4, 1889

1: 15

1 year, 273 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1889
  • Jul 4, 1891

2: 2215

2 years, 122 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jul 4, 1891
  • Mar 4, 1893

1: 22

1 year, 243 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1893
  • Mar 4, 1897

2: 2322

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1897
  • Nov 21, 1899

3: 242322

2 years, 262 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 21, 1899
  • Mar 4, 1901

2: 2322

1 year, 103 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1901
  • Mar 4, 1905

3: 252322

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1905
  • Mar 4, 1909

4: 26252322

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1909
  • Oct 30, 1912

5: 2726252322

3 years, 240 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Oct 30, 1912
  • Mar 4, 1913

4: 26252322

125 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1913
  • Jun 14, 1914

5: 2826252322

1 year, 102 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 14, 1914
  • Jun 4, 1918

4: 28262522

3 years, 355 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 4, 1918
  • Jan 5, 1919

3: 282522

215 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 5, 1919
  • May 16, 1920

2: 2822

1 year, 132 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • May 16, 1920
  • Mar 4, 1921

1: 28

292 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1921
  • Mar 4, 1925

2: 2928

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1925
  • Jun 1, 1925

3: 302928

89 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jun 1, 1925
  • Mar 4, 1929

2: 3029

3 years, 276 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1929
  • Jan 5, 1933

3: 313029

3 years, 307 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 5, 1933
  • Mar 4, 1933

2: 3130

58 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Mar 4, 1933
  • Feb 8, 1936

3: 323130

2 years, 341 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Feb 8, 1936
  • Jan 20, 1941

2: 3230

4 years, 347 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1941
  • Jan 20, 1945

3: 333230

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1945
  • Jan 20, 1949

4: 34333230

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1949
  • Apr 23, 1951

5: 3534333230

2 years, 93 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 23, 1951
  • Jan 20, 1953

4: 35343332

1 year, 272 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1953
  • Apr 30, 1956

5: 3635343332

3 years, 101 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 30, 1956
  • Jan 20, 1961

4: 36343332

4 years, 265 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1961
  • Jan 20, 1965

5: 3736343332

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1965
  • Nov 18, 1965

6: 383736343332

302 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 18, 1965
  • Nov 7, 1967

5: 3837363432

1 year, 354 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Nov 7, 1967
  • Jan 20, 1969

4: 38373634

1 year, 74 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1969
  • Dec 26, 1972

5: 3938373634

3 years, 341 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 26, 1972
  • Jan 22, 1973

4: 39383736

27 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 22, 1973
  • Dec 6, 1973

3: 393836

318 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 6, 1973
  • Dec 19, 1974

4: 40393836

1 year, 13 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 19, 1974
  • Jan 20, 1977

5: 4140393836

2 years, 32 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1977
  • Jan 13, 1978

6: 424140393836

358 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 13, 1978
  • Jan 26, 1979

5: 4241403936

1 year, 13 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 26, 1979
  • Jan 20, 1981

4: 42403936

1 year, 360 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1981
  • Jan 20, 1989

5: 4342403936

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1989
  • Jan 20, 1993

6: 444342403936

4 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 1993
  • Apr 22, 1994

7: 45444342403936

1 year, 92 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Apr 22, 1994
  • Sep 17, 1996

6: 454443424039

2 years, 148 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Sep 17, 1996
  • Jan 20, 2001

5: 4544434240

4 years, 125 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2001
  • Dec 26, 2006

6: 464544434240

5 years, 340 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Dec 26, 2006
  • Jan 20, 2009

5: 4645444342

2 years, 25 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2009
  • Jan 20, 2017

6: 474645444342

8 years, 0 days
  • From:
  • To:
  • Jan 20, 2017
  • (Present)

7: 48474645444342

1 year, 206 days
Starting and ending events Living vice presidents Time span
1 Order of service (linked)            + Increases (inaugurations)            Decreases (deaths)
(vice-presidential inaugurations generally linked to corresponding presidential inauguration)

Current, most, and fewest living vice presidents[edit]

Living vice presidents as of August 14, 2018 (from oldest to youngest):[8]

  • George H. W. Bush, born (1924-06-12) June 12, 1924 (age 94); in office 1981–1989
  • Walter Mondale, born (1928-01-05) January 5, 1928 (age 90); in office 1977–1981
  • Dick Cheney, born (1941-01-30) January 30, 1941 (age 77); in office 2001–2009
  • Joe Biden, born (1942-11-20) November 20, 1942 (age 75); in office 2009–2017
  • Dan Quayle, born (1947-02-04) February 4, 1947 (age 71); in office 1989–1993
  • Al Gore, born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 70); in office 1993–2001
  • Mike Pence, born (1959-06-07) June 7, 1959 (age 59); in office 2017–present

There have been two time periods with seven living vice presidents, the incumbent and six former vice presidents:[8]

There have been four time periods with only one living vice president:[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Inauguration Ceremonies". www.senate.gov. United States Senate. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Presidents Birth and Death Information". PresidentsUSA.net. Baaron's Hill, LLC. 
  3. ^ a b Barone, Michael (January 23, 2017). "We have a record number of living ex-presidents". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Murse, Tom. "How Many Presidents Are Still Alive? Here's a List". ThoughtCo. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Clay (January 10, 2009). "Hail to the chiefs! 6 is record for living presidents". archive.azcentral.com. Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  6. ^ Barone, Michael (January 17, 2017). "Six periods with no living ex-presidents". Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ Hatfield, Mark O. Wolff, Wendy, ed. Vice Presidents of the United States 1789-1993 (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Feinman, Ronald L. "Seven Living Vice Presidents, Most For Second Time In American History, And Longevity Of Presidents And First Ladies". The Progressive Professor. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  9. ^ Strock, Ian Randal (2016). Ranking the Vice Presidents: True Tales and Trivia, from John Adams to Joe Biden. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-63144-061-8. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Veeps: Hannibal Hamlin". Presidential History Geeks Journal, livejournal.com. September 2, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 

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