List of Presidents of the United States by age


List of Presidents of the United States by age

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 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 November 23, 2011.

Overview

Age of presidents when assuming office approximately follows a bell curve (mean age marked by red line)

The median age of accession is roughly 54 years and 11 months, which falls between Herbert Hoover (22nd youngest) and Lyndon B. Johnson (23rd). The youngest person to assume office by any means was Vice-President 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 former president is George H. W. Bush, born June 12, 1924 (aged &1000000000000008700000087 years, &10000000000000164000000164 days). Jimmy Carter is the second-oldest, only 111 days younger than Bush. Carter was born October 1, 1924 (aged &1000000000000008700000087 years, &1000000000000005300000053 days). The youngest living former president is Bill Clinton, born August 19, 1946 (aged &1000000000000006500000065 years, &1000000000000009600000096 days), closely followed by George W. Bush, only 44 days older, born July 6, 1946 (aged &1000000000000006500000065 years, &10000000000000140000000140 days). The youngest living president is the incumbent, Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961 (aged &1000000000000005000000050 years, &10000000000000111000000111 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 24, 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 at the age of 53 years and 225 days.

The president with the longest retirement was Herbert Hoover, who died 11,553 days after leaving the presidency. Jimmy Carter currently has the second-longest retirement, and he will tie Hoover if he lives to September 7, 2012. The president with the shortest retirement was James K. Polk, who died 103 days after leaving the presidency.

Barack Obama became the fifth-youngest person inaugurated as President, at 47 years and 169 days old. Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Ulysses S. Grant, in that order, were younger than Obama when they took the oath of office; Grover Cleveland was about six months older (see table below).

List of Presidents

#
President
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Length of
retirement
Date of death
Lifespan
1 Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington 1732-02-22February 22, 1732(1732-02-22)[1] April 30, 1789 (1789-04-30) 57-067&1000000000000005700000057 years, &1000000000000006700000067 days March 4, 1797 (1797-03-04) 01,0151,015 days 1799-12-14December 14, 1799(1799-12-14) 24,767 days (&1000000000000006700000067 years, &10000000000000295000000295 days)
2 Adams, John John Adams 1735-10-30October 30, 1735(1735-10-30)[1] March 4, 1797 (1797-03-04) 61-125&1000000000000006100000061 years, &10000000000000125000000125 days March 4, 1801 (1801-03-04) 09,2539,253 days 1826-07-04July 4, 1826(1826-07-04) 33,119 days (&1000000000000009000000090 years, &10000000000000247000000247 days)
3 Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson 1743-04-13April 13, 1743(1743-04-13)[1] March 4, 1801 (1801-03-04) 57-325&1000000000000005700000057 years, &10000000000000325000000325 days March 4, 1809 (1809-03-04) 06,3316,331 days 1826-07-04July 4, 1826(1826-07-04) 30,397 days (&1000000000000008300000083 years, &1000000000000008200000082 days)
4 Madison, JamesJames Madison 1751-03-16March 16, 1751(1751-03-16)[1] March 4, 1809 (1809-03-04) 57-353&1000000000000005700000057 years, &10000000000000353000000353 days March 4, 1817 (1817-03-04) 07,0567,056 days 1836-06-28June 28, 1836(1836-06-28) 31,150 days (&1000000000000008500000085 years, &10000000000000104000000104 days)
5 Monroe, JamesJames Monroe 1758-04-28April 28, 1758(1758-04-28) March 4, 1817 (1817-03-04) 58-310&1000000000000005800000058 years, &10000000000000310000000310 days March 4, 1825 (1825-03-04) 02,3132,313 days 1831-07-04July 4, 1831(1831-07-04) 26,729 days (&1000000000000007300000073 years, &1000000000000006700000067 days)
6 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams 1767-07-11July 11, 1767(1767-07-11) March 4, 1825 (1825-03-04) 57-236&1000000000000005700000057 years, &10000000000000236000000236 days March 4, 1829 (1829-03-04) 06,9306,930 days 1848-02-23February 23, 1848(1848-02-23) 29,446 days (&1000000000000008000000080 years, &10000000000000227000000227 days)
7 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson 1767-03-15March 15, 1767(1767-03-15) March 4, 1829 (1829-03-04) 61-354&1000000000000006100000061 years, &10000000000000354000000354 days March 4, 1837 (1837-03-04) 03,0183,018 days 1845-06-08June 8, 1845(1845-06-08) 28,574 days (&1000000000000007800000078 years, &1000000000000008500000085 days)
8 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren 1782-12-05December 5, 1782(1782-12-05) March 4, 1837 (1837-03-04) 54-089&1000000000000005400000054 years, &1000000000000008900000089 days March 4, 1841 (1841-03-04) 07,8127,812 days 1862-07-24July 24, 1862(1862-07-24) 29,085 days (&1000000000000007900000079 years, &10000000000000231000000231 days)
9 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry Harrison 1773-02-09February 9, 1773(1773-02-09) March 4, 1841 (1841-03-04) 68-023&1000000000000006800000068 years, &1000000000000002300000023 days April 4, 1841 (1841-04-04) 00,000N/A[2] 1841-04-04April 4, 1841(1841-04-04) 24,890 days (&1000000000000006800000068 years, &1000000000000005400000054 days)
10 Tyler, JohnJohn Tyler 1790-03-29March 29, 1790(1790-03-29) April 4, 1841 (1841-04-04) 51-006&1000000000000005100000051 years, &100000000000000060000006 days March 4, 1845 (1845-03-04) 06,1646,164 days 1862-01-18January 18, 1862(1862-01-18) 26,227 days (&1000000000000007100000071 years, &10000000000000295000000295 days)
11 Polk, JamesJames K. Polk 1795-11-02November 2, 1795(1795-11-02) March 4, 1845 (1845-03-04) 49-122&1000000000000004900000049 years, &10000000000000122000000122 days March 4, 1849 (1849-03-04) 00,103103 days 1849-06-15June 15, 1849(1849-06-15) 19,583 days (&1000000000000005300000053 years, &10000000000000225000000225 days)
12 Taylor, ZacharyZachary Taylor 1784-11-24November 24, 1784(1784-11-24) March 4, 1849 (1849-03-04) 64-100&1000000000000006400000064 years, &10000000000000100000000100 days July 9, 1850 (1850-07-09) 00,000N/A[2] 1850-07-09July 9, 1850(1850-07-09) 23,967 days (&1000000000000006500000065 years, &10000000000000227000000227 days)
13 Fillmore, MillardMillard Fillmore 1800-01-07January 7, 1800(1800-01-07) July 9, 1850 (1850-07-09) 50-183&1000000000000005000000050 years, &10000000000000183000000183 days March 4, 1853 (1853-03-04) 07,6747,674 days 1874-03-08March 8, 1874(1874-03-08) 27,088 days (&1000000000000007400000074 years, &1000000000000006000000060 days)
14 Pierce, FranklinFranklin Pierce 1804-11-23November 23, 1804(1804-11-23) March 4, 1853 (1853-03-04) 48-101&1000000000000004800000048 years, &10000000000000101000000101 days March 4, 1857 (1857-03-04) 04,6014,601 days 1869-10-08October 8, 1869(1869-10-08) 23,695 days (&1000000000000006400000064 years, &10000000000000319000000319 days)
15 Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan 1791-04-23April 23, 1791(1791-04-23) March 4, 1857 (1857-03-04) 65-315&1000000000000006500000065 years, &10000000000000315000000315 days March 4, 1861 (1861-03-04) 02,6462,646 days 1868-06-01June 1, 1868(1868-06-01) 28,163 days (&1000000000000007700000077 years, &1000000000000003900000039 days)
16 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln 1809-02-12February 12, 1809(1809-02-12) March 4, 1861 (1861-03-04) 52-020&1000000000000005200000052 years, &1000000000000002000000020 days April 15, 1865 (1865-04-15) 00,000N/A[3] 1865-04-15April 15, 1865(1865-04-15) 20,516 days (&1000000000000005600000056 years, &1000000000000006200000062 days)
17 Johnson, AndrewAndrew Johnson 1808-12-29December 29, 1808(1808-12-29) April 15, 1865 (1865-04-15) 56-107&1000000000000005600000056 years, &10000000000000107000000107 days March 4, 1869 (1869-03-04) 02,3402,340 days 1875-07-31July 31, 1875(1875-07-31) 24,320 days (&1000000000000006600000066 years, &10000000000000214000000214 days)
18 Grant, UlyssesUlysses S. Grant 1822-04-27April 27, 1822(1822-04-27) March 4, 1869 (1869-03-04) 46-311&1000000000000004600000046 years, &10000000000000311000000311 days March 4, 1877 (1877-03-04) 03,0633,063 days 1885-07-23July 23, 1885(1885-07-23) 23,098 days (&1000000000000006300000063 years, &1000000000000008700000087 days)
19 Hayes, RutherfordRutherford B. Hayes 1822-10-04October 4, 1822(1822-10-04) March 4, 1877 (1877-03-04) 54-151&1000000000000005400000054 years, &10000000000000151000000151 days March 4, 1881 (1881-03-04) 04,3374,337 days 1893-01-17January 17, 1893(1893-01-17) 25,673 days (&1000000000000007000000070 years, &10000000000000105000000105 days)
20 Garfield, JamesJames A. Garfield 1831-11-19November 19, 1831(1831-11-19) March 4, 1881 (1881-03-04) 49-105&1000000000000004900000049 years, &10000000000000105000000105 days September 19, 1881 (1881-09-19) 00,000N/A[3] 1881-09-19September 19, 1881(1881-09-19) 18,202 days (&1000000000000004900000049 years, &10000000000000304000000304 days)
21 Arthur, ChesterChester A. Arthur 1829-10-05October 5, 1829(1829-10-05) September 19, 1881 (1881-09-19) 51-349&1000000000000005100000051 years, &10000000000000349000000349 days March 4, 1885 (1885-03-04) 00,624624 days 1886-11-18November 18, 1886(1886-11-18) 20,863 days (&1000000000000005700000057 years, &1000000000000004400000044 days)
22 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland 1837-03-18March 18, 1837(1837-03-18) March 4, 1885 (1885-03-04)[4] 47-351&1000000000000004700000047 years, &10000000000000351000000351 days March 4, 1889 (1889-03-04) 05,5905,590 days[5] 1908-06-24June 24, 1908(1908-06-24) 26,030 days (&1000000000000007100000071 years, &1000000000000009800000098 days)
23 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison 1833-08-20August 20, 1833(1833-08-20) March 4, 1889 (1889-03-04) 55-196&1000000000000005500000055 years, &10000000000000196000000196 days March 4, 1893 (1893-03-04) 02,9302,930 days 1901-03-13March 13, 1901(1901-03-13) 24,676 days (&1000000000000006700000067 years, &10000000000000205000000205 days)
24 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland 1837-03-18March 18, 1837(1837-03-18) March 4, 1893 (1893-03-04)[4] 55-351&1000000000000005500000055 years, &10000000000000351000000351 days March 4, 1897 (1897-03-04) 05,5905,590 days[5] 1908-06-24June 24, 1908(1908-06-24) 26,030 days (&1000000000000007100000071 years, &1000000000000009800000098 days)
25 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley 1843-01-29January 29, 1843(1843-01-29) March 4, 1897 (1897-03-04) 54-034&1000000000000005400000054 years, &1000000000000003400000034 days September 14, 1901 (1901-09-14) 00,000N/A[3] 1901-09-14September 14, 1901(1901-09-14) 21,412 days (&1000000000000005800000058 years, &10000000000000228000000228 days)
26 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt 1858-10-27October 27, 1858(1858-10-27) September 14, 1901 (1901-09-14) 42-322&1000000000000004200000042 years, &10000000000000322000000322 days March 4, 1909 (1909-03-04) 03,5953,595 days 1919-01-06January 6, 1919(1919-01-06) 21,985 days (&1000000000000006000000060 years, &1000000000000007100000071 days)
27 Taft, WilliamWilliam Howard Taft 1857-09-15September 15, 1857(1857-09-15) March 4, 1909 (1909-03-04) 51-170&1000000000000005100000051 years, &10000000000000170000000170 days March 4, 1913 (1913-03-04) 06,2136,213 days 1930-03-08March 8, 1930(1930-03-08) 26,471 days (&1000000000000007200000072 years, &10000000000000174000000174 days)
28 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson 1856-12-28December 28, 1856(1856-12-28) March 4, 1913 (1913-03-04) 56-066&1000000000000005600000056 years, &1000000000000006600000066 days March 4, 1921 (1921-03-04) 01,0661,066 days 1924-02-03February 3, 1924(1924-02-03) 24,507 days (&1000000000000006700000067 years, &1000000000000003700000037 days)
29 Harding, WarrenWarren G. Harding 1865-11-02November 2, 1865(1865-11-02) March 4, 1921 (1921-03-04) 55-122&1000000000000005500000055 years, &10000000000000122000000122 days August 2, 1923 (1923-08-02) 00,000N/A[2] 1923-08-02August 2, 1923(1923-08-02) 21,091 days (&1000000000000005700000057 years, &10000000000000273000000273 days)
30 Coolidge, CalvinCalvin Coolidge 1872-07-04July 4, 1872(1872-07-04) 1923-08-02August 2, 1923 (1923-08-02) 51-029&1000000000000005100000051 years, &1000000000000002900000029 days March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04) 01,4031,403 days 1933-01-05January 5, 1933(1933-01-05) 22,099 days (&1000000000000006000000060 years, &10000000000000185000000185 days)
31 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover 1874-08-10August 10, 1874(1874-08-10) March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04) 54-206&1000000000000005400000054 years, &10000000000000206000000206 days March 4, 1933 (1933-03-04) 11,55311,553 days 1964-10-20October 20, 1964(1964-10-20) 32,943 days (&1000000000000009000000090 years, &1000000000000007100000071 days)
32 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin D. Roosevelt 1882-01-30January 30, 1882(1882-01-30) March 4, 1933 (1933-03-04) 51-033&1000000000000005100000051 years, &1000000000000003300000033 days April 12, 1945 (1945-04-12) 00,000N/A[2] 1945-04-12April 12, 1945(1945-04-12) 23,082 days (&1000000000000006300000063 years, &1000000000000007200000072 days)
33 Truman, HarryHarry S. Truman 1884-05-08May 8, 1884(1884-05-08) April 12, 1945 (1945-04-12) 60-339&1000000000000006000000060 years, &10000000000000339000000339 days January 20, 1953 (1953-01-20) 07,2807,280 days 1972-12-26December 26, 1972(1972-12-26) 32,373 days (&1000000000000008800000088 years, &10000000000000232000000232 days)
34 Eisenhower, DwightDwight D. Eisenhower 1890-10-14October 14, 1890(1890-10-14) January 20, 1953 (1953-01-20) 62-098&1000000000000006200000062 years, &1000000000000009800000098 days January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 02,9892,989 days 1969-03-28March 28, 1969(1969-03-28) 28,654 days (&1000000000000007800000078 years, &10000000000000165000000165 days)
35 Kennedy, JohnJohn F. Kennedy 1917-05-29May 29, 1917(1917-05-29) January 20, 1961 (1961-01-20) 43-236&1000000000000004300000043 years, &10000000000000236000000236 days November 22, 1963 (1963-11-22) 00,000N/A[3] 1963-11-22November 22, 1963(1963-11-22) 16,978 days (&1000000000000004600000046 years, &10000000000000177000000177 days)
36 Johnson, LyndonLyndon B. Johnson 1908-08-27August 27, 1908(1908-08-27) November 22, 1963 (1963-11-22) 55-087&1000000000000005500000055 years, &1000000000000008700000087 days January 20, 1969 (1969-01-20) 01,4631,463 days 1973-01-22January 22, 1973(1973-01-22) 23,524 days (&1000000000000006400000064 years, &10000000000000148000000148 days)
37 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon 1913-01-09January 9, 1913(1913-01-09) January 20, 1969 (1969-01-20) 56-011&1000000000000005600000056 years, &1000000000000001100000011 days August 9, 1974 (1974-08-09)[6] 07,1967,196 days 1994-04-22April 22, 1994(1994-04-22) 29,688 days (&1000000000000008100000081 years, &10000000000000103000000103 days)
38 Ford, GeraldGerald Ford 1913-07-14July 14, 1913(1913-07-14) August 9, 1974 (1974-08-09) 61-026&1000000000000006100000061 years, &1000000000000002600000026 days January 20, 1977 (1977-01-20) 10,93210,932 days 2006-12-26December 26, 2006(2006-12-26) 34,133 days (&1000000000000009300000093 years, &10000000000000165000000165 days)
39 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter 1924-10-01October 1, 1924(1924-10-01) January 20, 1977 (1977-01-20) 52-111&1000000000000005200000052 years, &10000000000000111000000111 days January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20) 11,26411,264 days 2011-11-23 31,829 days (&1000000000000008700000087 years, &1000000000000005300000053 days)
40 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 1911-02-06February 6, 1911(1911-02-06) January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20) 69-349&1000000000000006900000069 years, &10000000000000349000000349 days January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20) 05,6155,615 days 2004-06-05June 5, 2004(2004-06-05) 34,088 days (&1000000000000009300000093 years, &10000000000000120000000120 days)
41 Bush, George H.W.George H. W. Bush 1924-06-12June 12, 1924(1924-06-12) January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20) 64-222&1000000000000006400000064 years, &10000000000000222000000222 days January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) 06,8816,881 days 2011-11-23 31,940 days (&1000000000000008700000087 years, &10000000000000164000000164 days)
42 Clinton, WilliamBill Clinton 1946-08-19August 19, 1946(1946-08-19) January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) 46-154&1000000000000004600000046 years, &10000000000000154000000154 days January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20) 03,9593,959 days 2011-11-23 23,837 days (&1000000000000006500000065 years, &1000000000000009600000096 days)
43 Bush, George W.George W. Bush 1946-07-06July 6, 1946(1946-07-06) January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20) 54-198&1000000000000005400000054 years, &10000000000000198000000198 days January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20) 01,0371,037 days 2011-11-23 23,881 days (&1000000000000006500000065 years, &10000000000000140000000140 days)
44 Obama, BarackBarack Obama 1961-08-04August 4, 1961(1961-08-04) January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20) 47-169&1000000000000004700000047 years, &10000000000000169000000169 days 00,000Incumbent 2011-11-23 18,373 days (&1000000000000005000000050 years, &10000000000000111000000111 days)
# President Date of birth Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
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.

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