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December 5th, 2018 at 6:55:35 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Which president had the longest post presidency ? Guess before you google. If you can guess #2 put answer in spoiler.

James K. Polk lived only 103 days past the end of his presidency on Mar 4, 1849. Post WWII Lyndon B. Johnson presidency end on Jan 20, 1969 and he lived an additional 4 years, 2 days.

Eight presidents have died in office and had no post presidency.


The most improbable bit of presidential trivia is that three of the five founding fathers: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Monroe all died on 4 July. I suspect "fake news".
December 5th, 2018 at 7:25:10 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Didn’t 2 of the July 4th ex-presidents die on the same day?
December 5th, 2018 at 7:40:41 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Ayecarumba
Didn’t 2 of the July 4th ex-presidents die on the same day?

yes, and the third died 5 years later (I think).

Age at end of Presidency
35 --- 46 years, 177 days ---  John F. Kennedy
20 --- 49 years, 304 days ---  James A. Garfield
26 --- 50 years, 128 days ---  Theodore Roosevelt
22 --- 51 years, 351 days ---  Grover Cleveland ~ first term
14 --- 52 years, 101 days ---  Franklin Pierce
13 --- 53 years, 56 days ---  Millard Fillmore
11 --- 53 years, 122 days ---  James K. Polk
42 --- 54 years, 154 days ---  Bill Clinton
18 --- 54 years, 311 days ---  Ulysses S. Grant
10 --- 54 years, 340 days ---  John Tyler
21 --- 55 years, 150 days ---  Chester A. Arthur
44 --- 55 years, 169 days ---  Barack Obama
27 --- 55 years, 170 days ---  William H. Taft
16 --- 56 years, 62 days ---  Abraham Lincoln
39 --- 56 years, 111 days ---  Jimmy Carter
30 --- 56 years, 243 days ---  Calvin Coolidge
29 --- 57 years, 273 days ---  Warren G. Harding
8 --- 58 years, 89 days ---  Martin Van Buren
19 --- 58 years, 151 days ---  Rutherford B. Hayes
31 --- 58 years, 206 days ---  Herbert Hoover
25 --- 58 years, 228 days ---  William McKinley
23 --- 59 years, 196 days ---  Benjamin Harrison
24 --- 59 years, 351 days ---  Grover Cleveland ~ second nonsequential term
17 --- 60 years, 65 days ---  Andrew Johnson
36 --- 60 years, 146 days ---  Lyndon B. Johnson
37 --- 61 years, 212 days ---  Richard Nixon
6 --- 61 years, 236 days ---  John Quincy Adams
43 --- 62 years, 198 days ---  George W. Bush
32 --- 63 years, 72 days ---  Franklin D. Roosevelt
38 --- 63 years, 190 days ---  Gerald Ford
28 --- 64 years, 66 days ---  Woodrow Wilson
1 --- 65 years, 10 days ---  George Washington
2 --- 65 years, 125 days ---  John Adams
12 --- 65 years, 227 days ---  Zachary Taylor
3 --- 65 years, 325 days ---  Thomas Jefferson
4 --- 65 years, 353 days ---  James Madison
5 --- 66 years, 310 days ---  James Monroe
9 --- 68 years, 54 days ---  William Henry Harrison
41 --- 68 years, 222 days ---  George H. W. Bush
33 --- 68 years, 257 days ---  Harry S. Truman
15 --- 69 years, 315 days ---  James Buchanan
7 --- 69 years, 354 days ---  Andrew Jackson
34 --- 70 years, 98 days ---  Dwight D. Eisenhower
40 --- 77 years, 349 days ---  Ronald Reagan
45 --- ---  Donald Trump
December 6th, 2018 at 2:12:11 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Pacomartin
Which president had the longest post presidency ? Guess before you google.


No need to guess when you know the answer. lol
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December 6th, 2018 at 3:37:36 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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Quote: AZDuffman
No need to guess when you know the answer. lol
usually you prove it, but maybe you're saying you looked it up

I want to say Calvin Coolidge even though he died in his 50s. On the other hand, just looking at the age at death isn't given me any inspiration, so I'll stick with Calvin C.
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December 6th, 2018 at 4:25:02 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: odiousgambit
usually you prove it, but maybe you're saying you looked it up


Can't really prove it. Lets just say I heard it in passing sometime the last year or so I don't even remember where.
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December 6th, 2018 at 8:28:56 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: AZDuffman
Can't really prove it. Lets just say I heard it in passing sometime the last year or so I don't even remember where.


You get peppered with this POTUS trivia from time to time on the news.

George Washington died less than 3 years after leaving office which has led some to speculate that he didn't really feel honor bound to leave the presidency after two terms, but instead he just was sick.

The 2nd and 3rd president both died on 4th of July 1826. But John Adams finished his only term 8 years before Thomas Jefferson finished his second term, so John Adams actually set the record for "length of post presidency" which held for over a century.
December 8th, 2018 at 1:10:15 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Here is the full list of length of post-presidency

39 • Jimmy Carter 37 years, 322 days ---------------------------------------------------
31 • Herbert Hoover 31 years, 230 days
38 • Gerald Ford 29 years, 340 days
41 • George H. W. Bush 25 years, 314 days
2 • John Adams 25 years, 122 days (held the record until the 1950's when Herbert Hoover passed him)
8 • Martin Van Buren 21 years, 142 days
13 • Millard Fillmore 21 years, 4 days
33 • Harry S. Truman 19 years, 341 days
37 • Richard Nixon 19 years, 256 days
4 • James Madison 19 years, 116 days
6 • John Quincy Adams 18 years, 356 days
42 • Bill Clinton 17 years, 322 days -------------------------------------------
3 • Thomas Jefferson 17 years, 122 days
27 • William H. Taft 17 years, 4 days
10 • John Tyler 16 years, 320 days
40 • Ronald Reagan 15 years, 137 days
14 • Franklin Pierce 12 years, 218 days
19 • Rutherford B. Hayes 11 years, 319 days
24 • Grover Cleveland 11 years, 112 days *
22 • Grover Cleveland 4 years, 0 days (until he was re-elected as POTUS #24)
43 • George W. Bush 9 years, 322 days -----------------------------------
26 • Theodore Roosevelt 9 years, 308 days
18 • Ulysses S. Grant 8 years, 141 days
7 • Andrew Jackson 8 years, 96 days
34 • Dwight D. Eisenhower 8 years, 67 days
23 • Benjamin Harrison 8 years, 9 days
15 • James Buchanan 7 years, 89 days
17 • Andrew Johnson 6 years, 149 days
5 • James Monroe 6 years, 122 days
36 • Lyndon B. Johnson 4 years, 2 days
30 • Calvin Coolidge 3 years, 307 days
28 • Woodrow Wilson 2 years, 336 days
1 • George Washington 2 years, 285 days
44 • Barack Obama 1 year, 322 days -----------------------------------
21 • Chester A. Arthur 1 year, 259 days
11 • James K. Polk 103 days
32 • Franklin D. Roosevelt 0 days
25 • William McKinley 0 days
16 • Abraham Lincoln 0 days
35 • John F. Kennedy 0 days
29 • Warren G. Harding 0 days
12 • Zachary Taylor 0 days
20 • James A. Garfield 0 days
9 • William Henry Harrison 0 days

John Adams also held the record as longest lived president until the year 2000 (only one to live past age of 90) when he was passed by Ronald Reagan


The age at end of Presidency for the living presidents is very close, so it is impossible to say which POTUS will have the longest ex-presidency when they all die
42 --- 54 years, 154 days --- Bill Clinton
44 --- 55 years, 169 days --- Barack Obama
39 --- 56 years, 111 days --- Jimmy Carter
43 --- 62 years, 198 days --- George W. Bush