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Most Presidents were congressmen, or state and local politicians. For example, JFK was in the Senate before he became president. Obama was in the senate before he became president. And Clinton was Governor of Arkansas before he became president.

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Presidents were usually involved in law. They held jobs like lawyers, senators, representatives, congressmen. However in 2008 the presidents previous jobs included hanging flyers, acting (like he had any decency), forging documents, lying, and being an communist spy. Thanks Obama destroying America without care or vaseline.

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There have been over 40 US Presidents and their occupations vary widely. However, many were military officers and/or lawyers. Many spent most of their lives in politics or other forms of public service.

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The most common occupation of US Presidents at any time before taking office was Lawyer. At least the following 25 of the 43 US Presidents to date had been Lawyers earlier in their careers.

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Martin Van Buren
  • John Tyler
  • James K. Polk
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William McKinley
  • William Howard Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Richard M. Nixon
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • Bill Clinton
  • Barack Obama

Regarding the last occupation before becoming President, the most common is US Vice President. It was the last occupation before the presidency for the following 13 Presidents:

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • John Tyler
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • George H. W. Bush
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normally some sort of political work. Exs are governor, senator, representative.

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The majority have either been lawyers or had law degrees. But many others were businessmen of some kind. A few were in the military, others were farmers, professors, or even journalists.

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Congressman or politicians

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What traits do all the presidents share?

They are all male, over 35 when elected, and citizens of the United States. Presidents have lived in very different time periods, with very different understandings of country, society and the world. There have been brave presidents and cowardly presidents, intelligent presidents and not-so-intelligent presidents, warlike presidents and peaceful presidents... the list goes on. To try to choose a set of traits that encompasses all of them is an exercise in futility, and anyone who says otherwise is merely venturing a guess.


What is the most common profession for presidents?

More US presidents were lawyers before they became President. 25 of the 43 presidents were admitted to the bar, although not all them earned their living that way.Of course, if you consider politician to be a profession, even more of them engaged in that.


How long is the President's terms?

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The pension for former presidents is $196,700 at the present time(2012) plus money for an office and staff for four and one-half years after they leave office. This amount can be adjusted at will by Congress. It is currently tied to the pay of cabinet members. For most of America's history, retired presidents did not receive a pension. In 1958 Congress passed the Former Presidents Act, which gave retired presidents a pension of $25,000 per year, an office, and a staff. Truman and Hoover were the former Presidents in 1958. Presidents who want to make more money usually have no problems getting speaking engagements or getting their books published. They usually get offers to teach as a visiting professor and to serve on corporate boards.


How many presidents in a row have won re-election?

The most consecutive U.S. Presidents to be elected more than once each is three. That happened twice, from 1800 to 1825 with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe and from 1992 to 2016 with Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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What job did most of the presidents have before being elected into office?

Senator.


What job did most of the president have before being elected to office?

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What job did the majority of the presidents have?

Most of them were lawyers before they became office holders.


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Which presidents were liked by the voters after he took office?

Most of the Presidents who were relected, were popular with the voters 4 years after they were elected to their first term. A few reelected Presidents, such as LBJ in 1968 and RM Nixon in 1974, lost their popularity after reelection.


Why do you have to have so many presidents?

A president can only be elected to at most two four-years terms. Further some of them die in office or resign and do not complete their terms,


Does a president have to get married?

No, there is no rule about that. As it turns out, most American presidents did get married, and usually long before they were elected to the presidency. But several were widowers, several married while in office, and at least one-- James Buchanan (the 15th president)-- never married at all.


Is it true or false that at the national level most judges are elected to office?

No. All Federal judges are appointed, but most state judges are elected to office.


Who has been called the most accidental of all presidents because he did not run for the vice presidency or the presidency before taking oath of office?

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What are Most political officials are elected into office by?

Yes. Voters elect people to office.


Most political officials are elected into office?

Yes. Voters elect people to office.