Which University Claims The Most U.S. Presidents As Alumni?

1. Harvard University

Unsurprisingly, Harvard takes first place when it comes to which university claims the most U.S. presidents as alumni. Harvard University is the oldest school in the nation, founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In fact, the university has actually existed longer than the presidential office itself.

Eight U.S. presidents went to Harvard, starting with John Adams, followed by John Quincy Adams, both Roosevelts, and John F. Kennedy, who received 6 undergraduate degrees from Harvard University. Barack Obama, George Bush, and Rutherford Hayes attended Harvard Law and Business schools.

Vice presidents Al Gore and Elbridge Gerry also attended Harvard University.

2. Yale University

The runner up after Harvard is Yale University, claiming 5 U.S presidents as alumni. Presidents that attended Yale University include William Howard Taft, George H.W Bush, and George W. Bush for his undergraduate studies, prior to attending Harvard University. Both Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton attended Yale Law School as well.

First Lady Hilary Clinton also attended Yale University, which is where she and Bill met for the first time.

South Carolina senator John C. Calhoun, who served for two terms under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, was the earliest vice president to graduate from Yale. For two decades straight from 1989-2009, at least one president earned at least one degree from Yale University.

3. College Of William and Mary

College of William and Mary was founded in the 1600s and was attended by three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler.

It is the second-oldest higher education institution in the U.S., and today is public, however when these three presidents attended it was private. Although George Washington never completed a formal degree, he was the first president to earn a surveyor’s certificate from the College of William and Mary.

4. Princeton University

U.S. former presidents James Maddison and Woodrow Wilson attended Princeton University.

Woodrow was in fact the only U.S. president to obtain a PhD degree and was also the 13th president of Princeton University before being elected as president of the United States. Woodrow also taught politics and law at Princeton, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Today, Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs is named after him.

John F. Kennedy also attended Princeton University for a short time before transferring to Harvard. Several vice presidents attended Princeton University, including Aaron Burr, George M. Dallas, and John C. Breckinbridge.

5. United States Military Academy At West Point

Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower are the only 2 U.S. presidents who attended the United States Military Academy At West Point. They are also 2 of the most important military generals in American history. Jimmy Carter also attended a military academy, however, it was the U.S. Naval Academy.

Yale University, the runner up after Harvard, where 5 U.S Presidents attended before they were elected.
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6. Columbia University

Barack Obama was once believed to be the only U.S. president to have graduated from Columbia University, as he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia.

However, in 2008, both Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were awarded with posthumus JDs from Columbia Law School, technically making them the most recent presidential graduates of Columbia University. They both attended law school at Columbia, however they both withdrew before completing their degrees in the 1800s and 1900s.

Daniel Tompkins, the vice president who served under James Monroe also attended Columbia University, and President Dwight Eisenhower was also the president of Columbia for a few years.

7. Stanford University

Herbet Hoover attended Stanford University in 1891 when the school was first founded, and may have even been the first student to attend the school. Hoover earned a degree in geology, and did humanitarian and mining work before becoming elected as president.

Today, there are many monuments in his honor on campus at Stanford University. John F. Kennedy also attended Stanford Business School, but withdrew prior to graduating.

8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, was the only president to have attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He excelled greatly in his studies, and today some of the campus is named after him. He is most famous for expanding the size of the country.

9. Georgetown University

While most U.S presidents attended Harvard and Yale, there are a few other schools that they went to, as well as vice presidents. Many went to small private schools, such as Williams College, Amherst, and Bowdoin. Georgetown is ninth in line when it comes to which university claims the most U.S. presidents as alumni.

Bill Clinton attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate degree, before continuing his studies at Yale Law School and Oxford. Lyndon B. Johnson, the vice president who served under John F. Kennedy, also attended Georgetown Law, but dropped out.

10. University Of Virginia

Not one U.S president graduated from the University of Virginia — however, several were part of its founding. Thomas Jefferson was responsible for the Charlottesville, Virginia school in 1819 after completing 2 terms as president of the United States. Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were also some of the first to serve on the board of the University of Virginia.

Woodrow Wilson also attended the University of Virginia later on for law school, but left without graduating. Former vice president and U.S. senator Alben Barkley graduated from law school here in 1900.

How Many Presidents Went To Ivy League Schools?
There are 12 Ivy League schools in the United States that are considered to be the best, but believe it or not, there are many presidents that didn’t go to Ivy League schools. Of the 44 men who served as president, only 16 of them graduated from Ivy League schools, and only 32 of them graduated from college overall.

There are 9 presidents that never attended college whatsoever, including George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman.

Only around three-quarters of U.S. presidents attended college. In fact, there are no educational requirements to become president. The United States Constitution states that there are three requirements in order to be eligible for presidency: that they are U.S. born, have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years, and are over 35 years old. There are no educational requirements.

Nonetheless, presidential alumni make for invaluable assets to promote any university, and for any presidential hopeful, they will surely want to follow in the footsteps of their great leaders.

When it comes to which university claims the most U.S. presidents as alumni, Harvard University takes the gold medal, responsible for the education of 8 different U.S. presidents.


15 US Presidents & Vice Presidents Who Died in Office
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Sherrie Johnson
PUBLISHED ON: 6/19/2020

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The President of the United States is said to be one of the most powerful people in the entire world! Every President not only serves as the head of the nation but is also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. As such, there’s a lot of pressure and responsibility that weighs on the President’s shoulders.

Because of their position, there are strict rules and guidelines that ensure the President can carry out his duties with full health for the length of their term. However, there have been some circumstances when the President began his term and was unable to finish it, dying in office. When this happens, the Vice President takes over Presidential duties. Out of the 45 Presidents to date, eight died while in office.

Of the 48 Vice Presidents, seven died in office. The causes of deaths include assassination, illness, and natural causes.

US Presidents That Died in Office
Since the Presidential Office was set up in 1789, 45 individuals have filled in as President of the United States. Of the eight presidents that died in office, four were killed and four passed away from natural causes. On each of these occasions, the VP became the Commander in Chief for the duration of the term.

If you’re on a fact-finding mission or heading to Washington D.C. for a visit, you can find out where the US Presidents are buried and visit each one.

1. William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison was an American military officer and government official who was elected to serve as the ninth President of the United States in 1841.

On March 26, 1841, William Henry Harrison became sick with a cold after his two-hour-long inaugural address in the rain and subsequent meetings in wet, damp clothing. His health deteriorated over the following days and specialists were brought in to treat him. He was determined to have pneumonia.

Exactly thirty-two days after being sworn in, Harrison became the first US president to die in office.

2. Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor was the twelfth president of the United States. On July 4, 1850, Taylor attended numerous orations to commemorate the laying of the Washington Monument foundation.

He ended the blisteringly hot day by drinking ice water, cold milk, cherries, and other fruit. That night and the following days he fell sick with an intestinal illness. Taylor died five days later on July 9. Over 100,000 people attended his funeral.

3. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln served during one of the most volatile periods of US history. His death occurred on April 14, 1865, just as the Civil War drew to an end. In a move that sent shockwaves through the entire nation, John Wilkes Booth, a notable actor, shot President Lincoln from behind while Lincoln and his wife were enjoying a play at Ford’s Theater. Booth shot Lincoln once in the back of his head then jumped from the balcony onto the stage and evaded capture for the next seven days.

Lincoln’s wound was fatal and one of the most celebrated presidents of all time died the next morning. Abraham Lincoln’s burial site garners thousands of visits by tourists from all over the world every year.

4. James A. Garfield
James Abram Garfield was the 20th president of the United States and served from March 4, 1881, until his passing by assassination six and a half months later. The second assassination of a US president, James A. Garfield was shot while out for a walk in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881, by Charles J. Guiteau.

He died eleven weeks later on September 19, 1881, of blood poisoning and complications from the shooting. Vice President Chester A. Arthur became the president after his passing.

5. William McKinley
William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. He was shot on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Just as McKinley was warmly greeting the public, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot him point-blank in the chest. Though doctors predicted a full recovery, McKinley died eight days later on September 14 from gangrene brought about by the slug wounds.

6. Warren G. Harding
Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th president of the United States from 1921 until his demise in 1923. Surrounded by rumors of corruption from friends who he appointed to office, he took a trip to meet and greet the people of America.

During his return trip, he became sick with what was assumed to be food poisoning. On August 2, he likely suffered a heart attack. His wife was the last person to see him alive, which prompted speculation that he had been poisoned by her to avoid charges of corruption.

7. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an American legislator who filled in as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his demise in 1945. On March 29, 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt went to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, to rest and recuperate after the strain of running reelection campaigns.

While sitting for a portrait, he fell unconscious and died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Vice President Harry Truman was sworn in to carry out the duties of President the same day.

8. John F. Kennedy
The most recent US president to die in office was John F. Kennedy. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States and served from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.

He was lethally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who fired three shots from a 6th-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository at 12:30 p.m. as the presidential motorcade drove through Dealey Plaza. The motorcade rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead. JFK's gravesite draws tourists from around the world and can be visited in Arlington National Cemetery.

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US Vice Presidents That Died in Office
The Vice President of the United States is the second-most noteworthy official in the branch of the US government. After the President, the VP is next in line for succession and chain-of-command. The Vice President is chosen along with the President for a four-year term of office and is ready to step in to run the country if something were to happen to the President.

However, several times in US history, it was the VP, not the President, that needed to be replaced.

1. George Clinton
George Clinton was an American officer and legislator, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

He filled in as the fourth Vice President of the United States, first under Jefferson, from 1805 to 1809, and afterward under President Madison from 1809 until his death from a cardiovascular failure in 1812.

2. Elbridge Thomas Gerry
Elbridge Thomas Gerry was an American lawmaker and representative. As a Democratic-Republican, he served as the fifth Vice President of the United States under President James Madison.

On November 23, 1814, Gerry fell sick while visiting Joseph Nourse of the Treasury Department and died not long in after returning home. He is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, with a commemoration by John Frazee.

3. William Rufus DeVane King
William Rufus DeVane King was an American legislator. He was the thirteenth Vice President of the United States for about a month and a half in 1853 preceding his death. Though part of the winning presidential ticket, King left for Cuba with hopes of recovering from tuberculosis. He was sworn in while overseas.

Realizing little would change regarding his continuing deteriorating health, he returned to the United States and died one day after arriving home in Alabama. He was buried in a vault on the ranch and later reburied in Selma's Old Live Oak Cemetery.

4. Henry Wilson
Henry Wilson was the eighteenth Vice President of the United States and a congressperson from Massachusetts. On May 19, 1873, he endured a stroke which caused a loss of motion in his face and disabled speech.

His primary care physician told him to rest, yet Wilson permitted journalists to see him. On November 22, Wilson endured another stroke while working at the Capitol. This time, it was lethal.

5. Thomas Andrews Hendricks
Thomas Andrews Hendricks was an American lawmaker and legal counselor from Indiana who served as the 21st VP of the United States.

After already declining health, Hendricks died November 25, 1885, after a trip home to Indianapolis.

6. Garret Augustus Hobart
Garret Augustus Hobart served as the 24th Vice President of the United States. During his time in office, he expanded the influence and reach of his office.

After developing heart problems, he returned home to rest where he died on November 21, 1899, at age 55.

7. James Schoolcraft Sherman
James Schoolcraft Sherman served under Howard Taft for one term starting in 1908. He was diagnosed with Bright's infection in 1904 and his health deteriorated during the 1912 campaign. He died at home in Utica, six days after his 57th birthday celebration and just days before the next election.

Men of Influence
US history is full of amazing and hardworking Presidents and Vice Presidents. It’s little wonder that monuments, statues, and their famous gravesites are visited by people from around the world each year.


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U.S. Vice-Presidents Who Died In Office Or Resigned
Seven vice-presidents have died in office since 1789, whilst another two resigned.

The first vice-president to die in office was George Clinton, in 1812. The most recent was James Sherman, in 1912.

The first vice-president to resign was John C. Calhoun, in 1832. The second was Spiro T. Agnew, in 1973. Calhoun had been elected to the Senate, whilst Agnew resigned in the face of criminal charges.

No vice-president has ever been assassinated but nine left the office due to becoming president following the assassination, death or resignation of the president. They were: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and Gerald Ford.

The office of vice-president has been vacant 19 times for a total of 37 years, 290 days since 1789, around 17% of the time (as of 2017). The first vice-president, John Adams, was sworn in 48 days late, in 1789, as the new government took shape.

Until 1965, there was no provision to replace a vice-president who died or resigned. The passage of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution allowed the president to nominate a new vice-president with the approval of the Senate.

Since the 25th Amendment came into force, it has been used twice to replace a vice-president. In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated Gerald Ford as vice-president, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, who had pleaded no contest to corruption charges on condition he resigned. Following Nixon’s 1974 resignation due to the Watergate scandal, Ford became president and nominated Nelson Rockefeller as vice-president.

The table below lists the vice-presidents who died in office or resigned. It also shows the number of days the office of vice-president was vacant as a consequence. It includes the two vice-presidents who each served under two different presidents.

U.S. Vice-Presidents Who Died In Office Or Resigned No. Incumbent Presidents Vice-Presidents Vice-President’s
Period in Office Vice-President’s Time in Office Reason Age Office Vacant

1.Thomas Jefferson
James Madison George Clinton
04.03.1805 – 04.03.1809
04.03.1809 – 20.04.1812
7 years, 1 month, 16 days
318 days

2.James Madison Elbridge Gerry
04.03.1813 – 23.11.1814
1 year, 8 months, 19 days
832 days

3.John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson John C. Calhoun
04.03.1825 – 04.03.1829
04.03.1829 – 28.12.1832
7 years, 9 months, 24 days
66 days

4.Franklin Pierce William Rufus DeVane King
04.03.1853 – 18.04.1853
1 month, 14 days
1,416 days

5.Ulysses S. Grant Henry Wilson
04.03.1873 – 22.11.1875
2 years, 8 months, 18 days
468 days

6.Grover Cleveland Thomas A. Hendricks
04.03.1885 – 25.11.1885
8 months, 21 days
1,195 days

7.William McKinley Garret A. Hobart
04.03.1897 – 21.11.1899
2 years, 8 months, 17 days
468 days

8.William Howard Taft James S. Sherman
04.03.1909 – 30.10.1912
3 years, 7 months, 26 days
125 days

9.Richard M. Nixon Spiro T. Agnew
20.01.1969 – 10.10.1973
4 years, 7 months, 21 days
57 days