We are all used to seeing photos of U.S. Presidents wearing a suit, being photographed against an already set background and maintaining a serious face most of the time. But what if we told you that we have found exclusive photos of 23 American Presidents as children, so you can check out how they looked while they were young? Who had the greatest smile? Who was the cutest President of all? Who is the little boy missing his front teeth, but still looking awesome? Try to guess and also read the extra info to upgrade your US History knowledge.
1. President Bill Clinton
This little kid was the 42nd President of the United States. Even though an avid reader and a great tenor saxophone player as a kid, when he was sixteen years old he decided he wanted to be in public life.
2. President John F. Kennedy
Being raised in a family of politicians and businessmen, his interest in political philosophy during the student days was quite expected. Kennedy’s Bachelor of Arts was in government, more precisely international affairs.
3. President Theodore Roosevelt
According to the biographer H.W. Brands, the only drawback in Theodore Roosevelt’s home schooling was the uneven education of the different areas he got. While he was very good in geography acquiring knowledge throughout his travels around the world, he was bad in maths and languages.
4. President George Washington
The first President of The United States was called “father of his country” throughout his whole life.
5. President George W. Bush
The photo speaks for itself, catching a smile of George W.Bush who was a rugby union player and he was on Yale’s 1st XV.
6. President Abraham Lincoln
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” This was Lincoln’s motto that made him one of the best Presidents America has had.
7. President Barack Obama
The current and first African American President of the United States, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he had a pretty happy childhood, judging by his smile.
8. President Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson stood pro democracy, individuality and republicanism, inducing the American colonists to break from Great Britain and form the American nation, which makes him the Founding Father of the US and the author of the Declaration of Independence.
9. President Richard Nixon
Nixon describes his childhood with the words: “We were poor, but the glory of it was we didn’t know it”.
Nevertheless, that wasn’t a reason for him to be uneducated, on the contrary, he was an excellent student and many universities offered him grants and scholarships. He obtained a full scholarship at Duke University School of Law, was later elected the President of the Duke Bar Association and also graduated third in his class.
10. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The 32nd President of the US, was a Democrat who led the country through economic depression and war, while privately he fathered six children with his wife Elizabeth Roosevelt.
11. President Andrew Jackson
Jackson ran for president twice, the first time failing to win because of corruption, while in 1828 he won against Adams.
12. President William Taft
William is the only person who held two offices at the same time: The Presidential and the Chief of Justice office.
13. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
The boy on the black-and-white photo was a five-star general in the US Army in World War II, a Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, as well as the 34th President of the US.
14. President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to solve international conflicts, in a democratic way protecting human rights and promoting social and economic development.
15. President Gerald Ford
The cute little boy is President Gerald Ford, who studied at the University of Michigan and was washing dishes in the fraternity he joined (Delta Kappa Epsilon) in order to earn money and pay for college.
16. President Lyndon B. Johnson
Johnson was first a Vice President of the US, under J.F. Kennedy and in 1963 became the president who will be remembered for establishing modern liberalism and passing major laws.
17. President Harry S. Truman
When Truman was a kid he was interested in music and got up every morning at 5 am to practice the piano.
18. President Woodrow Wilson
Wilson started reading at the age of 10, due to dyslexia, but he ended up obtaining a PhD in political science, worked as a professor, was elected President of Princeton University and was also the 28th President of the U.S. Hard work beats talent, right?
19. President Herbert Hoover
When little “Bertie” was only two years old, he got the croup followed by some severe symptoms, so his parents thought he died, until the moment when his uncle John surprisingly resuscitated him.
20. President John Quincy Adams
Adams was described as a man who would “gather together, formulate, and practice the fundamentals of American foreign-policy – self-determination, independence, noncolonization, nonintervention, non entanglement in European politics, Freedom of the Seas, [and] freedom of commerce.”- described by the biographer S.F.Bemis.
21. President James K. Polk
Polk is the only American President who was both a Speaker of The House of Representatives and Governor of Tennessee.
22. President Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge successfully ran the country throughout the Roaring 20s, who cutting down taxes and reducing the government spending habits.
23. President James Madison
Madison promoted the U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights. Together with Thomas Jefferson, he organized the Democratic-Republican Party.