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Presidents Day

February 17, 2014 by The Sawaya Law Firm

Today we remember and thank the contributions of the 44 Presidents of the United States who have led our country. They have led us from the establishment of our Constitution, through multiple wars, and the start of the third millennium. We are fortunate to have five surviving Presidents today: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Throughout the country, some states celebrate the contributions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson. Other states honor others, or all of the Presidents. They all come from different backgrounds, but notably 25 of the 44 Presidents were lawyers. See below for a complete list. To learn more about them, please visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents.

  • #2 – John Adams (Harvard, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #3 – Thomas Jefferson (College of William & Mary, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #4 – James Madison (College of New Jersey – now Princeton – then read law)
  • #6 – John Quincy Adams (Harvard, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #7 – Andrew Jackson (self-taught lawyer)
  • #8 – Martin Van Buren (Kinderhook Academy, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #10 – John Tyler (College of William & Mary, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #11 – James Polk (University of North Carolina, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #13 – Millard Fillmore (clerked for and studied under New York Judge Walter Wood)
  • #14 – Franklin Pierce (Bowdoin College, then studied law)
  • #15 – James Buchanan (Dickinson College, then studied law)
  • #16 – Abraham Lincoln (No formal education, a self-taught lawyer)
  • #19 – Rutherford Hayes (Kenyon College, Harvard law)
  • #21 – Chester Arthur (Union College, then studied law)
  • #22 – Grover Cleveland (apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #23 – Benjamin Harrison (Miami University in Ohio, then studied law)
  • #25 – William McKinley (Allegheny College, Albany Law)
  • #27 – William Howard Taft (Yale, Cincinnati Law)
  • #28 – Woodrow Wilson (College of New Jersey – now Princeton – then UVA law)
  • #30 – Calvin Coolidge (Amherst, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
  • #32 – Franklin Roosevelt (Harvard, Columbia Law)
  • #37 – Richard Nixon (Whittier College, Duke Law)
  • #38 – Gerald Ford (University of Michigan, Yale Law)
  • #42 – Bill Clinton (Georgetown University, Yale law)
  • #44 – Barack Obama (Columbia, Harvard Law)

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