Before They Were President…

Thomas Jefferson held many jobs before becoming the nation's third president including writer, inventor and architect.
Architect
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Thomas Jefferson held many jobs before becoming the nation's third president including writer, inventor and architect.
Before sitting in the Oval Office, many former presidents worked in the classroom as schoolteachers including John Adams, James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Lyndon Johnson.
Teacher
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Before sitting in the Oval Office, many former presidents worked in the classroom as schoolteachers including John Adams, James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Lyndon Johnson.
Abraham Lincoln was an Illinois postmaster before his historic time in office as President.
Postmaster
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Abraham Lincoln was an Illinois postmaster before his historic time in office as President.
Before he was President, George W. Bush was the owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. He still attends many of their games, sitting next to current owners Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg.
Baseball Team Owner
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Before he was President, George W. Bush was the owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. He still attends many of their games, sitting next to current owners Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg.
Prior to becoming the President, Harry Truman worked as a farmer.
Farmer
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Prior to becoming the President, Harry Truman worked as a farmer.
Theodore Roosevelt was a real outdoorsman, and worked as a rancher before becoming President.
Rancher
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Theodore Roosevelt was a real outdoorsman, and worked as a rancher before becoming President.
Woodrow Wilson received some presidential training before taking office, as head of Princeton University.
President Of Princeton University
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Woodrow Wilson received some presidential training before taking office, as head of Princeton University.
Jimmy Carter still has a reputation as being 'the peanut man' due to his job as a peanut farmer before he became President.
Peanut Farmer
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Jimmy Carter still has a reputation as being 'the peanut man' due to his job as a peanut farmer before he became President.
Before being elected to the presidency, Benjamin Harrison and John Kennedy were both journalists.
Journalist
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Before being elected to the presidency, Benjamin Harrison and John Kennedy were both journalists.
George H.W. Bush was a World War II pilot prior to becoming President.
Pilot
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George H.W. Bush was a World War II pilot prior to becoming President.
Long before taking the office of President, Ronald Reagan was a popular Hollywood actor.
Actor
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Long before taking the office of President, Ronald Reagan was a popular Hollywood actor.
Andrew Johnson was Tennessee Governor, Tennessee Senator and Vice President before becoming the President. Before all of those esteemed offices, he was a tailor.
Tailor
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Andrew Johnson was Tennessee Governor, Tennessee Senator and Vice President before becoming the President. Before all of those esteemed offices, he was a tailor.
George Washington and Ulysses Grant were both Army generals before being elected as President.
Army General
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George Washington and Ulysses Grant were both Army generals before being elected as President.
Herbert Hoover held a job as a mining engineer before taking the office of President.
Mining Engineer
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Herbert Hoover held a job as a mining engineer before taking the office of President.
Before becoming the Mayor of New York and then the President, Grover Cleveland was a sheriff.
Sheriff
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Before becoming the Mayor of New York and then the President, Grover Cleveland was a sheriff.
In addition to being a lawyer and judge before his presidency, William Taft served as the dean at the University of Cincinnati Law School.
University Of Cincinnati Law School Dean
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In addition to being a lawyer and judge before his presidency, William Taft served as the dean at the University of Cincinnati Law School.
Prior to taking office as an Ohio senator and later president, Warren Harding worked as a newspaper editor.
Newspaper Editor
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Prior to taking office as an Ohio senator and later president, Warren Harding worked as a newspaper editor.
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