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Constitutional qualifications to serve as president

  • Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States
  • Must be 35 years of age or older
  • Must have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years

Presidents who became president by succession

Chester A. Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Millard Fillmore
Gerald R. Ford*
Andrew Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
John Tyler

*Mr. Ford assumed the office upon the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. All others were due to the death of their predecessor.

Presidents who served, but were never elected

Chester A. Arthur
Millard Fillmore
Gerald R. Ford
Andrew Johnson
John Tyler

Presidents who had no vice president**

Chester A. Arthur
Millard Fillmore
Andrew Johnson
John Tyler

**The 25th Amendment now requires presidents to nominate a new vice president

Sources: Feerick, John D. From Falling Hands: The Story of Presidential Succession. New York: Fordham University Press, 1965; U.S. Department of State; White House; United States Senate; National Archives

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Written in a lively style by a history professor at the University of Texas, this fun guidebook of chief executives is packed with information, factoids, and memorable quotes. Inside, you’ll find out which president:

Promised to only serve one term, and kept his word!

Was a great person but a rotten president

Campaigned on nothing but image – in the nineteenth century!

May be the most underrated president in history

Had his own distributor bringing liquor to the White House – during Prohibition!

Appointed the first female cabinet member

Pushed through the first civil rights legislation after the end of the Civil War

Said of himself, “I am a man of limited talents from a small town. I don’t seem to grasp that I am president.” 

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