U.S. Presidents on the Move
In honor of President's Day 2013, I thought it would be fun to see which cities in the U.S. each U.S. president is from, where they moved (before moving to Washington, D.C., of course), and if they moved after their presidency. Let's take a look!
George Washington was born in present-day Colonial Beach, VA. He moved to New York City (then the nation's capital) to serve as president. He owned land on Mount Vernon, where he eventually retired and passed way. He selected the site for the White House in 1791. Unfortunately, Washington passed away before it was built eight years later.
John Adams was born in Quincy, MA. He went to college in Harvard in Cambridge, MA, and then eventually moved into the White House in Washington D.C. when he became president. He retired to his farm in Quincy, where he died and was buried.
Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, VA. He studied at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA before moving into the White House. He eventually retired in Monticello, VA where he later died and was buried.
Interesting fact John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the same day, July 4, 1826. You might have just learned something new for this year's President's Day!
James Madison was born in Port Conway, VA near Port Royal. He attended Princeton in Princeton, NJ (then the College of New Jersey). After serving as president, he retired at Montpelier, VA and was later laid to rest there.
James Monroe was born in Westmoreland, VA. He moved to practice law in Fredericksburg, VA. After his presidency, he was laid to rest in Richmond, VA.
John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree, MA. He went to school at Harvard and then began practicing law in Boston. Before his presidency, he lived in the Netherlands and Russia. After his presidency, he died in the Speaker's Room inside the White House.
Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhaw, NC. He studied law in Salisbury, NC. Once he was admitted to the bar, he moved to Jonesborough, TN, where he practiced law. He built a mansion near Nashville and retired there after his presidency. He was laid to rest at his mansion. You can visit his home, called the Hermitage, on your next trip to Nashville.
Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, NY, where he also attended college. Van Buren retired to his estate in Kinderhook after his presidency where he was laid to rest.
Williams Henry Harrison was born in Berkeley, VA. Before his presidency, he studied medicine in Richmond, VA, then served as Governor of Indiana for 12 years. After his short presidency, Harrison passed away due to a cold. His funeral took place in Cincinnati, OH and he was later buried in North Bend, OH.
John Tyler was born in Charles City, VA. He attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, then went on to practice law in Richmond while his father was governor of Virginia. After his presidency, he retired to his farm in Richmond, VA where he later was laid to rest.
James K. Polk was born in Pineville, NC. He attended an academy in Murfreesboro, TN before transferring to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After graduation, he studied law in Nashville. After his presidency, he died at his home in Nashville from cholera.
Zachary Taylor was born in Barboursville, VA. As an infant, he moved to Kentucky and was raised on a plantation. He owned a plantation in Baton Rouge, LA. He moved to Fort Knox, KY with his family once he enlisted in the army. He moved to St. Louis, MO then commanded Fort Howard at the Green Bay, WI settlement. He then returned to Kentucky with his family. Then he transferred to Fort Robertson in Baton Rouge. After that, he went to Minnesota to command Fort Snelling. Then, he moved to Florida. He was stationed in Arkansas afterward. During the Mexican-American war, he was transferred to Louisiana. He died in while serving his term as president in Washington D.C.
Millard Fillmore was born in Summerhill, NY near Cortland. He later moved to East Aurora, NY, south of Buffalo. He became a cloth maker in Sparta, NY, then practiced the same trade in New Hope, NY. He later began to clerk for a judge in Montville, NY, where he began to study law. He moved to Buffalo to study law, then practiced in East Aurora. After his presidency, he served as chancellor at the University of Buffalo (of which he founded). He died and was buried in Buffalo.
Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough, NH near Concord. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. He attended college in Northampton, MA, then later studied law in Amherst, NH. He began practicing law in Concord. He returned to New Hampshire after being refused re-nomination. He died and was buried in Concord.
James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania near Mercersburg. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He retired in Pennsylvania and was laid to rest at his home in Lancaster, PA.
Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, KY. When he was 8 years old, he moved to Indiana and resided there for 14 years. Then, they moved to central Illinois. He worked at a store in New Salem, IL before spending 8 years in the Illinois legislature. Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C.
Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, NC. He opened a tailor shop in Greenville, TN. After his presidency, he traveled through Tennessee and campaigned for re-election to the U.S. senate, which he won 1874. He died from a stroke near Elizabethton, TN and was buried in Greenville.
Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, OH. He graduated from West Point. During the Civil War, he worked in his father's leather store in Galena, IL. After the Civil War, he commuted from Philadelphia to Washington D.C., then finally decided to live in the Capitol. After his presidency, he retired and then went bankrupt as a partner in a financial firm. He died at Mount MacGregor in New York.
Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, OH. He went to Kenyon College in Gambier, then to Harvard Law. He moved to Cincinnati to practice law, then served as the Governor of Ohio. After his presidency, he retired to Fremont, OH where he is now buried.
James Garfield was born in Moreland Hills, OH. Before graduating from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, he worked as a janitor to support himself financially at a seminary in Chester, OH and studied at present-day Hiram College in Hiram, OH. Before his presidency, he was one of seven principals (presidents) at Hiram College. Garfield was assassinated in Washington D.C.
Chester A. Arthur was born in Fairfield, VT. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, he started a teaching job in North Pownal, VT. Then, he moved to Cohoes, NY as a principal of a school where his sister was a teacher. After finishing law school, he practiced law in New York City. After his presidency, he returned to New York City and eventually was laid to rest there.
Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, NJ and raised in upstate New York. He practiced law in Buffalo. After leaving the White House, he retired in Princeton, NJ. He was the only President to leave the White House and return for second term four years later (after Harrison).
We're halfway there! Only 22 more presidents to go! Have you learned something new yet for President's Day?
Benjamin Harrison was born in North Bend, OH near Cincinnati. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, then he moved to Indianapolis where he practiced law and campaigned. After office he returned to Indianapolis.
William McKinley was born in Niles, OH. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and studied law in Canton. McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo, NY. He is buried in Canton, OH.
Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City. After his wife and mother died, he spent two years on his ranch in the Badlands of South Dakota. Then, he returned to New York after the winter destroyed his herd of cattle. He was elected president, then retired to Oyster Bay, NY.
William Howard Taft was born in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from Yale in New Haven, CT, where he served as a professor of law after his Presidency. He died in Washington D.C.
Woodrow Wilson was born in in Staunton, VA. He lived in Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC. Before his presidency, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with his doctorate. After his presidency, he retired in Washington D.C., and was laid to rest at the Washington National Cemetery.
Warren G. Harding was born in Blooming Grove, near Marion, OH. His family moved to Caledonia, OH where he first learned the journalism business. He attended Ohio Central College in Iberia. During his presidency, he died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth, VT. He graduated from Amherst College and then studied law in Northampton, MA. After leaving the White House, he retired to Northampton. He is buried at Notch Cemetery in present-day Plymouth, VT.
Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, IA. He grew up in Oregon and graduated from Stanford University. After his term, he retired to Palo Alto, CA.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, NY. He attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School. After his presidency, he passed away while vacationing at Warm Springs, GA.
Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, MO. He was a Missouri farmer for 12 years. After marrying his wife, he opened a haberdashery in Kansas City. He finished his presidency in 1953, then traveled to Europe with his wife. He later died of organ failure in Kansas City.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, TX. He grew up in Abilene, KS, went to West Point for school, and then stationed in Texas. He became President of Columbia University before running for president. After office, he settled down on his farm in Gettysburg, PA.
John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA. He graduated from Harvard and entered the Navy. After the war, he became a Democratic Congressman from the Boston area. Kennedy was assassinated during office in Dallas, TX.
Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Stonewall, TX. He attended now Texas State University-San Marcos. After office, he retired to his ranch in Texas, where he was laid to rest.
Richard M. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, CA. He attended Whittier College and Duke University Law School in Durham, NC. Before his presidency, he lived in New York City. After he resigned from office in 1974, he resided in San Clemente, CA. In 1980, he returned to New York. Then, he and his wife moved to Saddle River, NJ. He suffered a blood clot and died in a hospital in New York City.
Gerald R. Ford was born in Omaha, NE. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from Yale, he practiced law in Grand Rapids. When his presidency was over in 1977, he and his wife moved to Denver, CO. He also owned a home in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he later died at in 2006. He was the longest-living U.S. president.
James “Jimmy” Carter was born in Plains, GA. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He was later elected Governor of Georgia. After his presidency, he returned to his peanut farm in Georgia. He now lives in Plains, GA, but has an apartment in Atlanta.
Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, IL. He attended high school in Dixon and Eureka College. After graduating college, he lived in Des Moines, IA, then he spent 20 years in Hollywood acting. As governor of California, he lived in Sacramento for many years before his presidency. After his presidency, he retired to Bel Air in Los Angeles, CA, where he eventually died from Alzheimer's disease. He is buried in Santa Monica, CA.
George H. W. Bush was born in Milton, MA. He attended Phillips Academy in nearby Andover. After graduating from Yale, he began a career in the oil industry in Midland, TX. After his presidency, he temporarily moved to Houston to prepare to build a permanent retirement house nearby in West Oaks, TX near Tanglewood where he resides present-day. He also has a summer home in Kennebunkport, ME.
William J. Clinton was born in Hope, AR. He attended high school in Hot Springs. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Oxford, and Yale. Then, he entered politics in Arkansas. After his presidency, he and his wife bought a house in Chappaqua, NY.
George W. Bush was born in New Haven, CT. The family moved to Midland, TX after his father's graduation. He graduated from Yale and Harvard, and returned to Midland to join the oil business. After becoming the governor of Texas and the president of the United States, he returned to their ranch in Crawford, TX. They also bought a home in Dallas, TX.
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, HI. After high school, he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, then transferred to Columbia University in New York City. He then moved to Chicago after college to work, decided to go to Harvard law school, then returned to Chicago to practice law. He is the current president of the United States of America.
I hope you have enjoyed this fun post about America's Presidents for President's Day! And on a side note, make sure you know how to change voter registration if you're moving out of state!