Thursday, August 30, 2007

Presidents and the Military

I'm on a bit of theme week, I guess. Anyway, our last poll was about the best battlefield commander and I also posted on if military experience was important in a President (we got one vote for not essential). To go with that, I found a list of Presidents with and without military experience. Presidents without any military experience were:
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
John Quincy Adams
Martin Van Buren
Grover Cleveland
William Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin Roosevelt
Bill Clinton


This shows that most Presidents have have military experience. Interestingly, I also found a list of those who were in the Navy rather than the regular army and it is all more modern Presidents. Just an interesting side note, so here is the Navy list as well:
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter

George Bush

The first site also includes Presidents who were at war during their Presidency. The list is longer than I would have thought because all the Indians Wars were included.

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