May 19, 2024

Hankering for History

Hanker: To have a strong, often restless desire, in this case for–you guessed it–history!

The Education of the Presidents

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With tonight’s debate, one is sure to hear about education. At some point, Obama will tell you how part of his plan to fix the economy is to allow more people to go to school. On the other side, Romney will flaunt the achievement of the state of Massachusetts–where he was governor–that the schools in Massachusetts are ranked #1 in the nation.

With all this talk about education, I think it is interesting to see just how the presidents of America’s past fared in their education. The following infographic, about the education of US Presidents, was sent to me by the nice people over at

infographic history presidents education

2 thoughts on “The Education of the Presidents

  1. Interesting how the two greatest, most recognizable presidents in our history (Washington and Lincoln) did not attend college. Maybe, we don’t need to focus so much on getting the degree but on the learning that used to be associated with it.

    1. True, key word is ‘used.’ But playing the devil’s advocate… one could also say that Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, and Andrew Johnson are three of the worst presidents we had, and with some formal education, maybe they would have been better. (Their names are found in the Top 10 list of Worst Presidents at:,,, and more.)

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