From soldier to gentleman farmer to soldier again, Washington's path to the presidency took some amazing turns.
Jefferson managed 11,000 acres of land at age 31, wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, and led a war against pirates.
Lincoln's education consisted of reading every book he could get his hands on and experiencing life in a variety of roles.
Roosevelt was a rower, a Harvard grad, a boat-thief hunter, and a soldier—and those were his modest attributes.
Reagan acted in major Hollywood films, saved the lives of 77 people while a lifeguard, and spearheaded the conservative movement in the nineteen-eighties.