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Five Paths to the Presidency

George Washington

From soldier to gentleman farmer to soldier again, Washington's path to the presidency took some amazing turns.

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Thomas Jefferson

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.

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Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's education consisted of reading every book he could get his hands on and experiencing life in a variety of roles.

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Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt was a rower, a Harvard grad, a boat-thief hunter, and a soldier—and those were his modest attributes.

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Ronald Reagan 

Reagan acted in major Hollywood films, saved the lives of 77 people while a lifeguard, and spearheaded the conservative movement in the nineteen-eighties.

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