George Washington was already 57 years old when he became the first President of the USA. But do you know who was the oldest US-President at the start of his presidency?
Find out with our Top 20 list of the oldest Presidents of the United States.
20. Richard Nixon, 56 years, 11 days at Start of presidency
Richard M. Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the USA from 1969 until 1974. Nixon ended American involvement in the war in Vietnam in 1973 and brought the American POWs home, and ended the military draft. By late 1973, the Watergate scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support. On August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office—the only time a U.S. president has done so.
19. Woodrow Wilson, 56 years, 66 days at Start of presidency
T. Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the USA from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. He led the United States during World War I.
18. Andrew Johnson, 56 years, 107 days at Start of presidency
Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875) was the 17th president of the USA, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson assumed the presidency as he was vice president of the USA at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded. Johnson’s main accomplishment as president is the Alaska purchase.
17. George Washington, 57 years, 67 days at Start of presidency
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who also served as the first president of the USA from 1789 to 1797. He led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War of Independence, and he presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which established the new federal government. He has been called the Father of His Country for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.
16. John Quincy Adams, 57 years, 236 days at Start of presidency
John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the USA from 1825 to 1829. During his long diplomatic and political career, Adams also served as an ambassador, and represented Massachusetts as a United States Senator and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was the eldest son of John Adams, who served as the second US president from 1797 to 1801.
15. Thomas Jefferson, 57 years, 325 days at Start of presidency
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the USA from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation.
14. James Madison, 57 years, 353 days at Start of presidency
James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the USA from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the United States Bill of Rights. He also co-wrote The Federalist Papers, co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as the fifth United States Secretary of State from 1801 to 1809.
13. James Monroe, 58 years, 310 days at Start of presidency
James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the USA from 1817 to 1825. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty, and his presidency coincided with the Era of Good Feelings. He is perhaps best known for issuing the Monroe Doctrine, a policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas.
12. Harry S. Truman, 60 years, 339 days at Start of presidency
Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd president of the USA from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO.