Presidents Who Were Lawyers

Today is Presidents’ Day in the United States. If you didn’t know, President Nixon started Presidents’ Day to honor all past presidents of the U.S.

While we are celebrating all of our past Presidents, we’d like to take a look specifically at the Presidents who were lawyers. Below we have created a list of presidents who worked as lawyers before they took the highest office.

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Q. Adams
  • Martin Van Buren
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Chester Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William McKinley
  • William Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford
  • Bill Clinton
  • Barack Obama