What Did They Do Before They Were President?
There's been a ton of debate about who's qualified to be president and who's not. Is Hillary Clinton? Is Bernie Sanders? Is Donald Trump? What about Ted Cruz and John Kasich?
What kind of experience makes you good Oval Office material? What does it mean to be presidential?
Good questions. A lot of the 44 men we've elected president have been lawyers, and most have held prior public office. But before they moved into the White House, some of our former presidents also did some things that may surprise you.
__________ was a teacher and a tax collector.
__________ was a postmaster.
__________ was a newspaper editor.
__________ was a movie actor.
__________ was a peanut farmer.
__________ was a surveyor and a planter.
__________ was a soldier.
__________ was a sheriff.
__________ was an engineer.
__________ was an inventor and architect.
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.