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This article lists who was oldest living U.S. President, former or current, at any given time.

Then-current President George H. W. Bush (center) in 1991 with his living predecessors (from left to right): Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
Herbert Hoover was the oldest living U.S. President for 31 years.
Then-current President George W. Bush and then-President elect Barack Obama (center) in January 2009 with their living predecessors (from left to right): George Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
President Lifespan
(Age at death)
Period as oldest living president Duration
(full months)
George Washington 1732-1799
(67 years, 295 days)
April 30, 1789 - December 14, 1799 10 years, 7 months
John Adams 1735-1826
(90 years, 236 days)
December 14, 1799 - July 4, 1826 26 years, 6 months
James Madison 1751-1836
(85 years, 93 days)
July 4, 1826 - June 28, 1836 9 years, 11 months
Andrew Jackson 1767-1845
(78 years, 85 days)
June 28, 1836 - June 8, 1845 8 years, 11 months
John Quincy Adams 1767-1848
(80 years, 227 days)
June 8, 1845 - February 23, 1848 2 years, 7 months
Martin Van Buren 1782-1862
(79 years, 231 days)
February 23, 1848 - July 24, 1862 14 years, 5 months
James Buchanan 1791-1868
(77 years, 39 days)
July 24, 1862 - June 1, 1868 5 years, 10 months
Millard Fillmore 1800-1874
(74 years, 60 days)
June 1, 1868 - March 8, 1874 5 years, 9 months
Andrew Johnson 1808-1875
(66 years, 214 days)
March 8, 1874 - July 31, 1875 1 year, 4 months
Ulysses S. Grant 1822-1885
(63 years, 87 days)
July 31, 1875 - July 23, 1885 9 years, 11 months
Rutherford B. Hayes 1822-1893
(70 years, 105d)
July 23, 1885 - January 17, 1893 7 years, 5 months
Benjamin Harrison 1833-1901
(67 years, 205 days)
January 17, 1893 - March 13, 1901 8 years, 1 months
Grover Cleveland 1837-1908
(71 years, 98 days)
March 13, 1901 - June 24, 1908 7 years, 3 months
Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919
(60 years, 71 days)
June 24, 1908 - March 4, 1909[1] 8 months
William Howard Taft 1857-1930
(72 years, 174 days)
March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913[1] 4 years
Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924
(67 years, 37 days)
March 4, 1913 - February 3, 1924 10 years, 11 months
William Howard Taft 1857-1930
(72 years, 174 days)
February 3, 1924 - March 8, 1930 6 years, 1 month
Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933
(60 years, 186 days)
March 8, 1930 - January 5, 1933 2 years, 9 months
Herbert Hoover 1874-1964
(90 years, 71 days)
January 5, 1933 - October 20, 1964 31 years, 9 months
Harry S. Truman 1884-1972
(88 years, 232 days)
October 20, 1964 - December 26, 1972 8 years, 2 months
Lyndon B. Johnson 1908-1973
(64 years, 148 days)
December 26, 1972 - January 22, 1973 27 days
Richard M. Nixon 1913-1994
(81 years, 103 days)
January 22, 1973 - January 20, 1981[1] 7 years, 11 months
Ronald Reagan 1911-2004
(93 years, 120 days)
January 20, 1981 - June 5, 2004 23 years, 4 months
Gerald R. Ford 1913-2006
(93 years, 165 days)
June 5, 2004 - December 26, 2006 2 years, 6 months
George H. W. Bush born 1924
(aged 85 in June 2009)
since December 26, 2006 3 years+

After the currently oldest living President, the order of age of the remaining living Presidents is

  1. Jimmy Carter (born October 1, 1924)
  2. George W. Bush (born July 6, 1946)
  3. Bill Clinton (born August 19, 1946)
  4. Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961)

Additional information

  • A president can lose his status as the oldest living President either upon death or by an older man succeeding to the Presidency. The latter has happened to Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Richard Nixon upon the inauguration of Presidents Taft (1909), Wilson (1913) and Reagan (1981) respectively. Taft was the only to regain the status as oldest living President upon President Wilson's death in 1924.
  • The status of oldest living President was held longest by Herbert Hoover, from the death of President Coolidge on January 5, 1933 to his own death on October 20, 1964, a span of 31 years, 9 months and 15 days, and shortest by Lyndon Baines Johnson, from the death of President Truman on December 26, 1972, to his own death on January 22, 1973, a span of 27 days.
  • There have been six instances when the sitting United States President was the only living President:
  1. George Washington (1789-1797, as the first President)
  2. John Adams (1799-1801, following Washington's death)
  3. Ulysses S. Grant (1875-1877, following Andrew Johnson's death)
  4. Theodore Roosevelt (1908-1909, following Grover Cleveland's death)
  5. Herbert Hoover (1933, following Calvin Coolidge's death)
  6. Richard Nixon (1973-1974, following Lyndon Baines Johnson's death)
  • The greatest number of concurrently living presidents was six, which has happened at three periods:
  1. Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln from March 4, 1861 (Lincoln's inauguration) to January 18, 1862 (Tyler's death)
  2. Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton from January 20, 1993 (Clinton's inauguration) to April 22, 1994 (Nixon's death)
  3. Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from January 20, 2001 (George W. Bush's inauguration) and June 5, 2004 (Reagan's death).
  • The President with the longest lifespan was Gerald R. Ford, who lived 93 years, 5 months and 9 days, followed by Ronald Reagan with 93 years, 3 months, and 28 days.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Ceased to be the oldest living president when an older man was inaugurated President.

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