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Infographic Friday: When the POTUS was a Lawyer

When the POTUS was a Lawyer

Among the 44 leaders who have served as President of the United States, 26 of them were lawyers. This means 59% of those serving in the top executive spot had law degrees.

This according to an infographic we first spotted in a post by A2L Consulting titled: 15 Fascinating Legal and Litigation Infographics.

We’re struggling a bit to find a “business of law” angle here, so we’ll settle instead for political affiliation among those 26 lawyer-Presidents:

  • 50% Republican
  • 38% Democrat
  • 8% Whig
  • 4% Federalist

Alas, the Bull Moose Party isn’t represented here, as its founder Teddy Roosevelt was opted for a profession other than law. The complete infographic is presented below, and since its Friday, please here’s a quick recap of the other “Friday Shares” we’ve posted recently:

Update 4/15/14:  There is (at least) one error in this infographic: Rutherford B. Hayes is listed twice.  We believe the second listing should have been William McKinley who served from 1897 to 1901 and was also a lawyer.

United States Presidential Lawyers

Infographic Friday When the POTUS was a Lawyer

Photo credit Flickr via Creative Commons; CC 2.0

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director with the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and currently as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.