Virginia Born Presidents

Virginia born presidents out number that of any other state in the U.S.

Virginia has supplied more presidents to the United States than any other state. The following presidents were born in The Old Dominion (Virginia).

* George Washington

* Thomas Jefferson

* James Madison

* James Monroe

* William Henry Harrison

* John Tyler

* Zachary Taylor

* Woodrow Wilson

George Washington:

1st President

Served from: 1789-1797

Nickname: "Father of his Country"

George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on February 22, 1732, he was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. George spent his young life at the family estate on Pope's Creek along the Potomac River. When his father died in 1743 George moved in with his half brother Lawrence at his plantation on the Potomac called Mount Vernon. After having a brilliant military career, Washington became president in New York City on April 30, 1789. Having served two terms as president, Washington retired in 1797. He spent his last years managing his large farm, and died at his home, Mount Vernon in 1799.

Thomas Jefferson:

3rd President

Served from: 1801-1809

Nickname: "Man of the People"

Known as the author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was born in Albermarle County, Virginia in April 1743. His father was a prosperous landowner and sent young Jefferson off to law school. By age 24 Jefferson was practicing law and got himself elected to the Virginia legislature in 1769. He served as governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781. Jefferson became minister to France in 1784 and became president in 1800 and 1804. While in office, he managed to get Congress to agree to the Louisiana Purchase. After his second term ended, Jefferson returned to his Virginia home, Monticello and founded the University of Virginia. He died on July 4 1826, fifty years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

James Madison: 1809-1817

4th President

Nickname: "Father of the Constitution"

James Madison (1751-1836) was born at Port Conway, Virginia on March 16, 1751 into an old Virginia family. His admirable career in public life spread out over forty years and is best remembered for his accomplishments as a political theorist. He was a leader in the writing of the Constitution. After serving as secretary of state, his two terms as president followed. Although most historians consider Madison to have been a weak chief executive he held immense popularity during his last years as president and retired in 1817 to his Virginia estate, Montpelier. Bedridden in his last years he died on June 28, 1836.

James Monroe: 1817-1825

5th President

Nickname: "The Last Cocked Hat"

The Monroe Doctrine brought about a series of skillful foreign policy victories during his administration. Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 on his parent's small plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. By age 16 he was an orphan and his wealthy uncle, Joseph Jones took the boy to live with him. There, he introduced young Monroe to law and politics. Monroe attended the College of William and Mary and became a lawyer, served twice as governor of Virginia and later became President of the United States. James Monroe died on July 4, 1831 in New York City and is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

William Henry Harrison: 1841 (died during his term)

9th President

Nickname: "Old Tippecanoe"

Harrison died after only one month in office. He is remembered chiefly for his earlier military career and won fame as an Indian fighter. Harrison was born at the "Berkeley" plantation in Charles City County, Virginia on February 9, 1773. His father Benjamin Harrison was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a governor of Virginia (1781-84) Young Harrison was educated at Hampton-Sydney College. Harrison's inaugural address was one of the longest in history but his term is known as the shortest. After a month in office he died of pneumonia in Washington on April 4, 1841. It has been said that due to his exposure to the extreme cold during his long inauguration, he caught pneumonia.

John Tyler: 1841-1845

10th President

Nickname: "Accidental President"

John Tyler was the first to succeed to office on the death of an incumbent president. Born in Charles City County, Virginia on March 29, 1790 he was the son of John Tyler. Educated at William and Mary College he then studied law and and was elected to the Virginia legislature in 1811. After serving his term he did not run for reelection. He retired to his Virginia plantation in 1845 and died on January 18, 1862 in Richmond, Virginia. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

Zachary Taylor: 1849-1850 (died during his term)

12th President

Nickname: "Old Rough and Ready."

Known as a great military leader, Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia on November 24, 1784 into a distinguished Virginia family. His father had served with George Washington during the American Revolution. Taylor was raised on the Kentucky frontier however and received little formal education. He joined the army in 1808 and was promoted to Colonel in 1832. His term lasted only 16 months when he died on July 9 of cholera.

Woodrow Wilson: 1913-1921

28th President

Nickname: "Schoolmaster in Politics"

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919, Wilson secured a legislative program of domestic reformation, as well as leading his country during World War I. Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia on December 28, 1856. He was raised in a devoutly religious household by his father Joseph Wilson, a Presbyterian minister and his mother Janet Woodrow Wilson. Wilson attended Davidson College and what would later become Princeton University. He also studied at the University of Virginia and studied political science at John Hopkins University. In 1919 while serving his second term as president he suffered a stroke. After his term expired he lived in retirement in Washington, D.C. with his second wife and died on February 3, 1924.

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