The American presidency is a unique fraternity that except in rare cases adds a new member every four or eight years. There is no other club like it and these individuals capture the interests of people from all walks of life. They are fascinating because of the power they command and the interesting lives they have led.
Here is a snapshot of the presidents as a group.
Average Age of Presidents
The majority of the presidents were between the ages of 50 and 59 when they were elected into office. The youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy at age 43. The oldest elected president was Ronald Reagan at age 69.
Presidents and Religion
Episcopalian and Presbyterian were the most common religions amongst the presidents. In fact, about 1/2 of the presidents were of these two religions. There have been two Quakers and one Roman Catholic president.
Other Interesting Presidential Data
Since Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860, 18 out of 28 presidents have been Republican.
Only 12 presidents have been elected for two terms. One president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was elected for four.
Now let's take a closer look at each of the presidents.