Continuing the analysis of Presidents that has been done on this blog in the last week or so, today we will examine what state offices were held by Presidents before becoming the nation’s Chief Executive.
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Tyler all served in the Virginia House of Delegates.
James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson served in the Tennessee House of Representatives, while Johnson also served in the Tennessee Senate.
James Buchanan served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
William Henry Harrison, James A. Garfield, and Warren G. Harding served in the Ohio Senate.
Millard Fillmore and Theodore Roosevelt served in the New York State Assembly.
Martin Van Buren and Franklin D. Roosevelt served in the New York State Senate.
Franklin Pierce served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
John Quincy Adams and Calvin Coolidge served in the Massachusetts Senate, while Coolidge also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives, while Barack Obama served in the Illinois Senate.
Finally, Jimmy Carter served in the Georgia State Senate.
Additionally, Martin Van Buren served as Attorney General of New York State; Millard Fillmore as New York State Comptroller; Warren G. Harding as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio;’ Calvin Coolidge as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts; and Bill Clinton as Attorney General of Arkansas.
Also, three Presidents served as Mayors–Andrew Johnson as Mayor of Greeneville, Tennessee; Grover Cleveland as Mayor of Buffalo, New York; and Calvin Coolidge as Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts.