U.S. Presidents That Started As Entrepreneurs

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Presidents That Started As Entrepreneurs


The 2016 United States presidential election is very close and there are a lot of people who already know who have already made up their mind on who they're voting for. Some people are voting for Donald Trump because he is one of the more successful entrepreneurs in the U.S. today, and owns millions of dollars worth in businesses. But believe it or not Donald Trump is not the first businessman who ran for the highest office in the country. There are a lot of past presidents that have been in office that started out as businessmen and also became successful in their political career as well. Below is a list of U.S. presidents that started as entrepreneurs. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt is the 32nd President of the United States, who is known for his contribution in the Second World War where he led the United States against the war with the Axis powers. Before he became president, he was stricken with polio in 1921 which caused him in losing his legs and putting his presidency into jeopardy. He attempted to recover from the illness, and at the same time he also put up his own treatment center for others suffering from polio called the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

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Harry Truman

Harry S. Truman is the 33rd president of the United States. He is known for his work in ending the Second World War and aide in rehabilitating and recovering the countries that were affected by the war. He was also the president during the last months of the Second World War and is responsible for dropping the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki which in turn ended Japanese aggression during the war. Before he was president, Harry Truman had his own clothing store in Kansas City which eventually declared bankruptcy.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is perhaps one of the more popular presidents in the United States because every time you look at a five dollar bill, you see his face. Before Abraham Lincoln carried the weight of the United States in his shoulder, he ran a general store. When he was only 23 years old, Mr. Lincoln and a partner opened a store in New Salem Illinois. The business was at first earning a considerable amount of earnings but eventually, Abraham Lincoln was stuck paying the debt of his partner.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush is the president that is best known for declaring the war against terrorism and leading the invasion of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before Mr. Bush assumed the highest position in the country, he invested his assets with the Texas Rangers which is a Major League Baseball team. Initially investing $600,000, but in 1998, he sold his part of the stakes with the team for a total of $15 million.


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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United States. But before he led the most powerful country in the world, Mr. Carter once served the Navy. When his father passed away, he resigned from the Navy in order to continue his father’s business, which is a peanut farm.



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Daniela Belevan

Written by Daniela Belevan

Daniela Belevan is the Marketing Director at DecoGraphic, managing and implementing inbound marketing strategies. When she’s not at Deco uploading blogs or optimizing client’s websites, you can find her lifting (or attempting to lift) heavy at CrossFit.


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