These Are the Presidents — and Vice Presidents — Who Are Still Living
Sure, you can probably name a few living presidents and vice presidents off the top of your head, but can you name them all? That kind of intel might come in handy if you’re ever in a presidential trivia contest. But even if you don’t dig games, it’s still fun stuff to know. Keep reading to discover which U.S. presidents — and vice presidents — are still breathing. You’re in for a surprise.
1. George H.W. Bush
- DOB: June 12, 1924
Although George H.W. Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018, he’s still alive at 93. The day after Barbara Bush’s funeral, George was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital in critical condition because an infection that spread to his blood. According to CNN, he was awake and alert as of April 24, 2018. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said he is determined to get healthy and go to Maine during the summer.
Next: This former president took a long vacation.
2. Barack Obama
- DOB: August 4, 1961
Since Donald Trump moved into the White House, we haven’t heard much about Barack Obama. According to Newsweek, Obama has traveled the world since he left White House, vacationing on three continents in nine different countries.
Obama returned to public life in April 2018 in Chicago, where he addressed a group of young leaders at the University of Chicago. He urged them to try to make changes in their communities and “help in any way prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.”
Next: This former president is still keeping busy.
3. George W. Bush
- DOB: July 6, 1946
After a controversial win over Democrat Al Gore, George W. Bush took office in 2001. And the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took place less than a year into his first term — as well as the War on Terror — events that defined his presidency.
Today, Bush lives in Dallas, where he keeps busy with the George W. Bush Institute at SMU, according to Newsday. Bush also fills his time with golfing, biking, reading, and attending Texas Rangers games.
Next: A former president who’s still working
4. Bill Clinton
- DOB: August 19, 1946
During his time as president, Bill Clinton achieved a budget surplus and substantially lowered the unemployment rate. Unfortunately, his presidency was also marred by his impeachment on charges related to his indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky — although the Senate found him not guilty and he remained in office, Clinton never dispersed that black cloud.
When he left the White House, according to Newsday, Clinton moved to Chappaqua, New York, where Hillary served as U.S. senator until 2009. He remains active in the Clinton Foundation, which works to solve issues such as health and climate change.
Next: A former president who is still concerned about human rights
5. Jimmy Carter
- DOB: October 1, 1924
Carter tried hard to lower the near-record high inflation and unemployment rates during his term, but his efforts ended up causing an economic recession, according to Newsday. He did establish a national energy policy, but his legacy was marred by political setbacks.
Jimmy Carter left the White House and founded the Carter Center in Atlanta in 1982, an organization that focuses on human rights issues. Carter also wrote several books and in 2012, he won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Next: You definitely know this president is still breathing.
6. Donald Trump
- DOB: June 14, 1946
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is still with us and is the current U.S. president. Before he entered politics, Trump was a businessman and television personality who starred on The Apprentice. Today, he is running the White House, and according The New York Times, to it’s a pretty chaotic administration.
Next: Remember this former vice president?
7. Walter Mondale
- DOB: January 5, 1928
- President served under: Jimmy Carter
According to Newsday, Walter Mondale is the earliest vice president still alive — he has lived 37 years beyond his term, and so has the president he served under, Jimmy Carter. In fact, this is the second presidential/vice presidential team to reach 90 years old after Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
When Carter lost the 1980 election, Mondale ran for president in 1984 but lost to incumbent president Ronald Reagan. In 1992, Bill Clinton appointed him ambassador to Japan, a role in which he served until 1996. Mondale published a memoir in 2010 titled “The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics.”
Next: This former president also served as vice president.
8. George H.W. Bush
- DOB: June 12, 1924
- President served under: Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush is the only living vice president who also served as president, according to Newsday. He won the 1988 presidential election but lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton in 1992. When Bush lost in 1992, he and Barbara went back to Houston, where they volunteered at their church and worked on his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
When Bush’s son George W. Bush won the election in 2000, the pair became the first father and son to win the presidency since John Adams was elected in 1797 and his son, John Quincy Adams, became president in 1825.
Next: Always a vice president, never president
9. Al Gore
- DOB: March 31, 1948
- President served under: Bill Clinton
Al Gore served as vice president under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. According to a U.S. Senate biography he was Clinton’s “indisputable chief adviser.” Gore focused on cutting back on government bureaucracy and worked to eliminate fraud, abuse and waste within it.
Gore ran for president in 2000 and lost to George W. Bush, after which he returned to life as a private citizen in Nashville, Tennessee, and wrote “Joined at the Heart” with his wife, Tipper. He also became an advocate for climate change solutions, co-founding and chairing the firm Generation Investment Management, an organization dedicated to “integrating sustainability research within a rigorous framework of traditional financial analysis.”
Next: Always a vice president, never president
10. Dick Cheney
- DOB: January 30, 1941
- President served under: George W. Bush
As vice president under George W. Bush, Dick Cheney became involved in a variety of international and domestic issues, according to Newsday. “When you’re talking to Dick Cheney, you’re talking to me. When Dick Cheney’s talking, it’s me talking,” Bush said to a group of Republican senators.
Since serving as vice president, Cheney co-wrote Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,” with his longtime cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner. Cheney, who underwent a heart transplant in 2012, has chronic cardiac problems.
Next: You definitely know this vice president is still kicking.
11. Mike Pence
- DOB: June 7, 1959
- President serving under: Donald Trump
Former U.S. congressman and governor of Indiana, vice president Mike Pence describes himself as Describing himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” according to Biography. In 2016, Donald Trump officially announced — via Twitter — that Pence was his choice for vice presidential nominee. Trump likely chose him because he has ties to congressional leaders and strong support among conservatives.
Next: This vice president is not a fan of Donald Trump.
12. Joe Biden
- DOB: November 20, 1942
- President served under: Barack Obama
The fifth-youngest U.S. senator in history — and Delaware’s longest-serving senator — became vice president under Barack Obama in 2008, serving two terms alongside him. In 2017, Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction for his service to the country, according to Biography.
Today, Biden spends his time campaigning with Democrats and wading into Pennsylvania superior court races. A staunch anti-Trump critic, Biden said, “Once again, we are living through a battle for the soul of the nation — a battle I thought was done and won.” Perhaps we’ll see Biden seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Next: This vice president is a fan of Donald Trump.
13. Dan Quayle
- DOB: February 4, 1947
- President served under: George H.W. Bush
As vice president, Dan Quayle was appointed the head of the Council of Competitiveness in 1989, a role that required him to travel to 47 countries to ensure the U.S. remained internationally competitive in the 21st century, according to Newsday. Since he served as vice president, Quayle has written three books, one of which is a memoir about his time in office.
He also started an insurance business in his home state, Indiana, but ended up selling it. Today he is the chairman of a private investment firm, Cerberus Advisory Board, and he is a supporter of Donald Trump.
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14. Times when the most presidents were alive
In U.S. history, there have been four times when there were six living presidents alive, including the incumbent. These are those time periods:
- Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln — March 1861 to January 1862
- Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton — January 1993 to April 1994
- Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush — January 2001 to June 2004
- Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — January 2017 to present
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15. These incumbent leaders had no living predecessors
There have been six times in presidential history when the incumbent president was the only living president, meaning he had no living predecessors: These are those time periods:
- George Washington, who had no predecessors — April 1789 to March 1797
- John Adams, after George Washington died — December 1799 to March 1801
- Ulysses S. Grant, after his last living predecessor, Andrew Johnson, died — July 1875 to March 1877
- Theodore Roosevelt, after the death of his last living predecessor, Grover Cleveland, died — June 1908 to March 1909
- Herbert Hoover, after his last living predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, died — January 1933 to March 1933
- Richard Nixon, after his last living predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, died — January 1973 to August 1974
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