These Are the Presidents Who Came From Poverty (and How Donald Trump Compares)

Donald Trump routinely brags about being a billionaire. And he definitely tops the list of the richest men to ever serve as president. But not every American president was wealthy. In fact, quite a few were born into poor families, or at least families with very modest means.

Below, discover which presidents came from poverty. And check out page 15 to see how Donald Trump compares.

1. Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

He rose from poverty to great wealth. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

  • 7th president of the United States

History reports that Andrew Jackson — like Donald Trump many generations later — “positioned himself as a man of the people.” But he was actually far wealthier than his fellow American citizens.  Jackson grew up in poverty. But “despite his hardscrabble, impoverished childhood, Old Hickory became a prominent lawyer and famous military commander, which, along with extensive landholdings allowed him to amass a $119 million fortune,” History explains.

Next: This president came from a family that didn’t have much money, but still owned slaves. 

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