Before they became president, they held hourly jobs!

Many of our presidents started out as hourly workers just like you. Before their job title was head of state, our presidents held another position: the hourly worker.

George Washington: When he was 16, years before he became our nation's first president, Washington worked as a land surveyor.

Abraham Lincoln's first job was a tavern keeperAbraham Lincoln: Honest Abe worked several hourly jobs before he was sworn into presidency. He was a store clerk, postmaster, surveyor and tavern keeper.

Warren G. Harding: Harding was an insurance agent before he became a journalist and the 29th president of the United States.

Herbert Hoover: Before Hoover began his career in politics, he worked for a California mining company as an office boy (today this would be known as a administrative assistant).

President Truman's first job was working as a bank teller.

Harry S. Truman: President Truman worked as a bank teller before to his career in the White House during World War II.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Growing up, Eisenhower worked as a night supervisor at Belle Springs Creamery.

Richard Nixon: Before his presidency, Nixon made a living by working in his family-owned grocery store and gas station.

Gerald Ford: In college President Ford worked as a dishwasher at his fraternity.

Ronald Reagan started his career saving lives as a lifeguard.

Ronald Reagan: Reagan made it big in Hollywood and then became the 40th U.S. president. But first, he worked as a summer lifeguard--saving 77 lives in his seven-year career.

George H.W. Bush's first job was a sales clerk.

George H. W. Bush: Bush Sr. worked as a sales clerk prior to his career in the Texas oil industry and his presidency.

President Barack Obama's first job was working as an ice cream scooper at Baskin Robbins.

Barack Obama: President Obama began his career as an ice cream scooper at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins.

All great stories start somewhere. The next time you walk into your interview or clock in for work, take a look around because you could be working with a future president!


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