29 Images And Facts That Reveal How Cool, Handsome, And Bad Ass American Presidents Were As Young Men

Most of us are familiar with the faces of those who have held the office of President of the United States. Though noble and powerful, almost all of those faces have one thing in common: they’re old (not to mention male and white).

Considering that the youngest person to assume the presidency was Theodore Roosevelt at the age of 42, it’s no wonder that most of the photographs and portraits of past US Presidents lack a certain youthful glimmer. But the following 29 photos of US presidents as young men will give you a whole new perspective…

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Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Young

Noted adventurer and outdoorsman Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt actually suffered from asthma. Roosevelt combatted his illness by being an advocate for the "strenuous life." He enjoyed hiking, riding horses, and swimming. Even after the tragic loss of both his wife and his mother within a few hours of each other, Roosevelt escaped to the western frontier to hunt Grizzly bears, herd cows, and chase outlaws as a frontier sheriff. - Wikimedia Commons

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D Roosevelt Young

Perhaps the US presidency's greatest advocate for the impoverished, Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew up in extraordinary wealth and privilege, including receiving his first sailboat at age 16. - Wikimedia Commons

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon High School

As a high school senior (yearbook photo above) Richard Nixon was accepted into Harvard with a scholarship offer. However, he instead attended Whittier College, nearby his southern California home, in order to help take care of his sick brother and work in the family store. - Wikimedia Commons

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan Young

Before his well-known radio and film career, Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in Illinois, reportedly saving 77 people from drowning in the process. - Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln

Young Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, who worked on a riverboat as a young man, invented an inflatable navigation system for steam-powered vessels, making him the only US president to hold a patent. - Wikimedia Commons

John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy Young

During World War II, John F. Kennedy became a national hero. After his crew's boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy led the ten surviving crew members on a three-mile swim toward land. One crew member was severely burned, so Kennedy towed him through the water with the life jacket strap between his teeth. - Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Jefferson

Young Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson entered Virginia's prestigious College of William and Mary at age 16 and completed his comprehensive studies within just two years. - Wikimedia Commons

George Washington

Young President George Washington

George Washington was raised by his mother and half-brother Lawrence after his father suddenly passed away. Washington had little education, but with Lawrence's help was able to earn decent pay surveying land in the Shenandoah Valley. - Wikimedia Commons

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S Grant Young

As a young man, Ulysses S. Grant's quiet demeanor was mistaken for stupidity and his peers gave him the nickname "Useless." - Wikimedia Commons

James Madison

Young James Madison

During his strange childhood marred by sickness, James Madison suffered from psychosomatic seizures. - Wikimedia Commons

James Garfield

James Garfield Young

James Garfield grew up rather poor. He spent his childhood helping his widowed mother on her farm, wishing instead to become a sailor. At 16, he ran away to work on the commerce canal boats between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He fell overboard 14 times and returned home with a fever, vowing from that day forward to live his life with brains over brawn. - Wikimedia Commons

Chester A. Arthur

Chester Arthur Young

Chester A. Arthur grew up in Vermont but had the heart of a New Yorker. While in New York, Arthur worked as a lawyer, winning a number of civil rights cases. His extravagant taste in clothes caused him to be labelled a "dandy" and a "peacock" by his peers. - Wikimedia Commons

Young Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of the ninth US president, William Henry Harrison. In fact, his whole family was rooted in politics. He spent much of his youth reading books at his grandfather's estate. - Wikimedia Commons

William McKinley

William Mckinley Young

A successful lawyer in his home state of Ohio, William McKinley saw his income cut in half when he forayed into politics as a Congressman. - Wikimedia Commons

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson Young

Though not educated in a school system, Woodrow Wilson attempted and dropped out of college several times before studying law on his own. He grew bored of attorney life and enrolled in Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Ph.D. in history and political science before running for office. - Wikimedia Commons

Warren G. Harding

Warren Harding Young

Before entering office, Warren G. Harding married a divorcee, Florence Kling, whose father, an enemy of Harding's, threatened to kill Harding if he went through with the wedding. - Wikimedia Commons

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge Young

Calvin Coolidge is the only US president born on the Fourth of July (1872). - Wikimedia Commons

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft Young

Though clean-shaven as a young man, Howard Taft became noted for his large mustache, which marked him as the last president to wear facial hair. - Wikimedia Commons

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Young

Although he eventually attained the highest office in US government, Herbert Hoover had an extraordinarily tumultuous childhood, including losing both his mother and father by age nine. - Wikimedia Commons

Harry Truman

Harry Truman Young

Harry Truman spent much of his youth reading and playing piano, and even considered pursuing a career as a concert pianist. He also dreamed of being a soldier, but his poor vision prevented him from getting into West Point. After failing the initial eyesight test required to enter the National Guard, Truman memorized the eye chart and was accepted the second time around. - Wikimedia Commons

James Monroe

James Monroe Young

In 1774, as the American Revolution drew nearer, James Monroe and his classmates from the College of William & Mary looted 200 muskets and 300 swords from the Governor's Palace after Governor Dunmore fled the capital. The stolen arsenal was donated to the Virginia militia. - Wikimedia Commons

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D Eisenhower Young

Long before his career as a five-star general and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (far right) injured his leg, leading to a very dangerous infection. Doctors recommended that the leg be amputated. But Eisenhower, then merely a high school freshman, refused and soon recovered. - Wikimedia Commons

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B Johnson Young

Lyndon Baines Johnson was just 12 when he told his classmates that he was going to be president of the United States someday. However, Johnson did not do well in school and was not accepted into his preferred college (Southwest Texas State Teachers College). Feeling lost, he and five friends bought a car, drove to California, and did odd jobs before hitchhiking back to Texas and getting arrested for fighting. He was finally accepted into his preferred college in 1927. - Wikimedia Commons

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford Young

Gerald Ford was as good at academics as he was at football. Upon graduation, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers offered Ford a contract. Instead, he insisted on going to law school and used his athletic prowess to get a job as an assistant football coach at Yale University, where he graduated in the top third of his class in 1941. - Wikimedia Commons

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Young

Growing up on a peanut farm meant Jimmy Carter would develop a deep bond with rural environments, which would also spell opportunity. By age 13, in the midst of the Great Depression, Carter had earned enough money on the farm to buy five low-priced houses to be rented out to local families. - Wikimedia Commons

George H.W. Bush

George H W Bush Young

As a young World War II pilot, George H.W. Bush (right, with Dwight Eisenhower) was shot down over the Pacific. However, Bush managed to escape from his plane and evade Japanese capture, unlike his eight comrades, who were tortured, beheaded, and cannibalized by Japanese officers. - Wikimedia Commons

George W. Bush

George W Bush Young

Like his father, George W. Bush went to Phillips Academy in Andover where he struggled academically and got a zero for his first written assignment (Bush had overused a thesaurus that he thought would improve his vocabulary). - Wikimedia Commons

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Young

Bill Clinton was an excellent tenor saxophone player, winning first chair in the Arkansas state band's saxophone section. When young, Clinton considered dedicating his life to music but ultimately opted for public service instead. - Wikimedia Commons

Barack Obama Young Column

Growing up in Hawaii, Barack Obama (then going by the nickname Barry) experimented with drugs, specifically marijuana and cocaine. - sPinterest

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The Gruesome Crimes Of The Only Catholic Priest Ever Executed In US History

Hans Schmidt illegally married, impregnated, and then brutally murdered and dismembered his mistress. For that crime, he was eventually executed via electrocution, and to this day is the only Catholic priest ever executed in the United States. Turns out, the murder he was caught for was only the tip of the iceberg.

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Portrait of Hans Schmidt, the only Catholic priest to ever be executed in the United States, circa 1910. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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23 Stunning Photos Of The 1920s’ Sexiest Broadway Revue

When producer Florenz Ziegfeld put together a small group of showgirls for a lighthearted summer show in 1907, nobody could have imagined the giant Broadway hit and lavish revue it would become. Yet the Ziegfeld Follies ran until 1931 — and would jumpstart the careers of several successful future Hollywood actresses.

For those of us who missed the Follies in their heyday, there’s always Alfred Cheney Johnston’s iconic, wildly popular Ziegfeld follies photos. Though there were a startling number of performers in rotation over the years, Johnson’s stunning portraits of the Follies’ resident vixens capture the epitome of desirability — and in the 1920s, this meant something a little different than it does today:

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Adrienne Ames

Adrienne Ames, Ziegfeld girl, 1929. Ames made 30 films in the 1930s, and after that hosted a successful radio program until 1947 — the year she died from cancer. - Flickr

Alice Wilkie

Alice Wilkie performed in the Follies from 1924 to 1926. - Flickr

Anna Lee Petersen

Ziegfeld star Anna Lee Petersen. - Flickr

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck, 1924. This future actress was a Ziegfeld girl between 1922 and 1926, and by 1944, the versatile performer was the highest paid woman in the U.S. - Wikimedia Commons

Caryl Bergman

Besides the Follies, Caryl Bergman also performed in four other Broadway shows from 1928 to 1932. - Wikimedia Commons

Claudia Dell

Claudia Dell, 1928. Dell was rumored to have been the model for the Columbia Pictures logo. - Flickr

Delores Costello

Delores Costello, Drew Barrymore's grandmother and "goddess of the silent screen", 1923. - Flickr

gloria swanson

Gloria Swanson, producer and actress best known for her role in "Sunset Boulevard." - Flickr

Hazel Forbes

Hazel Forbes, Miss Long Island and Miss United States, 1926. Forbes was also a millionaire: She inherited close to $3 million from her husband Paul O. Richmond after his death. - Flickr

Helen Hayes Brown

Helen Hayes (Brown), 1927. She was one of only 12 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. - Flickr

Helen Lee Worthing

Helen Lee Worthing was also an actress in the 1920s, performing in "The Count of Luxembourg," "The Other Woman's Story," and "Watch Your Wife." - Library of Congress

Jean Ackerman

Jean Ackerman, above, was once called the "World's Most Beautiful Brunette." - Flickr

jean ackerman

Jean Ackerman, 1927. - Flickr

Kathleen Rose Delores

Kathleen Rose (known simply as Delores, not to be confused with Delores Costello) joined the Ziegfeld girls in 1917. - Flickr

Kay English

Kay English performed for the Ziegfeld Theatre between 1927 and 1931. - Flickr

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, the iconic actress who popularized the bob haircut and was the epitome of "flapper" style. - Flickr

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford, who was also the co-founder of United Artists studios and one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. - Library of Congress

Model Doll

Unknown model posing with doll. - Flickr

Muriel Finlay

Murial Finlay made her debut on stage at the age of twelve, appearing in a play she wrote herself. - Wikimedia Commons

Muriel Finlay White Gown

Muriel Finlay, 1928. - Flickr

Risque Portrait

An unknown Ziegfeld model. - Flickr

Susan Fleming

Susan Fleming, 1930s. Fleming went on to be the actress known as the "Girl with the Million Dollar Legs," though that title can’t be verified in this portrait. - Flickr

Virginia Biddle

Virginia Biddle, 1927. She was a showgirl and Folly performer until 1931, when she sustained burns on her feet and ankles in a yacht explosion. - Wikimedia Commons

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