The 15 Oldest Presidents in US History

Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush

Concerns about the mental capacity of the current president, thanks to his age, have raised questions about whether or not there should be an age limit on presidential candidates. However, Biden isn't the only president who took office at an older age. Here's a look at the oldest presidents ever to hold office.

1. Joe Biden

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Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942. He took office in January 2021 at age 78. He is currently the oldest sitting president at 81 years old.

2. Donald Trump

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Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946. He was 70 when he took office and was 74 at the end of his first term.

3. Ronald Reagan

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Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. He took office at age 69 and was 77 when he retired after his second term. He lived to be 93 years old.

4. William Henry Harrison

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Harrison was born on February 9, 1773. He was 68 years old when he took office as the ninth president. He also held the office for the shortest time in history, dying just 31 days into his term.

5. James Buchanan

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Buchanan was born on April 23, 1791. Buchanan was 65 years old when he took office. He was succeeded by President Lincoln in 1860.

6. George H. W. Bush

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Bush was born on June 12, 1924. He was 64 years old when he took office after serving two terms under Reagan as his vice president.

7. Zachary Taylor

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Zachary Taylor was born on November 24, 1784. He was 64 years old when he took office. He died a year later from what his physician described as “cholera morbus.”

8. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890. He was 62 when he took office and was 70 when he retired.

9. Andrew Jackson

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Jackson was born on March 15, 1767. Jackson was 61 when he took office and was 69 by the end of his term.

10. John Adams

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John Adams was born on October 30, 1735. He was 61 years old when he took office and 65 at the end of his first and only term.

11. Gerald Ford

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Gerald Ford was born on July 14, 1913. He took office on August 9, 1974 following Richard Nixon's resignation at the age of 61. Ford only served a partial term and was 63 when he left office.

12. Harry Truman

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Harry Truman was born on May 8, 1884. He took office at the age of 60 and was 68 at the end of his second term.

13. James Monroe

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James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758. He was 58 years old when he took office and 66 by the time he left office.

14. James Madison

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James Madison was born on March 16, 1751. He was nearly 58 years old (57 years and 353 days) when taking office. At the end of his second term, he left office at the age of 65.

15. Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743. Our third president took office at 57 years old and left office at 65 years old.

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