Wednesday, April 27, 2016

So, I'm Wondering

It looks to me like Donald Trump has a good chance of winning the Republican nomination, after his sweep of five primaries on Tuesday.

We'll see if Cruz stays in the race.

So, I'm wondering if we've ever elected a president who has stepped into the Oval Office without ever having held elective office, and the answer is Yes.

Zachary Taylor, for example, was a career military officer, rose to the rank of Major General, and comanded US forces in the Mexican conflict.

We can't forget US Grant.  Also a career military officer who commanded US forces during our Civil War.

Then there is William Howard Taft, who was Secretary of War, Solicitor General of the United States, and Governor-General of the Philippines.

Then there is Herbert Hoover, who was Secretary of Commerce.

And last, but not least, Dwight D Eisenhower, another career military officer who was instrumental in winning World War II.

So, yeah, we've elected presidents who have never before held elective office.

2 comments:

Theother Ryan said...

Yes, also on the other side it will be Hillary. If she wins team 2a has big trouble. As such I bought 2x AR lowers today. Considering major purchases of pmags, Glock 9mm mags and 5.56 ammo also. If your few carbines and higher capacity pistols don't have as many mags as you ever want it is worth thinking about some purchases. Just my .02.

Daddy Hawk said...

Don't forget the early presidents. I'm not aware of Washington and Jefferson having held public office before the presidency.