5 Youngest American Presidents

Who are the five youngest American presidents? This list provides the answers. Many people think John F. Kennedy was the youngest man to serve as President of the United States, but they are wrong. Theodore Roosevelt was actually the youngest man to take office. Kennedy and three other men follow Roosevelt as the America’s youngest presidents.

  1. Theodore Roosevelt (42). Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was 42 when he took office, and he served from 1901-1909. A Republican Party leader and founder of the short-lived Progressive Party, Roosevelt is remembered for his achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, soldier and author.
  2. John F. Kennedy (43). John F. Kennedy, often referred to as JFK, was America’s 35th president. A member of the Democratic Party, he was 43 when he took office. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. As a president, Kennedy ranks high among public opinion. Encouraging Americans to become active citizens, he is remembered for his famous quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
  3. Bill Clinton (46). Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. He was 46 when he took office, serving from 1993 to 2001. Considered a “New Democrat,” Clinton was known for his centrist Third Way policies. Impeached for his connection with a scandal involving a White House intern, he was acquitted by the United States Senate.
  4. Ulysses S. Grant (46). Ulysses S. Grant was also 46 when he took office, serving as the 18th United States president from 1869 to 1877. The Republican was a respected military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods. A number of corruption scandals marred his presidency, yet he is remembered as a supporter of civil rights for freed slaves.
  5. Barack Obama (47). Barack Obama, is the 44th and current President of the United States. He was 47 when he took office in 2009. Obama, a Democrat, is the nation’s first African-American president. Under his leadership, the United States withdrew troops from Iraq and increased troops in Afghanistan. His domestic initiatives included economic stimulus legislation and health care reform.


(Additional Sources)

"42. Bill Clinton: 1993-2001." (The White House) http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/williamjclinton

"18. Ulysses S. Grang: 1869-1877." (The White House) http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ulyssessgrant

"44. Barack Obama: 2009- ." (The White House) http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/barackobama



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