15 Young Presidents Before Becoming The Most Powerful Men In The World

It's not hard to believe that being the most powerful person in the world can severely age someone. The proof is in the before and after portraits of presidents from the day they are sworn in until they peacefully transfer power to the next in succession. From increased wrinkles to profoundly more gray hairs, former Presidents of the United States have to wonder where the time went.

Let's take a look at some past leaders of the free world and see how they looked before they took office. Projecting their youthful ambitions, here are 15 presidents when they were mere babes.

1. Barack Obama

A young 18-year-old Barack Obama poses for a photo shoot while attending Occidental College in Los Angeles. The former president has never denied inhaling.

2. John F. Kennedy

JFK is often cited as the youngest president in U.S. history, but #7 takes the cake. Here is a 26-year-old J.F.K. aboard the PT-109 in the Solomon Islands.

3. Abraham Lincoln

One of the earliest confirmed photos taken by Nicholas H. Shepherd of President Abraham Lincoln in his late thirties while he was serving as a Congressman in 1846. 

4. Ronald Reagan

This strapping young man is "The Gipper" or "The Great Communicator" while he was attending North Side High School doing what he loved - playing football.

5. George H.W. Bush

George Bush Sr. was a well-regarded World War II Navy pilot, and was the youngest pilot in United States Naval history at age 18. 


6. George W. Bush

Now we'll take a look at George W. Bush when he was only 19-years-old and served as a 1st Lt. in the Texas Air National Guard.

7. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

Captured in 1878, this portrait of a 20-year-old Theodore Roosevelt shows what the youngest president looked like during his sophomore year at Harvard University.

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt

This is an almost unrecognizable formal portrait taken in 1900 of the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Groton, Massachusetts when he was only 18-years-old.

9. Richard Nixon

20-year-old Richard Nixon was a huge football fan and played while he attended Whittier College, although he rode the bench most of the time. 

10. Gerald Ford

Here is a historical photo of President Gerald Ford in 1929 when he was only 16-years-old posing with his grandma Adele Ayer Gardner and brothers Richard and James.

11. Bill Clinton

With the help of scholarships, William Jefferson Clinton attended Georgetown University from 1964 through 1967 while he was an intern for Governor J. William Fulbright.


12. Woodrow Wilson

Taken in the mid-1870s around the time the former Presbyterian preacher left Davidson College and transferred to Princeton University as a freshman where he graduated in 1879.

13. Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter studied at Georgia Southwestern and the Georgia Institute of Technology before earning his bachelor's degree at the United States Naval Academy prior to being commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in 1946.

14. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here's future President Dwight D. Eisenhower with his wife Mamie on the front steps of St. Louis Hall at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in 1916. 

15. Rutherford B. Hayes

Before growing his signature full beard, this is what Rutherford B. Hayes looked like in his early twenties. Sports fans are taken back by his uncanny resemblance to quarterback Drew Brees. 

Take some time to look up some of the other handsome faces of previous presidents. They will certainly give you a new perspective and respect for the job. 

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