Among the 44 leaders who have served as President of the United States, 26 of them were lawyers. This means 59% of those serving in the top executive spot had law degrees.
This according to an infographic we first spotted in a post by A2L Consulting titled: 15 Fascinating Legal and Litigation Infographics.
We’re struggling a bit to find a “business of law” angle here, so we’ll settle instead for political affiliation among those 26 lawyer-Presidents:
- 50% Republican
- 38% Democrat
- 8% Whig
- 4% Federalist
Alas, the Bull Moose Party isn’t represented here, as its founder Teddy Roosevelt was opted for a profession other than law. The complete infographic is presented below, and since its Friday, please here’s a quick recap of the other “Friday Shares” we’ve posted recently:
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- Infographic Friday: The Case Against Billable Hours
- Infographic Friday: How a Legal Movie Led to an Infographic
- Infographic Friday: The Future of Law
- Infographic Friday: Evolution of Law Office IT
Update 4/15/14: There is (at least) one error in this infographic: Rutherford B. Hayes is listed twice. We believe the second listing should have been William McKinley who served from 1897 to 1901 and was also a lawyer.
United States Presidential Lawyers
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