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Can you name the US Presidents by the things they did before they were elected?

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Crossed the Delaware
In the Senate, advocated spending the federal surplus on generous pensions for veterans
As Majority Leader, was responsible for the passage of the Civil Rights Act
Served as military governor of occupied Tennessee
Served as Governor of Texas and pushed through the state's largest tax-cut
Sacked Florida and deposed the Spanish governor
Effectively ran the US Department of the Navy and led the 'Rough Riders' in Cuba
Championed civil rights and helped pass the law to emanicipate all slaves passing through New York
Earned the nickname 'Old Tippecanoe'
Argued for the petitioners in the Supreme Court case 'Ex parte Milligan'
Was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence
Was Secretary of State and Secretary of War at the same time
Took personal control of the remaining police force in the Boston Police Strike
Debated Stephen A. Douglas
Served as Chief of the US Liasion Office to China and the Director of the CIA
Failed to negotiate peace on Staten Island
As governor, made many enemies in New York by investigating the sale of judicial offices
Created the first political machine, encompassing all of New York
Served as the governor of Tennessee for three years
After narrowly losing a Presidental Election, wrote the bestselling 'Six Crises'
Founded what is now the State University of New York at Buffalo
Became famous for his ability not to offend anyone and a reputation for honesty
Graduated from Yale and served as Governor of Arkansas
Ordered video documentation of the Holocaust for use in war crimes tribunals
Saved at least $15 billion after investigating the scandal of military fraud and mismanagement
Served as a successful Governor of New York, even while unpopular with Tammany Hall
Achieved the rank of Major General in a 40-year Army career
Had several spinal operations over the period of two years, nearly dying twice
Fathered three children, all of whom died before he became President
Despite earlier support, became a very vocal opponent of the death penalty
As a state Senator, actively engaged with police organizations to enact death penalty reforms
Served as President of Princeton and Governor of New Jersey
Administered the distribution of over 2.5 million tons of food to 9 million war victims
Drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution
Appointed Governor-General of the Philippines
Served as SAG President and provided the FBI with names of actors he believed to be communists
Published 'The Marion Daily Star' and made it one of the most popular papers in the country
Turned down an appointment to the Supreme Court to serve as Minister to the UK
Headed the Warren Commission and exposed the CIA's destruction of evidence
As govenor of Ohio, headed a charity drive that benefited thousands of starving citizens
'Served' almost the entirety of his Vice Presidency outside of Washington
Helped formulate the Monroe Doctrine as Secretary of State
Commanded and won the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga

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