Before They Were President

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

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

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