10 US Presidents and Their Surprising First Jobs
Here are the first jobs of 10
They may have ended up as leaders of the free world, but each
Here are the first jobs held by 10 of them.
Number 10. Barack Obama.
Number 9. Ronald Reagan. As far as first jobs go, this president had a pretty good one. At the age of 15 he worked his first of many summers as a lifeguard in
Number 8. Bill Clinton. At the young age of 13 he was hired to bag groceries at a local
Number 7. Richard Nixon. Glamorous is certainly not a word one would use to describe this commander’s early work history. When Nixon was 7 he made a dollar for every 12 hours of bean picking he put in.
Number 6. Lyndon B. Johnson. Shining shoes is how this president earned extra money in his early years. He was even a bit of a celebrity in the field, having an ad extolling his expert services featured in the local paper.
Number 5. Andrew Johnson. After spending time in
Number 4. Harry S. Truman. His first paycheck came in the form of 3 silver dollars. He earned them by doing chores like dusting and sweeping at
Number 3. Gerald Ford. Though his life took an extraordinary turn, early on it was in many ways quite typical. Like numerous teens he earned money by making burgers and washing dishes at a restaurant.
Number 2. James Garfield. At the age of 16
Number 1. Jimmy Carter. There are kids who do odd jobs just to get some spending cash, and then there’s Jimmy Carter. When he was just 5 years old he hawked peanuts and used the profits to invest in cotton bales. He eventually sold those and earned enough in the process to buy 5 houses.
Which president do you think had the most interesting first job?
Match the names of the presidents with the jobs they were doing in their childhood.
1. Barack Obama
2. Ronald Reagan
3. Bill Clinton
4. Richard Nixon
5. Lyndon B. Johnson
6. Andrew Johnson
7. Harry S. Truman
8. Gerald Ford
9. James Garfield
10. Jimmy Carter
a. making clothes for people
b. going from house to house selling food
c. supervising swimmers
d. working in the kitchen of a restaurant
e. picking beans on a field
f. cleaning people’s shoes
g. working on a boat
h. selling ice cream
i. cleaning a store
j. working in a grocery store
1.h. 2.c. 3.j. 4.e. 5.f. 6.a. 7.i. 8.d. 9.g. 10.b.