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Presidents Day Honors: Presidents in Uniform

In addition to sales promos and (hopefully) a day off of work, Presidents Day is meant to honor our nation’s leaders, and now seems like a fine time to pay special tribute to those Commanders in Chief who commanded in uniform.</br></br>These days, it’s a common criticism that there are too many lawyers and not enough former service members in the country’s hallowed halls of leadership, and the notion deserves its due – particularly considering that the U.S. is a global player in nearly every sense of the term.</br></br>Service comes in many forms and an honorarium for our presidents in uniform takes nothing away from the rest of the lot; it’s simply a nod to those who answered the call of duty. It’s a notable point on any resume, and doubly so for the commander of the world’s most powerful military force.</br></br>So, this Presidents Day, a sharp salute is extended to:</br></br>1. <strong>General George Washington (Virginal Militia, Continental Army, U.S. Army):</strong> French and Indian War, and Revolutionary War.</br></br>3. <strong>Colonel Thomas Jefferson (Virginia Militia):</strong> N/A.</br></br>4. <strong>Colonel James Madison (Virginia Militia):</strong> Revolutionary War.</br></br>5. <strong>Major James Monroe (Continental Army, Virginia State Troops): </strong>Revolutionary War.</br></br>7. <strong>Major General Andrew Jackson (North Carolina Militia, Tennessee Militia, U.S. Army):</strong> Revolutionary War, Creek War, War of 1812 and First Seminole War.</br></br>9. <strong>Major General William H. Harrison (U.S. Army): </strong>Northwest Indian War and War of 1812.</br></br>10. <strong>Captain John Tyler (Virginia State Militia): </strong>War of 1812.</br></br>11. <strong>Colonel James K. Polk (Tennessee State Militia):</strong> N/A.</br></br>12. <strong>Major General Zachary Taylor (U.S. Army): </strong>War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Second Seminole War and Mexican-American War.</br></br>13. <strong>Major Millard Fillmore (47th Brigade, New York State Militia, Union Continentals): </strong>Mexican-American War and Civil War.</br></br>14. <strong>Brigadier General Franklin Pierce (New Hampshire Militia, U.S. Army):</strong> Mexican-American War.</br></br>15. <strong>Private James Buchanan (Pennsylvania State Militia, U.S. Army):</strong> War of 1812.</br></br>16. <strong>Private Abraham Lincoln (Illinois State Militia): </strong>Black Hawk War (non-combatant).</br></br>17. <strong>Brigadier General Andrew Johnson (U.S. Army): </strong>Civil War.</br></br>18. <strong>General Ulysses S. Grant (U.S. Army):</strong> Mexican-American War and Civil War.</br></br>19. <strong>Major General Rutherford B. Hayes (U.S. Army Volunteers): </strong>Civil War.</br></br>20. <strong>Major General James A. Garfield (U.S. Army Volunteers):</strong> Civil War.</br></br>21. <strong>Quartermaster (General) Chester A. Arthur (New York State Militia):</strong> Civil War (non-combatant).</br></br>23. <strong>Brigadier General Benjamin Harrison (Indiana State Militia, U.S. Army):</strong> Civil War.</br></br>25. <strong>Major William McKinley (U.S. Army): </strong>Civil War.</br></br>26. <strong>Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (New York National Guard, U.S. Army, Rough Riders):</strong> Spanish-American War.</br></br>33. <strong>Colonel Harry S. Truman (U.S. Army):</strong> World War I.</br></br>34. <strong>General Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S. Army):</strong> World War I and World War II.</br></br>35. <strong>Lieutenant John F. Kennedy (U.S. Navy): </strong>World War II.</br></br>36. <strong>Commander Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S. Navy):</strong> World War II.</br></br>37. <strong>Commander Richard Nixon (U.S. Navy):</strong> World War II.</br></br>38. <strong>Lieutenant Commander Gerald Ford (U.S. Navy):</strong> World War II.</br></br>39. <strong>Lieutenant Jimmy Carter (U.S. Navy):</strong> World War II and Korean War (non-combatant).</br></br>40. <strong>Captain Ronald Reagan (U.S. Army):</strong> World War II (non-combatant).</br></br>41. <strong>Lieutenant George H. W. Bush (U.S. Navy):</strong> World War II.</br></br>43. <strong>First Lieutenant George W. Bush (Texas Air National Guard):</strong> Vietnam (non-combatant).</br></br>OTHER FUN FACTS:</br></br>- Of the presidents who served, only two did so while Commander in Chief: George Washington and James Madison (although the latter is questioned by some historians).</br></br>- The political affiliations of presidential service members are as follows: 1 Independent, 3 Democratic-Republicans, 4 Whigs, 8 Democrats and 14 Republicans.</br></br>Happy Presidents Day, everyone!
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