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Longest-Living Presidents

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Here we have listed the presidents who lived longer than the U.S. life expectancy today, which is 79.11 years.


#1: Jimmy Carter

Age at blog post: 95


Jimmy Carter is still living. On October 1, 2020, he'll turn 96! He should quarantine A LOT because coronavirus is most likely to get old people, and he's almost 100!


#2: George H. W. Bush

Age at death: 94

Cause of death: Parkinson's Disease


His last words were, "I love you, too," spoken to his son George W. Bush.


#3: Gerald Ford

Age at death: 93

Cause of death: Heart problems because of old age


He was the longest-living president until George H. W. Bush passed him.


#4: Ronald Reagan

Age at death: 93 (but fewer months than Ford)

Cause of death: Alzheimer's


...who was the oldest president at inauguration at the time.


#5: John Adams

Age at death: 90

Cause of death: Heart failure


He died on Independence Day, just like Jefferson and Monroe. His last words were "Jefferson survives." He didn't know his that his friend had died five hours before.


#6: Herbert Hoover

Age at death: 90 (but fewer months than Adams)

Causes of death: Internal hemorrhage, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, strained vascular systems


The last words he's known to have written were a note to Harry Truman, wishing him well after hitting his head in the bathroom. I'm pretty sure Truman did get better, because he didn't die until later.


#7: Harry S Truman

Age at death: 88

Causes of death: Minor lung congestion, organ failures, cardiovascular-system collapse, hypotension


A lot of these presidents were REALLY sick.


#8: James Madison

Age at death: 85

Cause of death: Heart failure


Even though he died almost 200 years ago, he still lived longer than the longest life expectancy in the world in 2020, which is Japan, with a life expectancy of 84. Can you believe that?


#9: Thomas Jefferson

Age at death: 83

Causes of death: Kidney infection, kidney damage, and pneumonia


He must have been the sickest president at death. At least he was in his 80s. He died only five hours and 50 minutes before John Adams on July 4, 1826 at 12:30pm.


#10: Richard Nixon

Age at death: 81

Causes of death: Stroke, paralysis, swelling of the brain


His last words were "Help!" He said this to his housekeeper as he was having a stroke. When he got to the hospital, he was unable to speak, probably because of the paralysis.


#11: John Quincy Adams

Age at death: 80

Cause of death: Stroke


He had a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives and died in the Capitol building.


#12: Martin Van Buren

Age at death: 79 3/4

Cause of death: Asthma


His last words were, "There is but one reliance." I think he was talking about God.


SOURCES: Wikipedia, New York Times, and MentalFloss.com

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