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U.S. Presidents Who Were Surprisingly Handsome When They Were Young


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UPDATED 3/1/2023


Most of us are familiar with the faces of those who have held the office of President of the United States. Though noble and powerful, almost all of those faces have one thing in common: they’re old (not to mention male and white).


Considering that the youngest person to assume the presidency was Theodore Roosevelt at the age of 42, it’s no wonder that most of the photographs and portraits of past US Presidents lack a certain youthful glimmer. But the following 10 photos of US presidents as young men will give you a whole new perspective…

1. Barack Obama, Age 18

Lisa Jack

This isn’t really a surprise, but Obama was very cute in college, and the first future president to rock a mini-‘fro (though it would have been such a good look on Grover Cleveland. Missed opportunity, Grove).

2. John F. Kennedy, Age 21 And 20



John F. Kennedy is generally regarded as the hottest president, so it’s no surprise that in his 20s he was heart-stoppingly gorgeous.


Gerald R. Ford Museum

Gerald Ford, also known as a pretty boring president, played football for the University of Michigan in the early 1930s and looked foxy doing it. He could tackle me any day with those touchdown looks. Extra point for those strong arms. Automatic first down for that thick hair. I’d let him sack me for sure. Ball control.


Georgetown School of Foreign Service , The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

Aww, Clinton’s adorable. No wonder he’s so irresistible to the ladies.

5. Ronald Reagan, Age 29 , Bettmann

Decades before he asked Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, Reagan was a movie star and apparently a lifeguard. Check out that swimsuit with those interesting midriff cutouts. Who knew he was so fashionable?

6. Franklin Roosevelt, Age 18

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Not only was Franklin Delano Roosevelt instrumental in ending World War II (you know, that big serious one), but when he was in college he could have been in an L.L. Bean ad.


7. Jimmy Carter, Age 18


Jimmy Carter Library


Growing up on a peanut farm meant Jimmy Carter would develop a deep bond with rural environments, which would also spell opportunity. By age 13, in the midst of the Great Depression, Carter had earned enough money on the farm to buy five low-priced houses to be rented out to local families.

8. George H. W. Bush, Age 18

United States Navy , MCT


H.W., also known as Dad Bush, played first base for Yale and scored a total home run with that square jaw and those dark eyes. Anyone sick of these sports puns yet? Not me!


9. George W. Bush, Age 19

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Like his father, George W. Bush went to Phillips Academy in Andover where he struggled academically and got a zero for his first written assignment (Bush had overused a thesaurus that he thought would improve his vocabulary).


10. Harry Truman


Wikimedia Commons

Harry Truman spent much of his youth reading and playing piano, and even considered pursuing a career as a concert pianist. He also dreamed of being a soldier, but his poor vision prevented him from getting into West Point. After failing the initial eyesight test required to enter the National Guard, Truman memorized the eye chart and was accepted the second time around.


Who is the youngest president of the USA?

The youngest to become president by election was John F. Kennedy. He was 43 years old at the time of his inauguration.

Who is the shortest president?

The shortest US president was James Madison at 5 feet 4 inches (163 centimeters). The tallest was Abraham Lincoln at 6 feet 4 inches (193 centimeters).

Who is the most handsome president in the US?

A list of the most handsome president in the US names President Franklin Pierce as the #1 most handsome. Also on the list includes JFK, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and James Monroe.

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