Special Report

The Net Worth of the American Presidents: Washington to Trump

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27th: William Howard Taft
> Est. peak net worth: $3.1 million
> In office: 1909-1913

William Howard Taft’s father-in-law was a law partner of former president Rutherford B. Hayes. Taft was president of the American Bar Association, an active attorney for nearly two decades, and the only president to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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28th: Woodrow Wilson
> Est. peak net worth: less than $1 million
> In office: 1913-1921

Woodrow Wilson received modest compensation as head of Princeton and governor of New Jersey. He never served in any position that provided him with a substantial income. Wilson had a stroke in office and died five years later.

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29th: Warren Gamaliel Harding
> Est. peak net worth: $1.0 million
> In office: 1921-1923

Much of Warren Harding’s net worth came from his wife, Florence. She was the daughter of a wealthy businessman and her business skills helped his newspaper, the Marion Star, become successful.

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30th: Calvin Coolidge
> Est. peak net worth: less than $1 million
> In office: 1923-1929

Calvin Coolidge’s father was a prosperous storekeeper and community official. He spent years as an attorney and also served as the governor of Massachusetts. He derived his net worth primarily from his home, The Beeches, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Some of Coolidge’s net worth can also be attributed to the advance he received on his autobiography as well as the money he made from his newspaper column.

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31st: Herbert Clark Hoover
> Est. peak net worth: $84.0 million
> In office: 1929-1933

Herbert Hoover was orphaned as a child, but he overcame his struggles to become a successful businessman and politician. After graduating from Stanford and before entering politics, Hoover worked as a mining engineer, becoming an expert in the field. He went on to own several Burmese silver mines and write a mining engineering textbook, all of which contributing to his considerable wealth.