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What Every President Did After Leaving the White House

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Abraham Lincoln
> Presidential term: 1861-1865
> Occupation after leaving office: Assassinated while in office

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer on April 14, 1865 while still in office.

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Andrew Johnson
> Presidential term: 1865-1869
> Occupation after leaving office: Senator

After leaving the White House, Andrew Johnson unsuccessfully ran for Congress twice before becoming a senator in 1875.

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Ulysses S. Grant
> Presidential term: 1869-1877
> Occupation after leaving office: Traveler and writer

Ulysses S. Grant traveled around the world for two years after leaving the White House. Following the collapse of his son’s financial firm, in which Grant had invested, the former president decided to write his memoirs to earn money.

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Rutherford B. Hayes
> Presidential term: 1877-1881
> Occupation after leaving office: Social activist

Rutherford B. Hayes retired in Fremont, Ohio, from where he worked to promote social causes, education, and prison reform. He was a major contributor to two education funds benefiting students in the South.

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James Garfield
> Presidential term: 1881-1881
> Occupation after leaving office: Assassinated while in office

James Garfield was shot by a disgruntled lawyer who sought to be appointed to a job in the Department of State. The president suffered for three months from his wound. He died from an infection on Sept. 19, 1881.

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