Special Report

What Every President Did After Leaving the White House

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William Howard Taft
> Presidential term: 1909-1913
> Occupation after leaving office: Chief justice of the Supreme Court

Before being appointed chief justice of the United States by President Warren Harding, a position in which he remained almost until his death, William Howard Taft was teaching constitutional law at Yale University.

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Woodrow Wilson
> Presidential term: 1913-1921
> Occupation after leaving office: Out of public view

Woodrow Wilson stayed out of public view after leaving the White House. He had suffered a stroke two years before the end of his second term. The stroke left him almost blind and partially paralyzed.

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Warren G. Harding
> Presidential term: 1921-1923
> Occupation after leaving office: Died in office

Warren G. Harding died from what is believed to be a heart attack on Aug. 2, 1923, while still in office.

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Calvin Coolidge
> Presidential term: 1923-1929
> Occupation after leaving office: Writer

After leaving the White House, Calvin Coolidge retired to Northampton, Massachusetts, where he spent most of his time working on his memoirs. He also contributed to political magazines.

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Herbert Hoover
> Presidential term: 1929-1933
> Occupation after leaving office: Political commentator, served on Hoover Commission

Herbert Hoover was an active political commentator after his presidential term. He was a vocal critic of FDR’s New Deal programs, writing many articles and books arguing against the federal government having too much power. He served on several congressional commissions, including the Hoover Commission, or Commission on the Organization of the Executive Branch of Government.

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