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What Every President Did After Leaving the White House

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
> Presidential term: 1933-1945
> Occupation after leaving office: Died in office

Franklin D. Rosevelt died in office on April 12, 1945 from a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

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Harry S. Truman
> Presidential term: 1945-1953
> Occupation after leaving office: Writer, political commentator

After leaving the White House, Harry S. Truman retired to Independence, Missouri. He spent most of his time meeting with friends and important guests, commenting on political events, and working on his legacy by overseeing the construction of the Truman presidential library.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
> Presidential term: 1953-1961
> Occupation after leaving office: Writer

Eisenhower retired to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he worked on his memoirs. He often consulted with President Lyndon B. Johnson. He also wrote a bestseller, “At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends.”

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John F. Kennedy
> Presidential term: 1961-1963
> Occupation after leaving office: Assassinated while in office

John F. Kennedy was assassinated while in office. Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, as the presidential motorcade was passing through downtown.

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Lyndon B. Johnson
> Presidential term: 1963-1969
> Occupation after leaving office: Investor, writer

Lyndon B. Johnson retired to his Texas ranch — now a National Historical Park — where he spent most of his time working on developing his presidential library at the University of Texas in Austin. Johnson also spent his time writing his memoirs.

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