Special Report

American Presidents Who Lived the Longest and Shortest Lives

37. Richard Nixon
> Age at time of death: 81 years
> Date of death: April 22, 1994
> Cause of death: Stroke
> Place of death: New York City

Facing likely impeachment due to his involvement in the Watergate scandal, Nixon resigned from office on the evening of August 8, 1974. Disgraced, he and his wife Pat Nixon moved to their home in San Clemente, California. Nixon spent much of 1974 in the hospital due to complications from a blood clot removal. He was also hurting financially from having to defend himself from the numerous lawsuits filed against him due to the Watergate scandal. He gradually returned to public life and prominence through a series of memoirs and speeches. Nixon and his wife moved to New York City in 1980, where he died of a stroke 14 years later. Nixon was 81 years old at his time of death.

38. Gerald Ford
> Age at time of death: 93 years
> Date of death: December 26, 2006
> Cause of death: Heart failure
> Place of death: Rancho Mirage, California

Inheriting the presidency from Richard Nixon, the first president in history to resign, and losing to Jimmy Carter as an incumbent candidate, Gerald Ford is one of a small group of American presidents to never be directly elected to office. Like many presidents before him, Ford was a veteran. Awarded for distinguished service, Ford was stationed in the Pacific on a naval aircraft carrier during World War II. Before assuming the highest office in the land, Ford was also a popular congressman, serving his district in Michigan for 25 years.

40. Ronald Reagan
> Age at time of death: 93 years
> Date of death: June 5, 2004
> Cause of death: Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia
> Place of death: Los Angeles, California

The most recent president to pass away, Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Reagan had been largely absent from public life since late 1994, when he had addressed a letter to the nation stating that he was afflicted with the disease. Prior to his struggle with Alzheimer’s, Reagan spent his retirement in his Los Angeles estate working on his memoirs and the construction of his presidential library. Reagan was 93 years old at the time of his death. He enjoyed the longest lifespan of any president other than Gerald Ford, who outlived him by 45 days.

41. George H.W. Bush
> Age at time of death: 94 years
> Date of death: November 30, 2018
> Cause of death: Not released
> Place of death: Houston, TX

The most recent president to pass away, George H.W. Bush died away at his home in Texas. While the official cause of death has not been released, Bush suffered from the effects of vascular parkinsonism, a disease similar to Parkinson’s disease caused by strokes, and was bound to a wheelchair at the end of his life. At the time of his death, Bush was the longest-lived president, at 94.

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