Time After Presidency

  • Jimmy Carter has the longest post-presidency at over 37 years.
  • Eight presidents died while in office.
  • Of those that completed their terms, James K. Polk had the shortest post-presidency at 103 days.
  • The average length of time a president lives after their presidency is a little under 14 years.
  • * indicates the president is still alive. Those presidents' time after their presidency were calculated on December 1, 2018.
  • + Cleveland's time is based on the end the second of his two non-consecutive terms.

Rank#PresidentTime Post-Presidency
139Jimmy Carter37 years 315 days *
231Herbert Hoover31 years 230 days
338Gerald R. Ford29 years 340 days
441George H. W. Bush25 years 314 days
52John Adams25 years 122 days
68Martin Van Buren21 years 142 days
713Millard Fillmore21 years 4 days
833Harry S. Truman19 years 340 days
937Richard M. Nixon19 years 256 days
104James Madison19 years 116 days
116John Quincy Adams18 years 356 days
1242Bill Clinton17 years 315 days *
133Thomas Jefferson17 years 122 days
1427William H. Taft17 years 4 days
1510John Tyler16 years 320 days
1640Ronald Reagan15 years 136 days
1714Franklin Pierce12 years 218 days
1819Rutherford B. Hayes11 years 319 days
1924Grover Cleveland11 years 112 days +
2043George W. Bush9 years 315 days *
2126Theodore Roosevelt9 years 308 days
2218Ulysses S. Grant8 years 141 days
237Andrew Jackson8 years 96 days
2434Dwight D. Eisenhower8 years 67 days
2523Benjamin Harrison8 years 9 days
2615James Buchanan7 years 89 days
2717Andrew Johnson6 years 149 days
285James Monroe6 years 122 days
2936Lyndon B. Johnson4 years 2 days
3030Calvin Coolidge3 years 307 days
3128Woodrow Wilson2 years 336 days
321George Washington2 years 285 days
3344Barack Obama1 year 315 days *
3421Chester A. Arthur1 year 259 days
3511James K. Polk103 days
369William Henry HarrisonDied in Office
3612Zachary TaylorDied in Office
3616Abraham LincolnDied in Office
3620James A. GarfieldDied in Office
3625William McKinleyDied in Office
3629Warren G. HardingDied in Office
3632Franklin D. RooseveltDied in Office
3635John F. KennedyDied in Office
45Donald J. TrumpIncumbent

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