14 Presidents With Surprising Former Jobs, Because There's More Than One Way To Get To The Top

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After months of assumption and days of Internet anticipation, Sunday's announcement made it official: Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. If she wins, she'd obviously be the first First Lady — an under-compensated, but arguably very important figurehead — and eighth Secretary of State, to become president. This got me thinking about the pre-presidential lives of all of our fearless leaders who went on to occupy the Oval Office... what occupations have prepared our commanders-in-chief? There are of course a long line of lawyers, soldiers, and congressmen — even several schoolteachers — but there have been some interesting outliers, as well. So I present to you the surprising former jobs of American presidents, because it turns out there are a lot of different ways to get to the top.

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