The people of the United States made history when they elected Barack H. Obama as their 44th President. Distinctively opposite from typical politicians who came from elite families, Obama rose to power through perseverance and determination. Experiencing the burden of life as an ordinary American inspired his lifelong work for the marginalized and the oppresed. Early Life of Barack Obama Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. His father was from Kenya, while his mother was from Kansas. His grandparents— a grandfather who served in the army and a grandmother who became a bank manager—also helped in raising Obama Obama finished his undergraduate degree through various financial assistances such as loans and scholarships. After college, Obama decided to move to Chicago. It was also in this period that Obama gradually involved himself in social issues. Together with an organization of church workers, he volunteered and took part in efforts to rebuild communities ...

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Early life of George Bush George Bush was born on Connecticut while his father was still attending Yale University. While George Bush was still young, the family decided to move to Midland, Texas as his father began his oil exploration business. Coming from an elite family, young Bush attended Midland public schools where he started to meet friends that will accompany him on his journey to the White House. Following the footsteps of his father, Bush also acquired his undergraduate degree from Yale. However, he also decided to expand his knowledge on business administration; and soon, he also received a business degree from the prestigious Harvard University. He then returned to Midland and got in the oil business. Soon, he became a husband to Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian, as well as a father to twin daughters Jenna and Barbara. His children have already finished college and are already pursuing their respective ...

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Early Life of William Clinton William Jefferson Blythe III, commonly known as William Clinton, was born on August 19, 194 in Hope, Arkansas. Four years after his birth, following the death of William's biological father three months before he was born, his mother married Roger Clinton. He then adopted his paternal name. As a student, William Clinton excelled both in academics and extra curricular activities. He also played the saxophone and even considered continuing it as a profession. However, meeting then President John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden as part of the high school delegation to Boys Nation changed his mind and ignited his interest in public service. William Clinton acquired an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. In 1968, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He also proceeded to law and graduated from Yale University in 1973. At law school, he met his wife Hillary Rodham. They have one ...

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George Bush brought to the table another side of America as the 'kindler and gentler ' nation. The foundation of the Bush administration was to impart traditional American values, and use them collectively for the each and every one's welfare. Early Life of George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 at Massachusetts. As a student, he showed early potential at public service when he became a student leader at Phillips Academy. The fact that this family also had a longrooted tradition in community service also contributed to his enthusiasm in the said field. At the young age of 18, he already enlisted in the armed forces. He became the youngest Navy pilot and completed 58 combat missions during World War II. On one unfortunate encounter with a Japanes aircraft, he was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and had to be rescued by a US submarine. ...

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Ronald Reagan was an actor turned politician. He served as the US president from 1981 to 1989. His administration gave birth to ‘Reaganomics’ which brought recovery from the long-held depression of the American economy. Early Life of Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. He obtained his degree in economics and sociology from Eureka College. He also played football and became part of the university’s theater productions. Reagan proceeded to become a radio sports announcer and later on, after a screen test, became a Hollywood actor and acted in 53 films. Reagan first married Jane Wyman and had two children named Maureen and Michael. Eventually, they separated and Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952. They also had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott. Reagan in the Political Scene Reagan then became the president of the Screen Actors Guild. As he become involved in issues regarding the rise ...

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James Carter was the US president from 1977 to 1981. Most of his notable works included international peacekeeping, humanitarian efforts, and promoting economic and social justice- all of which culminated in a Nobel Peace Prize that he received back in 2002. Early Life of James Carter James Earl Carter, Jr, known to many as simply James Carter, was born in Plains, Georgia on the first day of October 1924. As a child, his life revolved around peanut farming, a dash of politics, and Baptism. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Carter is also a husband to Rosalynn Smith and a father to three sons and one daughter: John William, James Earl III, Donnel Jeffrey, and Amy Lynn. Entering Politics Carter served at the Navy for seven years before entering politics in 1962.He was elected Governor of the state of Georgia through his comprehensive platform of promoting equality and justice in the ...

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On August 9, 1974, in a troubled and fragmented period of American history, Gerald R. Ford assumed office as the 38th president of the United States. Early Life of Gerald R. Ford Gerald R. Ford was born in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, but spent his childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He was an all-around student, excelling both in academics and extra-curricular activities. While on college, he became part of the University of Michigan football team. In fact, he even became an assistant coach to the Yale Football Team while he was studying law at the same university. Gerald R. Ford also enlisted himself in the Navy during the Second World War, and proceeded to become a lieutenant commander. When the war ended, Gerald R. Ford came back to practicing law, joined the Republican Party, married Elizabeth Bloomer, and became a father to Michael, Steven, Susan, and John. Ford Saves America Gerald R. Ford unexpectedly became ...

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Early Life of Richard M. Nixon Richard Nixon was born in 1913 in the state of California. He excelled on his studies at both Whittier College and Duke University Law. After completing his degree, he practiced law. He then married Patricia Ryan in 1940 and together, they have two daughters namely Patricia and Julia. He also served as a lieutenant commander during the World War II. Nixon’s Career in Public Service When Nixon left the American forces, he represented the state of California. In 1950, he entered the Senate. At 39 years old, he became vice president to General Dwight Eisenhower. Being part of the extensively successful Eisenhower administration gave him credibility and experience to run for higher office. Indeed, in 1960, he ran as president but lost to John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Despite his defeat, his political career did not die down. Instead, he took this opportunity to become the governor of California ...

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Early Life of Lyndon B. Johnson On August 27, 1908, Central Texas saw the birth of Lyndon B. Johnson. As a child, he was no stranger to poverty and injustice; in fact, he himself is a victim. He got himself to Texas State University- San Marcos, then known as the Southwest Texas State Teachers College. He also became a teacher to Mexican students, further learning about the different struggles they continue to face in America. He also served the Navy, taking the position of lieutenant commander and winning a Silver Star merit, during the Second World War. In 1934, he married Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor. Johnson’s Long and Winding Political Career Johnson had a long and consistent career in politics. He spent six terms at the House of Representatives before becoming a full- pledged senator in 1948. Lyndon Johnson is actually the youngest Minority Leader in the entire history of American Senate. A ...

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the youngest president of the United States that served from 1961 to 1963. His early political career ended abruptly when he was assassinated in Texas on November 22, 1963 just after his first one thousand days in the office. He was killed by a bullet while on a motorcade. Early Life of John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He completed his studies at the prestigious Harvard University in 1940. After which, he enlisted to be a part of the American Navy. While on a mission, his PT boat was damaged by a Japanese destroyer. While Kennedy obtained injuries, he was able to save his co- navy officers. After the war, he married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. Making History in Academe and Politics After serving the Navy, he entered American politics by joining the Democratic Party. He also became the ...

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