Places Where Every U.S. President Was Born

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In order to become a U.S. President, a person must be at least 35 years old, have lived in the country for 14 years, and be a natural-born citizen. With the latter being one of the few requirements, the birthplaces of the 45 people who have been elected over the 245-year history of the United States have become historical landmarks in their own right. (There are 46 presidents, however, since Grover Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms; he is both POTUS number 22 and 24.)

While some are commemorated and preserved as National Park Service sites, others have more modest markers. And as the trend of log cabin-born leaders has transformed into one of hospital-born presidents (surprisingly, only five have been born in hospitals so far), birth sites are also changing with the times. Here’s a look at all the places where U.S Presidents were born.


George Washington: Westmoreland County, Virginia

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When Augustine Washington built a plantation house in the 1720s in Westmoreland County, Virginia, at Popes Creek Plantation (also known as Wakefield), little did he know what a major role in American history he was setting the foundation for. On February 22, 1732, the first of his six children with Mary Ball Washington, the future first President George Washington, was born there.

Though the house was eventually destroyed in a fire, a 55-foot-tall obelisk birthplace monument was erected in 1896, on the site that’s believed to be where it once stood. When President Theodore Roosevelt visited in 1906, he called the monument a “simple shaft.” In the 1920s, a decision was made to build a house on the site as a memorial instead, so, in 1931, the obelisk was moved to the entrance of the 500-acre National Monument that was established there. Much of the land was donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in 1930.


John Adams: Braintree, Massachusetts

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John Adams was born on October 30, 1735, in a rural New England-style home built by Joseph Penniman in 1681. His father, Deacon John Adams, bought the house and surrounding six acres in 1720. Eventually the farm expanded to 188 acres, primarily growing corn. Though Adams’ brother inherited the property after their father’s death, the Founding Father bought it from his sibling in 1774.

Still standing on Franklin Street, across from where his son and future sixth President John Quincy Adams was born, the “saltbox” style house — which got its name from the storage units with slanted lids in the colonial kitchen — is now part of a National Historical Park and the site of the country’s two oldest presidential birthplaces.


Thomas Jefferson: Shadwell, Virginia

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Thomas Jefferson’s father owned a 1,000-acre plantation in Albemarle Country, Virginia, near Charlottesville, called Shadwell, named for the London parish where his mother Jane Randolph Jefferson was born. After adding 200 acres in 1736, the family moved into a house on the property, built around 1741, where their third child was born on April 13, 1743.

In 1764, when he was 21 — more than a decade before he co-drafted the Declaration of Independence — Jefferson inherited the land from his father. But the family home was destroyed in a 1770 fire — and the future President never lived on the plantation again. He died on one of the family’s adjacent farms, Monticello, on July 4, 1826 — the same day John Adams died.


James Madison: Port Conway, Virginia

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Born in his mother’s house in Port Conway, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on March 16, 1751, James Madison was the first child of James Madison, Sr., and Nelly Conway Washington. Though the house along the Rappahannock River later burned down, the Belle Grove Plantation has stood on the foundation since 1791. It’s said to be a popular site for spotting the paranormal and was even featured on the Syfy show Ghosthunters.

But Madison didn’t spend many years there — he grew up in Mount Pleasant, a small plantation house in Virginia's Orange County, before moving into a nearby Gregorian brick home that became known as Montpelier.


James Monroe: Westmoreland County, Virginia

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Not only did James Monroe fight in the American Revolution under George Washington, but he was also born in the same county as the first President. Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones Monroe welcomed their first child on April 28, 1758, on a 250-acre plantation, which grew to 500 acres by the time James Monroe put an ad in the Virginia Gazette in 1870 to sell the land.

“It is perfectly level and rich; has standing on it, a quantity of valuable oak timber, adjoins the creek, large marshes which with part of the adjoining land, may be turned into a good meadow,” the ad read. “There are also on the tract, a dwelling house with a passage and several rooms below and above, with a kitchen, barn, stables, and other necessary out-houses.” A replica of his birth home, where Monroe spent his first years, is set to open at 4460 James Monroe Highway in Colonial Beach.


John Quincy Adams: Braintree, Massachusetts

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John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767, in a house just 75 feet away from where his father, John Adams, was born. The house was built by Samuel Belcher in 1663 and bought by his grandfather in 1744. The second President inherited the home in 1761 and drafted the Constitution of Massachusetts there in 1779.

While the younger Adams grew up in the house, he also spent time there with his wife, Louisa Catherine, and their three sons in the summers of 1806 and 1808, before he assumed office in 1825. The Adams family continued to own and rent out both that home and the one where the elder Adams was born until 1893. They eventually became house museums in the early part of the 20th century before the family donated them to the city of Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1940. They have since become a National Historical Park.


Andrew Jackson: Waxhaws, North and South Carolina

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While Andrew Jackson claimed to be born in South Carolina, one of his aunts who was at his birth said it was actually in North Carolina. The reason for the discrepancy stems from the fact that the remote Waxhaws region was still being surveyed at the time and sat on both sides of the border between North and South Carolina.

Adding to the mystery: Jackson’s father, Andrew Jackson, Sr., died in February 1767, weeks before the seventh President’s birth on March 15, 1767. His mother, Elizabeth Jackson, who was also known as Betty, ventured south to bury her husband at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and gave birth to Andrew Jackson, Jr., on her way back to the family home at Twelve Mile Creek, near where Mineral Spring, North Carolina, stands today.


Martin Van Buren: Kinderhook, New York

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Martin Van Buren’s modest upbringing began with his birth on December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York, about 20 miles south of Albany, to parents Abraham and Maria Van Buren. Raised in a tavern that doubled as the family home, he started working in a local law office since he couldn’t afford to go to college.

His stature earned him the nickname Little Magician — as he rose the ranks in town, he opened his own law office in Kinderhook in 1803 and eventually became a state senator, state attorney general, U.S. senator, and New York governor. While he went on to become the nation’s eighth Vice President and 10th secretary of state before becoming President in 1837, he kept close ties to his birthplace, in part by popularizing the term “OK,” which stood for “Old Kinderhook.” After his presidency, he returned to a 230-acre Kinderhook estate, which is now part of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.


William Henry Harrison: Charles City County, Virginia

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Although William Henry Harrison's presidency was cut short when he died after only a month in office, his short term was notable for another reason. Born on the Berkeley Plantation on February 9, 1773, he was 67 when he was inaugurated, making him the oldest President elected at the time and the last one born under British rule.

His family was among Virginia’s wealthy and well-connected families, and his father, Benjamin Harrison — who was also born at Berkeley Plantation — was part of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Now open to the public for tours, the plantation was also where General Daniel Butterfield composed the famous bugle call “Taps.”


John Tyler: Charles City County, Virginia

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Accidental President” John Tyler, who was sworn in after President William Henry Harrison’s death in 1841, was born to a prominent family in Charles City County, Virginia. His parents, Jon Tyler and Mary Armistead Tyler, welcomed him on March 29, 1790, one of nine children.

While Tyler inherited property from his family, he also bought a home on 1,600 acres from his cousin in 1842, while he was in office, and renamed it to Sherwood Forest, which is still maintained today by his descendants.


James K. Polk: Pineville, North Carolina

Historic log cabin home at birthplace of James Polk in Pineville, North Carolina
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Born on November 2, 1795, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina — in a small town now called Pineville — James Polk was the first of 10 kids welcomed by Sam Polk and Jane Knox. The family lived in a farmhouse, thought to possibly be a log cabin, before moving to Columbia, Tennessee, in 1806. The last mention of the original home was recorded in 1851.

Nowadays, the President K. Polk State Historic Site is open to visitors, but two structures may not be where they were during his birth. They were reconstructed in 1967, and only 21 of the original 150 acres still remain part of the property.  


Zachary Taylor: Gordonsville, Virginia

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After selling their home, the Hare Forest Plantation, the Taylor family set out for Kentucky. They were en route when family members started falling ill from measles, so they stopped at the Montebello plantation in Gordonsville, Virginia. There, on November 24, 1784, Colonel Taylor and Sarah Dabney Taylor welcomed son Zachary Taylor.

Not long after, the family continued on to Kentucky, settling in a 2.5-story brick house called Springfield, located on a 400-acre farm on Beargrass Creek, east of Louisville. Taylor eventually joined the Kentucky militia and then the U.S. Army in 1808, but he always kept ties to Springfield — in fact, five of his six children were born in his childhood home.


Millard Fillmore: Cayuga County, New York

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Millard Fillmore was born in a log cabin in Summerhill, in New York’s Finger Lakes region of Cayuga County, on January 7, 1800. He started learning about law in a county judge’s office and later worked in a Buffalo law office in 1822. Craving the small-town lifestyle, he moved to East Aurora and became its only lawyer. But soon he was elected to the state legislature and called back to city life in Buffalo.

It’s his East Aurora home — a 1.5-story clapboard house at 24 Shearer Avenue — that’s now known as the Millard Fillmore House and is a National Historic Landmark, open seasonally to visitors.


Franklin Pierce: Hillsborough, New Hampshire

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When Franklin Pierce’s father, Benjamin, arrived to survey land in Hillsborough, New Hampshire — often also spelled Hillsboro — he felt drawn to the area and ended up buying a cabin and farm there. Soon he also became involved in local government and rose to serve two terms as New Hampshire's governor, while also operating a tavern that became known as the city’s social center.

Right around the time Franklin Pierce was born on November 23, 1804, a two-story frame house with a hipped roof was built on the property, with a ballroom on the second floor. As the only President from New Hampshire, Pierce always felt a connection to Hillsborough. He even bought his own home there after he married in 1834, though he eventually moved to Concord in 1838. The National Historic Landmark is open for tours seasonally.


James Buchanan: Cove Gap, Pennsylvania

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In the late 1700s, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, was a bustling commercial town that cut through two of the three ranges in the Allegheny Mountains, making it a popular stop for those who were westward bound. James Buchanan’s father ran the trading post in town, changing its name from Tom’s Trading Place to Stony Batter, where the future President was born on April 23, 1791.

Though the family moved away when Buchanan was six years old, he later wrote of his first home: “It is a rugged, but romantic spot, and the mountain and mountain stream under the scenery captivating. I have warm attachments for it.” After his death, his niece Harriet Lane tried to purchase the land to build a monument. The transaction didn’t happen until 1907, after her passing, but a stone pyramid monument now stands in place of the log cabin where Buchanan was born.


Abraham Lincoln: Hodgenville, Kentucky

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Perhaps no other presidential birth is as storied as that of Abraham Lincoln. He was born on February 12, 1809, on his father’s Sinking Spring Farm in a single-room log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Two years later, the family moved 10 miles away to Knob Creek Farm and then in 1816 to southern Indiana, where he described his upbringing as being “raised to farm work.” Eventually the family moved to Illinois, first to Logan County and then to Coles County.

Despite Lincoln’s ties to Illinois, it’s that Kentucky cabin that represents his humble-to-heroic journey. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park now honors his beginnings with a “symbolic cabin” from the 1840s enshrined in a marble-and-granite Memorial Building that draws on Greek and Roman architecture influences. The building has 56 steps, representing the 56 years of his life, as well as 16 windows and 16 rosettes to celebrate his tenure as the 16th President.


Andrew Johnson: Raleigh, North Carolina

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Andrew Johnson grew up in poverty and ran away as a boy when he was apprenticed to a tailor. He is thought to have been born on December 29, 1808, in the detached kitchen for Casso’s Inn, where his parents worked.

Though it was originally located on Pullen Park, the structure was later moved to Mordecai Historic Park. But since the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is in Greeneville, Tennessee, a place that much of his later life revolved around, a replica of the birthplace home is also located adjacent to the park there.


Ulysses S. Grant: Point Pleasant, Ohio

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The first child of Jesse Grant and Hannah Grant was born on April 27, 1822, in a small frame cottage in the quiet Ohio River hamlet of Point Pleasant. Thanks to the family’s successful tannery business, by the fall of 1823, they had upgraded to a brick house in Georgetown, where Grant spent most of his childhood.

Grant’s birth home once went on tour around the country, transported by railroad flatbed cars, and also spent some time on display at the Ohio State Fair. Now back to its original site, the U.S. Grant Birthplace is run by the Historic New Richmond Inc., along with the Ohio History Connection, and welcomes visits May through September.


Rutherford B. Hayes: Delaware, Ohio

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Rutherford Hayes presided over the end of Reconstruction and the patching up of the divide left behind by the Civil War. Now, the 19th President’s birthplace is the site of, well, a BP gas station. But look carefully between the pumps and the sidewalk and you’ll find a concrete slab with a plaque reading, “This tablet marks the birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes … born October 4, 1822.”

With eight Presidents born in Ohio, perhaps the novelty was lost. After all, his childhood home is also now a church. But in 2019, the city decided to honor him in a bigger way, with a 700-pound bronze statue on the corner of Sandusky and Williams Streets. He also has a presidential library located in Fremont, Ohio.


James A. Garfield: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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The last of the log cabin Presidents, James Garfield was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Abram Garfield and Eliza Ballou, on November 19, 1831. After his father, a wrestler, died when he was two years old, his mother continued running the family farm. Garfield dreamed of being a sailor, but instead guided mules along the Ohio and Erie Rivers.

During his nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he lived on a farm in Mentor, Ohio, known for the front porch where he greeted constituents during his presidential campaign. He called it home until he was assassinated 200 days into his presidency. It’s now the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, but his birthplace is also open for viewings in Moreland Hills, Ohio.


Chester A. Arthur: Fairfield, Vermont

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Chester Arthur's birth — supposedly in Fairfield, Vermont, on October 5, 1829 — has been hotly debated. New York lawyer Arthur Hinman accused Arthur of actually being British, specifically claiming that he had been born in Canada to a British father and American mother — an accusation that, if true, would have prevented him from serving as President. But a New York Sun article came out just before he took office, denying every bit of it.

Add to that the fact that Arthur altered his birth year by one year, and the story becomes even more muddled. While there is a Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site in Fairfield, research has mostly shown that the area honoring his birth site is likely inaccurate. It continues to be debated today.


Grover Cleveland: Caldwell, New Jersey

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While there have been 45 Presidents, only 44 people have served in the role, because Grover Cleveland served two noncontiguous terms from 1885 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897, with Benjamin Harrison’s single term between them. Born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, in a two-story home that was built in 1832, Cleveland spent only a few years at the place of his birth before his family moved in 1841.

As one of the two oldest houses in Caldwell, the manse where he was born was the residence of his father, minister of the Presbyterian Church. The home was later expanded in 1848 and 1870. It was opened to the public in 1913 and then bought by the state of New Jersey in 1934 to operate as a museum.


Benjamin Harrison: North Bend, Ohio

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Benjamin Harrison was born with presidential DNA in his blood: The grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin was born on his grandfather’s estate on August 20, 1833, in the small village of North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

Sitting along the Ohio River, North Bend had a population of only 861 in 2016, but they’re proud of their double presidential roots. A limestone monument sits at the burial site of the elder Harrison, while a marker denotes where the 23rd President was born. Also in town is the Harrison-Symmes Historical Foundation Museum, with relics dedicated to both President Harrisons. Benjamin Harrison settled about 100 miles away in Indianapolis, where his home on North Delaware Street is now a National Historic Landmark.


William McKinley: Niles, Ohio

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The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial is indeed in Niles, Ohio, but the structure actually stands on the site of the single-room schoolhouse William McKinley once attended. The 232-foot by 136-foot classical Greek architectural memorial is made of marble from Georgia.

The centerpiece of the landmark is a statue of McKinley by sculptor John Massey-Rhind, surrounded by 28 columns. On one side is a wing with the McKinley Museum and an auditorium, and on the other is the McKinley Memorial Library. And that’s not the only library in the President’s name — there’s also the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton, Ohio.


Theodore Roosevelt: New York City

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Thanks to his grandfather Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt’s thriving business importing plate glass , Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in a gorgeous five-story brownstone at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan. The home was a wedding gift from his grandfather to his parents, Theodore Roosevelt Sr. and Martha Bulloch.

As brownstones fell out of fashion, the family sold their home and moved to a mansion at 6 West 57th Street in 1873, when Roosevelt was 14. The mansion was later transformed into a store in 1896 and then demolished in 1916. After Roosevelt’s 1919 death, the family bought back the original brownstone, as well as the brownstone next door where his uncle used to live, and rebuilt it as a replica of his birthplace. It opened to the public in 1923 as the Roosevelt House. Since 1962, the site has been run by the National Park Service as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site.


William Howard Taft: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Not only was William Howard Taft President from 1909 to 1913, but he also served as Supreme Court Chief Justice from 1921 to 1930 — which makes him the only person to have headed both the executive and judicial branches. There’s no doubt he was inspired by spending his childhood mingling with the greats — politicians, inventors, authors, industrialists, and other notable Americans — on Auburn Avenue, known as the “Fifth Avenue” of Cincinnati, where he lived.

The Taft family moved into the 1840 brick home in 1851, and Alphonso Taft and Louise Taft welcomed the future President on September 15, 1857. They lived there until he left for Yale University in 1874. Now the home is part of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, established in 1969 to “preserve in public ownership historically significant properties associated with the life of William Howard Taft.”


Woodrow Wilson: Staunton, Virginia

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When Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson became Staunton Presbyterian Church’s pastor in 1854, his family moved into the manse. Perched on top of the city’s Gospel Hill, the 12-room brick home was designed in Greek revival style and is a prime example of the Shenandoah Valley architectural style before the Civil War.

Twenty-one months after they moved in, the pastor and his wife, Jessie Woodrow Wilson, welcomed their third child, Thomas Woodrow Wilson. And while other pastors and their families moved into the home after the Wilsons, the future commander-in-chief always felt a draw to the area and the home, and even spent two nights there in 1912 to celebrate his 56th birthday, when he was the President-elect. After the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation was established in 1938, the home was refurbished in 1941. It's now part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.


Warren Harding: Blooming Grove, Ohio

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The eldest of eight children, Warren Harding was born November 2, 1865, near Corsica, Ohio, in what is now the small town of Blooming Grove. Just how small is it? One longtime resident estimated in 2017 that there hadn’t been anything new built in the town for the last 40 or 50 years. While there is a state marker at the site of Harding’s birth, it’s thought to be located one house east of the actual birthplace.

A bigger Harding blueprint exists about 25 miles southwest in Marion, where he moved in 1882. His Queen Anne-style 2.5-story house on Mount Vernon Avenue is now a National Historic Landmark, currently closed for renovations, but normally open for tours.


Calvin Coolidge: Plymouth Notch, Vermont

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Calvin Coolidge was born in a house attached to his father’s general store in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, in 1872 — appropriately, on the Fourth of July. Four years later, the family moved into the farmhouse on the homestead across the street. And as fate would have it, it was in this childhood home that Coolidge later took the oath to become the 30th President, after Warren Harding suddenly died while traveling in California.

Since Coolidge’s father hadn’t installed electricity or a telephone, the Vice President learned the news of Harding's death when a messenger arrived. Fortunately, his father was a notary public and swore in his son as commander-in-chief. The historic site now includes both the birthplace and homestead, as well as the general store, barns, a schoolhouse, church, cheese factory, and museum.


Herbert Hoover: West Branch, Iowa

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“This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life,” Herbert Hoover once said of his family's tiny two-room rural cottage in West Branch, Iowa. His father, Jesse Hoover, built the starter home across from his blacksmith shop three years before Hoover was born on August 10, 1874. One room was the bedroom for the parents and three children, while the other served multiple purposes as the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The family moved to a two-story home one block away when the future President was three years old, but before he was elected, his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, tried to buy back his birthplace in 1928 — eventually succeeding in 1935. Though it had been expanded and flipped around, the Hoovers restored the home to the way it was when they lived there. While talking to various family members to get it just right, Lou Henry Hoover curated the memories together in a manuscript, “Memories of a Little House.” The National Historic Site now includes the birthplace cottage and blacksmith shop, as well as the 31st President’s gravesite and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.


Franklin D. Roosevelt: Hyde Park, New York

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While the Roosevelts referred to their home on the estate as simply “Hyde Park” or “The Big House,” the official home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is called Springwood, built in 1826. FDR’s father bought the home in 1867, and his only child was born there on January 30, 1882.

The stucco-and-fieldstone house overlooking the Hudson River is the only place where a President was born, spent his life, and is buried. In fact, during his presidency, Roosevelt used Springwood for essential speeches and to entertain royalty, politicians, and the Secret Service. The summer before he died, Roosevelt — dealing with the stresses of World War II — said, “All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River.”


Harry S. Truman: Lamar, Missouri

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Harry S. Truman — the only Missourian to become President — was born on May 8, 1884, to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Truman in the southwest bedroom on the lower level of a 1.5-story small frame house. While the family moved around a bit — to Grandview in 1887, Independence in 1890, and Kansas City in 1902 — the birth site provides the most insight into Truman’s early years. Obtained by the state in 1957, the home was deemed a historic site in 1959 with a ceremony that Truman himself attended.


Dwight Eisenhower: Denison, Texas

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Of the seven Eisenhower siblings, Dwight Eisenhower — who was born October 14, 1890 — was the only one born in Texas. Prior to his birth, the family had moved to a two-story simple frame house in Denison for his father David Eisenhower’s job cleaning steam engines for less than $40 per month. They moved back to Kansas when baby Ike was only 18 months old.

Eisenhower eventually returned to his Texas roots more than two decades later, when he joined the Army and was stationed at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston. Denison acquired his birthplace in 1946; during his presidential campaign in 1952, he made sure to stop in the city where it all started for him. He also returned during his presidency, when the Eisenhower Birthplace became a state park in 1958.


John F. Kennedy: Brookline, Massachusetts

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By the time John F. Kennedy’s parents, Rose and Joseph Kennedy, bought their home at 83 Beals Street, it was the last available home on the block. The new Beacon Street trolley had made commuting into Boston easy, so families were snatching up homes in the area — and the Kennedys ended up with the smallest one. The house was built in 1909; the family bought it in 1914, and JFK was born in the master bedroom on May 29, 1917.

The Kennedys soon outgrew the home and moved to a larger one on nearby Abbotsford Road, but JFK always held a soft spot for his childhood neighborhood. “There is within each man a very special affection for the place of his birth,” Kennedy wrote in a letter. And in a 1961 speech, he added, “The enduring qualities of Massachusetts are an indelible part of my life, my convictions, my view of the past, and my hopes for the future.”


Lyndon B. Johnson: Near Stonewall and Johnson City, Texas

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Born in Texas Hill Country, near Stonewall and Johnson City, Lyndon B. Johnson was so proud of his birthplace that he hired an architect in 1964 to recreate the original 1889 house. Built by his grandfather Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., the home was later painted yellow by Johnson's father, Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr., and then torn down sometime in the 1940s. The President went to great lengths to make sure the replica captured the spirit of the original home.

Now part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City, the recreated home was used from 1964 to 1966 to host guests who couldn’t fit at the Texas White House. Johnson loved sharing stories of his past as he showed visitors around the home — and was especially proud of the only original furniture piece, a rawhide chair with a hole in the seat.


Richard Nixon: Yorba Linda, California

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As the only California native to become President, Richard Nixon was born January 9, 1913, in a home his father built on an eight-acre citrus farm. With white clapboard siding and a low-pitch gable roof, the 1.5-story home was located in Yorba Linda’s Quaker community, of which his parents were active members.

The family moved to Whittier in 1922 to open a grocery store, but a nine-acre site where the original home once stood is now the home of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.


Gerald Ford: Omaha, Nebraska

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Leslie Lynch King, Jr., was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 14, 1913, but was quickly whisked away to Grand Rapids, Michigan, by his mother, Dorothy Ayer Gardner, who divorced his abusive father and married Gerald Rudolff Ford three years later. The child eventually became known as Gerald Ford.

While Ford wasn’t aware of his biological father until he was 17, the city of Omaha still honors where he spent his earliest years with Ford Birthsite Gardens. On the site is a gazebo with a model of the original home, as well a rose garden and Colonnade, made to look like the White House.


Jimmy Carter: Plains, Georgia

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If anyone has Georgia on their mind, it’s definitely Jimmy Carter. After all, he still lives in the same town of Plains, where he was born on October 1, 1924, as the eldest of Earl Carter and Lillian Carter’s four children. Lillian gave birth at Wise Sanitarium (which became Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center) — making Carter the first President born in a hospital. The family later moved to a farm in Archery, Georgia, an unincorporated area just 2.5miles west of Plains, and since then, the entire area has been synonymous with the 39th President as part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

Carter spent much of his childhood helping out on the farm, as well as hawking boiled peanuts on the streets of Plains. “The early years of my life on the farm were full and enjoyable, isolated but not lonely,” Carter said in 1975. ”We always had enough to eat, no economic hardship, but no money to waste. We felt close to nature, close to members of our family, and close to God.” Now he reportedly lives in a two-bedroom ranch home in Plains worth $167,000 — less than the Secret Service vehicles that watch over him.


Ronald Reagan: Tampico, Illinois

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The only Illinois-born President, Ronald Reagan entered the world on February 6, 1911, in an apartment above a bakery in Tampico, about 120 miles west of Chicago. Though the family moved into a house on nearby Glassburn Street when he was just four months old, his birthsite is now a museum, with the apartment refurbished to resemble what it looked like during Reagan’s early months. The bakery below turned into a bank from 1919 until the 1930s but has also been restored to its original look.

Reagan's family moved around a bit throughout his childhood, at one point living in Dixon, Illinois, where their home is now open as the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. While the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is in Simi Valley, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, Reagan felt the greatest pull to Dixon. “All of us have to have a place we go back to,” he wrote in 1980. “Dixon is that place for me. There was the life that has shaped my body and mind for all the years to come.”


George H. W. Bush: Milton, Massachusetts

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George H. W. Bush was the fourth U.S. President to be born in Massachusetts’ Norfolk County, following John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John F. Kennedy. Born in a 19th-century home in a makeshift delivery room on June 12, 1924, at 173 Adams Street, he spent only the first six months of his life there.

But in 1997, after his presidency, he returned to the site and to the second-floor bedroom where he was born, thanks to the Victorian house’s owners at the time. “The importance of the values we get from our families, values that I think of when I think of Milton, Massachusetts, and the people here and the history of this town, are what life is really all about,” he said, according to The Patriot Ledger. During that visit, a plaque on granite stone marking his birthplace was revealed. After his death in 2018, mourners blanketed the area with flowers and memorials.


Bill Clinton: Hope, Arkansas

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Born at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946, Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life in a frame house at 117 South Hervey Street, raised by his maternal grandparents and his widowed mother. (His father died in a car accident in May, just months before he was born.)

“In this house I learned to walk and talk, I learned to pray, I learned to read, and I learned to count by number cards my grandparents tacked on the kitchen window,” Clinton said at the 1999 dedication of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. He was quoted for his hometown pride in 1992, when he said, “I still believe in a place called Hope.”


George W. Bush: New Haven, Connecticut

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While the Bush family seems synonymous with Texas, George W. Bush was born in a New Haven hospital after his father, the 41st President, returned from active duty and enrolled at Yale University. Unlike at the birthplaces of the previous 42 Presidents, there’s nothing to indicate that Yale-New Haven Hospital, which was then called Grace-New Haven Hospital, is where the younger President Bush entered the world.

In a story for the Hartford Courant in 2004, the hospital seemed bewildered by the questions about his birth, but eventually tracked down the delivery room he was born in, which has since been converted into laboratories. The investigation also turned up the fact that he was delivered by one of the few female doctors at the time, but the hospital has not shared any plans to transform the site into a presidential landmark.


Barack Obama: Honolulu, Hawaii

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According to his much-discussed birth certificate, Barack Obama was born at the Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, now known as the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The only President not born in the contiguous 48 states, Obama entered the world on August 4, 1961, just two years after Hawaii became part of the United States.  

Earlier this year, the 1,976-square-foot, three-bedroom home where he lived from 1964 to 1967, located in Hawaii’s Manoa neighborhood, went on the market for $2.2 million. Built in 1947, the home also has a 292-square-foot detached cottage. But he’s perhaps better known for his Chicago roots, as his home at 5046 S. Greenwood Avenue can be spotted from Hyde Park Boulevard.


Donald Trump: New York, New York

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The second President born in a major city, Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946, at Jamaica Hospital, now called Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, in the New York City borough of Queens. In 2010, a $44 million Trump Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation opened at the hospital, named for Trump’s mother, Mary Trump.  
He spent his formative years in a wealthy part of Queens called Jamaica Estates. “Different parts of Queens were rough — this was an oasis,” he told The New York Times. “It was very family oriented.”


Joe Biden: Scranton, Pennsylvania

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On the morning of Election Day on November 3, 2020, Joe Biden made a very important stop — he went back to his birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and visited the childhood home where he lived until he was 10 years old. The house on North Washington Avenue in the city’s Green Ridge neighborhood now has new owners, but they let the 46th president in to leave his mark by signing the living room wall, “From this house to the White House with the grace of God.”

It wasn’t until four days later that the words he wrote came true. Despite the fact that his family moved to Delaware when his dad quit his job as a car dealership sales manager, Biden long kept his attachment to his first hometown, also stopping by in 2008, when he was the Vice Presidential nominee, and wrote on the wall in his old room “I am home.”


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