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Qualifications Of Most Famous Presidents Of USA; This Is What They Said On Education

World's greatest political leaders have expressed lofty thoughts on the importance of education. South African leader late Nelson Mandela had once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." American leader Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education”. However, education cannot be limited to degrees or set of books. This holds true for US Presidents. Scroll down to know how educated were they?

Abraham Lincoln (March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865)

The 16th president of the United States entered office without formal education. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most popular presidents to lead the US. He was mostly self-educated though he believed in lifelong learning and was an avid reader.

Franklin D Roosevelt (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945

He was the longest serving president in the US history and also the only one to win a record four presidential elections. He took office when the worst economic crisis had hit the US. He attended prestigious Harvard University where he was considered an average student. He was a member of the famous Alpha Delta Pi fraternity and the Fly Club. He once said, “I took economics courses in college for four years, and everything I was taught was wrong." He entered Columbia Law School in 1904 but he dropped out after passing the New York State Bar Exam in 1907.

John F Kennedy (January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963)

J F Kennedy was one of the most educated presidents of the United States. He briefly went to the London School of Economics and then Princeton University. He was a graduate of Harvard University.He had said once, “The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are several. I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go there, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but is a university with something definite to offer. Then too, I would like to go to the same college as my father. To be a 'Harvard man' is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain.” He later enrolled in Stanford Graduate School of Business but left to help his father write a memoir.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974)

He was nicknamed as ‘Iron Butts” during his days at the law school because he spent endless hours at the library. In 1974, he became the only US president to resign from the office. He had an offer to attend the Harvard University with a tuition grant but couldn’t attend it as he had to help his mother to take care of his ill brother. He then attended the Whittier College and later received the full scholarship for Duke University School of Law.

Ronald Reagan (January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989)

He studied sociology and economics at the Eureka College where he graduated with a C grade.

Bill Clinton (January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001)

Bill Clinton holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services from Georgetown University. He received the Rhodes Scholarship and studied B.Phil in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University College, Oxford. He got B.Litt in Politics. He received an offer to study at the Yale Law School but left and did not receive a degree from Oxford.

George W Bush (January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009)

He graduated from Yale University with major in history. Then, he attended Harvard Business School and received an MBA degree.

Barack Obama (January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017)

Obama is one of the most educated presidents to have ever lead the USA. He graduated from Occidental College, Columbia University with a major in political science. Then he went to Harvard Law school and ended up with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard.

Donald J Trump (Incumbent)

Trump went to a boarding school, the New York Military Academy at the age of 13. In an interview, he said, “I was a wise guy, and they wanted to get me in line. Thinking back, it was a very positive influence”. He studied at the Fordham University, Bronx, but later shifted to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to study at the real state department.