Who Were the Oldest Presidents & First Ladies?

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Bush and Clinton in the Oval Office in 2005. (Getty)

Now that George H.W. and Barbara Bush are both patients in a Houston hospital, people are wondering: How do they rank on lists of the oldest presidents and first ladies?

Bush is the oldest living president, and he is one of the oldest presidents in U.S. history. Donald Trump, when he is inaugurated, will become the oldest president ever to take office.

George H.W. Bush was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on January 18, after being in a Houston hospital for five days. He is suffering from a pneumonia related respiratory ailment. His wife, Barbara, was admitted to the same hospital for fatigue and coughing.

The former president is 92. His wife is 91.

Here’s what you need to know:


George H.W. Bush Is the Oldest Living President

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Barbara Bush and George H.W. Bush in 2015. (Getty)

George H.W. Bush is currently the oldest living president. Jimmy Carter was born the same year, but a few years after Bush. Carter was born on October 1, 1924, and Bush was born on June 12, 1924.

The only other living president, Bill Clinton, is 70. (Incidentally, the incoming president elect, Donald Trump, is also 70). Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946. Trump was born the same year on June 14.

As of January 18, there were five living presidents: George H.W. Bush; George W. Bush, his son; Clinton; Barack Obama; and Jimmy Carter. There will be six when Donald Trump is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Barack Obama is 55; he was born August 4, 1961.


Gerald Ford was the Longest Living President

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Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan both died at the age of 93 years. But Ford beat Reagan by 45 days.

Ford, who died on December 26, 2006, was 93 years and 165 days, reported AOL.com.

Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004, was 93 years, 120 days, according to AOL.


Donald Trump Will Be the Oldest President Ever Inaugurated

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Donald Trump. (Getty)

At 70, Donald Trump will become the oldest president ever inaugurated on January 20, 2017, according to The Robinson Library.

Before Trump, the oldest president inaugurated was Ronald Reagan, who was 69-years-old. William Henry Harrison was 68, James Buchanan was 65, and George Herbert Walker Bush was 64.

The youngest presidents at Inauguration? The Robinson Library says they would be Theodore Roosevelt at 42; John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43; Bill Clinton, 46; Ulysses S. Grant, 46; and Barack Obama, 47.


Harry Truman’s Wife Was the Longest Living First Lady

Bess Truman, the wife of President Harry Truman, is the longest living First Lady in U.S. history, dying at the age of 97 in 1972, according to Firstladies.org.

Nancy Regan and Lady Bird Johnson both lived to age 94. Betty Ford was 93. Barbara Bush is 91. (Rosalynn Carter is 89). There are five living First Ladies: Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton.


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