List of Presidents of the United States by date of death

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This is a complete list of United States Presidents by date of death. There are currently four living former Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, in order from oldest to youngest), as well as the current President Barack Obama.

List[edit]

ODOBNameDate of
death
OOCause of deathAgePlace of deathDate of BurialPlace of Burial
11Washington, GeorgeGeorge WashingtonDec 14, 1799, 10:00pm1epiglottitis [1]67Mount Vernon, VirginiaDec. 18, 1799Mount Vernon, Virginia
23Jefferson, ThomasThomas JeffersonJul 4, 1826, 12:30pm[2]3diarrhea, toxemia from a kidney infection, uremia from kidney damage, and pneumonia [3]83Charlottesville, VirginiaMonticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
32Adams, JohnJohn AdamsJul 4, 1826, 6:20pm[2]2heart failure90Quincy, MassachusettsUnited First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
45Monroe, JamesJames MonroeJul 4, 1831, 3:15pm5tuberculosis[citation needed]73New York City
Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia[4]
54Madison, JamesJames MadisonJun 28, 1836, 6:00am4heart failure85Montpelier Estate, Orange, Virginia
June 29, 1836Montpelier Estate, Orange, Virginia
68Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry HarrisonApr 4, 1841, 12:30ama9enteric fever [5]68Washington, D.C.
April 8, (Re-interred June 1841)William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial, North Bend, Ohio
76Jackson, AndrewAndrew JacksonJun 8, 1845, 6:00pm7tuberculosis78The Hermitage
Nashville, Tennessee
The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee
87Adams, John QJohn Quincy AdamsFeb 23, 1848, 7:20pm6stroke [6]80Washington, D.C.
United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
913Polk, JamesJames Knox PolkJun 15, 1849, 3:15pm11cholera [7]53Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville, Tennessee
1010Taylor, ZacharyZachary TaylorJul 9, 1850, 10:35pma12gastroenteritis [8]65Washington, D.C.
July 13, 1850 (Re-interred October 1850; Exhumed and re-interred in 1991)Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
1111Tyler, JohnJohn TylerJan 18, 1862, 12:15am10stroke [9]71Richmond, Virginia
Jan. 20, 1862Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
129Van Buren, MartinMartin Van BurenJul 24, 1862, 2:00am8asthma79Kinderhook, New York
July 27, 1862Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York
1317Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham LincolnApr 15, 1865, 7:22amb16assassinated by gunshot to the back of the head
(see Assassination of Abraham Lincoln)
56Washington, D.C.May 4, 1865Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois
1412Buchanan, JamesJames BuchananJun 1, 1868, 8:30am15respiratory failure, rheumatic gout77Lancaster, Pennsylvania
June 4, 1868Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1515Pierce, FranklinFranklin PierceOct 8, 1869, 4:49am14inflammation of the stomach64Concord, New Hampshire
Oct. 11, 1869Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire
1614Fillmore, MillardMillard FillmoreMar 8, 1874, 11:10pm13stroke [9]74Buffalo, New York
Mar. 12, 1874Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York
1716Johnson, AndrewAndrew JohnsonJul 31, 1875, 2:00am17stroke [9]66Carter's Station, near Elizabethton, Tennessee
Aug. 3, 1875Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, Tennessee.
1821Garfield, JamesJames A. GarfieldSep 19, 1881, 10:35pmb20septic shock following gunshot
(see Assassination of James A. Garfield)
49Elberon, New Jersey
Sept. 26, 1881Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
1918Grant, UlyssesUlysses S. GrantJul 23, 1885, 8:06am18throat cancer [10]63Wilton, New York
Aug. 8, 1885Grant's Tomb, New York, New York
2020Arthur, ChesterChester A. ArthurNov 18, 1886, 5:00am21stroke [9]57New York City
Nov. 22, 1886Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York
2119Hayes, RutherfordRutherford B. HayesJan 17, 1893, 11:00pm19heart disease70Fremont, Ohio
Jan. 20, 1893 (Re-interred Apr. 3, 1915)Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio
2222Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin HarrisonMar 13, 1901, 4:45pm23pneumonia67Indianapolis, Indiana
Mar. 17, 1901Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana
2324McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinleySep 14, 1901, 2:15amb25gangrene within gunshot wounds
(see Assassination of William McKinley)
58Buffalo, New York
McKinley National Memorial, Canton, Ohio
2423Cleveland, GroverGrover ClevelandJun 24, 1908, 8:40pm22
24
coronary sclerosis; paralysis; or intestinal obstruction[11]71Princeton, New Jersey
June 26, 1908Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey
2527Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore RooseveltJan 6, 1919, 4:00am26assumed coronary embolism,
inflammatory rheumatism
60Oyster Bay, New YorkJan. 8, 1919Young's Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, New York
2628Harding, WarrenWarren G. HardingAug 2, 1923, 7:30pma29likely congestive heart failure57San Francisco, California
August 2, 1923Marion Cemetery, Marion, Ohio
2725Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow WilsonFeb 3, 1924, 11:15am28apoplexy, paralysis67Washington, D.C.
Feb. 8, 1924Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
2826Taft, WilliamWilliam Howard TaftMar 8, 1930, 5:15pm27heart disease72Washington, D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
2929Coolidge, CalvinCalvin CoolidgeJan 5, 1933, 12:45pm30heart attack60Northampton, Massachusetts
Notch Cemetery, Plymouth Notch, Vermont
3031Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin D. RooseveltApr 12, 1945, 3:35pma32cerebral hemorrhage or stroke63Warm Springs, GeorgiaApr. 15, 1945Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Hyde Park, New York.
3138Kennedy, JohnJohn F. KennedyNov 22, 1963, 1:00pmb35assassinated by gunshot to head
(see Assassination of John F. Kennedy)
46Dallas, TexasNov. 25, 1963Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
3230Hoover, HerbertHerbert HooverOct 20, 1964, 11:35am31internal hemorrhage, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, strained vascular systems90New York CityOct. 25, 1964Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch, Iowa
3333Eisenhower, DwightDwight D. EisenhowerMar 28, 1969, 12:25pm34coronary thrombosis, heart failure due to numerous heart attacks78Washington, D.C.Apr. 2, 1969Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas
3432Truman, HarryHarry S. TrumanDec 26, 1972, 7:47AM33minor lung congestion; organ failures; cardiovascular system collapse, hypotension88Kansas City, MissouriDec. 28, 1972Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri
3534Johnson, LyndonLyndon B. JohnsonJan 22, 1973, 4:33PM36heart attack64Johnson City, TexasJan 25, 1973Lyndon B. Johnson Nat'l Historical Park
Johnson City, Texas
3636Nixon, RichardRichard M. NixonApr 22, 1994, 9:08PM37stroke, paralysis, swelling of the brain
(see Death and funeral of Richard Nixon)
81New York CityApr 27, 1994Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, California
3735Reagan, RonaldRonald ReaganJun 5, 2004, 1:09PM40Alzheimer's disease, pneumonia
(see Death and state funeral of Ronald Reagan)
93Los Angeles, California
Jun 11, 2004Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
3837Ford, GeraldGerald R. FordDec 26, 2006, 6:45PM38arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis
(see Death and state funeral of Gerald Ford)
93Rancho Mirage, California
Jan 3, 2007Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama are all alive.

Between the deaths of George Washington in 1799 and Gerald Ford in 2006, a president has died in every decade except for the 1800s, 1810s, 1950s and 1980s.

Facts[edit]

Died in office[edit]

  1. William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia and pleurisy from undisclosed illness)
  2. Zachary Taylor (1850, gastroenteritis)
  3. Abraham Lincoln (1865, assassinated)
  4. James Garfield (1881, assassinated)
  5. William McKinley (1901, assassinated)
  6. Warren G. Harding (1923, suspected heart attack)
  7. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage)
  8. John F. Kennedy (1963, assassinated)

Note: Of the presidents listed above, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley are the only ones to have a former president die during their administrations and prior to their subsequent deaths; James Polk died on Zachary Taylor's 103rd day in office, John Tyler and Martin Van Buren died during Abraham Lincoln's administration and Benjamin Harrison died 187 days before the assassination of William McKinley. William Henry Harrison, James Garfield and Warren G. Harding did not have a former president, vice president or First Lady die during their administrations. All these Presidents were survived by at least one predecessor, though William McKinley and Franklin Roosevelt are the only ones with only one living predecessor at the time of their deaths (Grover Cleveland and Herbert Hoover respectively).

Of the four presidents who were assassinated, John F. Kennedy is the only one to die on the same day he was attacked.

Died on the same day in the same year[edit]

Died same year but not the same month[edit]

Died on the same day not in the same year[edit]

Died on the same month[edit]

Died earliest and latest in the calendar year[edit]

George Washington, the first President to die (December 14, 1799)
Gerald Ford, the President who died latest in a calendar year (December 26, 2006, at 6:45 PM)

Died one year, buried the next[edit]

Most and fewest deaths by month[edit]

Most former presidents to die during a single presidential administration[edit]

Presidential couples who died during a single administration or term[edit]

Vice Presidents and first ladies who died during these presidential administrations[edit]

Survived by a parent[edit]

  1. James K. Polk was survived by his mother Jane Polk.[2] Of the four Presidents to be survived by a parent, Polk is the only one who was out of office at the time of his death.
  2. James A. Garfield was survived by his mother Eliza Ballou Garfield.
  3. Warren G. Harding was survived by his father Dr. George Tryon Harding.
  4. John F. Kennedy is the only president to have both of his parents, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy, survive him as well as the only president to have predeceased a grandparent. His grandmother, Mary Josephine Hannon Fitzgerald, died in 1964 at the age of 98.

Widowed[edit]

Letitia Christian Tyler, Abigail Fillmore, Caroline Harrison and Ellen Wilson died before husbands John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Benjamin Harrison and Woodrow Wilson, Tyler, Harrison and Wilson dying during their husbands' presidencies, and Fillmore died less than a month after her husband left office. However these Presidents remarried to Julia Tyler, Caroline C. Fillmore, Mary Dimmick Harrison and Edith Galt Wilson

The Curse of Tippecanoe[edit]

Main article: Curse of Tippecanoe

The Curse of Tippecanoe is attributed to Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet, the brother of the famous Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. The Prophet is said to have cursed William Henry Harrison while on his deathbed. He cursed not only Harrison, but the office of the President. The Prophet said Harrison would be elected President, but would die soon after taking office, and every twenty years after Harrison a President will die in office. From 1841 to 1963, all U.S. Presidents who had been elected in a year ending in 0 died in office. These seven Presidents were:



Longevity[edit]

State funerals[edit]

  1. Abraham LincolnFuneral and burial of Abraham Lincoln
  2. James A. Garfield
  3. William McKinley
  4. Warren G. Harding
  5. William Howard Taft
  6. John F. KennedyState funeral of John F. Kennedy
  7. Herbert Hoover
  8. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  9. Lyndon B. Johnson
  10. Ronald ReaganDeath and state funeral of Ronald Reagan
  11. Gerald FordDeath and state funeral of Gerald Ford

Burial sites[edit]

Presidential re-interments[edit]

John Quincy Adams, William H. Harrison, and Zachary Taylor were each temporarily interred in the same vault at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. [1]

Died at the same age[edit]

None of these Presidents survived their last birthday in their life for the same number of days.

Died before a predecessor/s[edit]

Former Presidents who died during their immediate successor's administration or term[edit]

Among these Presidents, all except James Polk were older than their direct successors. James K. Polk was 11 years younger than Zachary Taylor. Polk was also the only one among this list whose direct successor died in office and he still remains one of the two from Presidents who died during older successors' administration, the other being Theodore Roosevelt, who died during the second term of Woodrow Wilson, who was 2 years older. Also, Andrew Johnson was the only President whose wife also died during his direct successor's term. His wife Eliza McCardle Johnson, died on January 16, 1876, six months after her husband's death and one year before the end of Ulysses S. Grant's administration. Chester A. Arthur was the only one who died during the administration of Grover Cleveland, who was both his direct and indirect successor, as Cleveland was the only President who served two non-consecutive terms. George Washington was the only one whose direct successor was also his Vice President (John Adams served under him for 8 years).

Survived vice-president[edit]

List of Presidents who died during a later administration[edit]

George Washington died on December 14, 1799, at the age of 67
John Adams (aged 90) and Thomas Jefferson(aged 83) died on July 4, 1826
James Monroe died on July 4, 1831 at the age of 73
James Madison died on June 28, 1836 at the age of 85
Andrew Jackson died on June 8, 1845 at the age of 78
John Quincy Adams died on February 23, 1848 at the age of 80
James K. Polk died on June 15, 1849 at the age of 53
John Tyler died on January 18, 1862 at the age of 71
Martin Van Buren died on July 24, 1862 at the age of 79
James Buchanan died on June 1, 1868 at the age of 77
Franklin Pierce died on October 8, 1869 at the age of 64
Millard Fillmore died on March 8, 1874 at the age of 74
Andrew Johnson died on July 31, 1875 at the age of 66
Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885 at the age of 63
Chester Arthur Died on November 18, 1886 at the age of 57

No President died during his second term

Rutherford B. Hayes died on January 17, 1893 at the age of 70
Benjamin Harrison died on March 13, 1901 at the age of 75
Grover Cleveland died on June 24, 1908 at the age of 71
Theodore Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919 at the age of 60
Woodrow Wilson died on February 3, 1924 at the age of 67
Calvin Coolidge died on January 5, 1933 at the age of 60
William Howard Taft died on March 8, 1930 at the age of 72
Herbert Hoover died on October 20, 1964 at the age of 90
Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969 at the age of 78
Harry Truman died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88
Lyndon B. Johnson died on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64
Richard Nixon died on April 22, 1994 at the age of 81
Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004 at the age of 93
Gerald Ford died on December 26, 2006 at the age of 93

Notes and references[edit]

Some times of death are approximate, and all are given in local times.

  1. ^ Wallenborn, White McKenzie, M.D. (November 5, 1997). "George Washington's Terminal Illness: A Modern Medical Analysis of the Last Illness and Death of George Washington". The Papers of George Washington. University of Virginia. 
  2. ^ a b c The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents.
  3. ^ "Jefferson's Cause of Death". Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ Originally interred at the Gouverneur family vault, New York City on July 7, 1831. Monroe was reinterred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA, July 5, 1858.
  5. ^ Jane McHugh, Philip A. Mackowiak (March 31, 2014). "What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Widmer, Edward L. (2008). Ark of the liberties: America and the world. New York: Hill and Wang. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-8090-2735-4. OCLC 191882004. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ Dusinberre, William (2003). Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk. ISBN 0-19-515735-4. 
  8. ^ "President Zachary Taylor and the Laboratory: Presidential Visit from the Grave". Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 
  9. ^ a b c d Jeffrey M. Jones MD; Joni L. Jones PhD, RN. "Presidential Stroke: United States Presidents and Cerebrovascular Disease (John Tyler)". Journal CMEs. CNS Spectrums (The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine). Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Former President Ulysses S. Grant dies". History. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cause is disputed.
  12. ^ Ford is the only president whose immediate burial following death is in a different year. Other presidents have been reinterred years after death, such as Monroe (see Note 3, above), Garfield, Hayes, and McKinley.
  13. ^ Chilcote (2006-01-11). "Bush grenade attacker gets life". CNN. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 

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