Abraham Lincoln, JFK, and Richard Nixon were all middle children - take a look at which US presidents were oldest, youngest, and everywhere in between
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- The majority of US presidents were middle children.
- Firstborn kids made up the second largest group among the 44 commanders-in-chief.
- There's hasn't yet been a president who was an only child.
- Take a look at the birth order of all of the US presidents throughout history.
Throughout history, the majority of out commanders-in-chief have been middle children. Firstborns make a decent showing as well. As for youngest children, only seven of them have ascended to the highest political office in the country. And no only child has ascended to the White House yet.Advertisement
A lot of US presidents may have suffered from middle child syndrome.
But does birth order really make someone more or less likely to become president?
From the looks of it, not really. Still, bragging rights go to all the middle children out there. Next time your siblings bug you, picture how embarrassed they'll be once you're the leader of the free world.Here's a look at the birth order - and family background - of each of the 44 US presidents:
First borns: 14 American presidents have been firstborn children
One of John Adams's younger brothers died in the American RevolutionAdvertisement
James Madison was a leader among his siblings
James K. Polk was born into a large, nomadic familyAdvertisement
James Buchanan was the oldest child in his family to survive infancy
Ulysses S. Grant was the only one of his brothers to ditch the tanning businessAdvertisement
Warren Harding was the firstborn son of a physician
Calvin Coolidge was devastated by the loss of his younger sisterAdvertisement
Harry Truman had two younger siblings
One of Lyndon B. Johnson's siblings worked on his staffAdvertisement
Gerald Ford had six half siblings — but wasn't aware of half of them until he was a teen
Jimmy Carter's younger brother was no stranger to controversyAdvertisement
Bill Clinton has a younger half-brother who the Secret Service allegedly nicknamed 'Headache'
George W. Bush grew up feeling overshadowed by JebAdvertisement
Barack Obama was a 'laid back' older brother
Middle children: the majority of presidents have been middle childrenAdvertisement
George Washington idolized his older brother
Thomas Jefferson was the third child of 10 siblingsAdvertisement
James Monroe worked to support his siblings after the death of their parents
Both of John Quincy Adams's brothers became alcoholicsAdvertisement
Martin Van Buren was the ultimate middle child
John Tyler had seven brothers and sistersAdvertisement
Zachary Taylor was the third of seven surviving children
Millard Fillmore was the second of nine childrenAdvertisement
Franklin Pierce's older brothers inspired him to join the military
Both of Abraham Lincoln's siblings died youngAdvertisement
Chester Arthur was the oldest son in his family
Benjamin Harrison was a bit overwhelmed by his large group of siblingsAdvertisement
Grover Cleveland was sometimes tasked with babysitting his younger siblings
William McKinley was one of eight siblings, and didn't receive any special treatmentAdvertisement
Theodore Roosevelt was the second of four children
William Howard Taft was exceptionally close with his brothersAdvertisement
Woodrow Wilson was the third of four children
Herbert Hoover had an older brother and a younger sisterAdvertisement
Dwight Eisenhower's brothers were also nicknamed 'Ike'
Several of John F. Kennedy's siblings also met with tragic fatesAdvertisement
Richard Nixon was crushed by the deaths of two of his brothers
George H. W. Bush grew up worshipping his older brother PrescottAdvertisement
Donald Trump had a contentious relationship with his older brother
Only 7 presidents were the babies of their respective familiesAdvertisement
Andrew Jackson had two older brothers who died during the Revolutionary War
William Henry Harrison's older brother served in the US House of RepresentativesAdvertisement
Andrew Johnson once ran away from home with his older brother
Rutherford B. Hayes was the youngest surviving child in his familyAdvertisement
James Garfield was the baby of the family — and his mother's favorite
There was a 28 year age gap between Franklin D. Roosevelt and his older half-brotherAdvertisement
Ronald Reagan was 'competitive but close' with his one older brother
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