7 PRESIDENTS WHO FARMED
Farming has always been a quintessential part of the American experience, from Abraham Lincoln splitting rails for fence building to Bill Clinton picking beans. See the full story here: http://bit.ly/1Omz1bm
- •Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln was born into farming. Lincoln used his "farmboy" upbringing during his 1860 presidential campaign to show his humble roots. His family moved around as farmers, eventually settling on a 160-acre farm in Indiana. Lincoln's birthplace farm, in the knob Creek Kentucky, has been preserved as a National Parks Service historic site and can still be visited today.
- •Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, probably more than any other president, was larger than life. It made sense, then, that he would try his hand at something as American as wrenching. Originally going to the Dakota Territory to hunt buffalo, he fell in love with the Badlands. He invested $14,000 in a herd of cattle and had the Maltese Cross cabin built. In 1884 he expanded his ranching operation, investing $26,000 in a new herd and building the Elkhorn ranch.
- •Harry S TrumanHarry S Truman wished to be remembered as the "People's President." Part of this came from his grounded upbringing on his father's 600-acre farm in Missouri, now a National Park's Service historical site. Starting in 1906, Harry worked on the farm for 11 years, taking on the full responsibility of the farm after his father died in 1914. His mother would later say, "It was on the farm that Harry got all his common sense."
- •Lyndon B JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson, often clad in cowboy boots or wearing a Stetson hat, embodied the persona of a hard rough-and tumble-cowboy. Johnson was born on his ranch, which is aunt would eventually give to him in 1951. He then acquired an additional 2,450 acres (from the original 250) and raised 400 head of Hereford cattle. He would eventually be buried on his ranch, after his death in 1973.
- •Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter is probably the most famous farming president. Carter grew up on his parents' peanut farm in Plains, Georgia. He even was part of Future Farmers of America while in high school. After his father's death in 1953, Carter took over the daily operations of the farm. During the 1954 drought, the farm made a total of $187. He soon was able to turn the farm around, and by his 1970 gubernatorial campaign Carter was known as a wealthy peanut farmer.
- •Bill ClintonBill Clinton is no stranger to farming, talking to us last year about food security and his childhood experience on Arkansas farms. His fondest memories come from time spent on his great Uncle Buddy and his wife Ollie's farm: "As a young boy, I picked beans, corn, and tomatoes, poured tubs of water into sandy soil to grow large watermelons, fed animals, and badly lost a headbutting contest to a ram."
- •George W BushLike Lyndon B. Johnson, Bush has always had a preoccupation with ranching. In 1999 he bought Prairie Chapel Ranch, in McLean County Texas, for an estimated $1.3 million. During his presidency the ranch was often referred to as the "Western White House." Bush still owns the ranch, taking his vacations and holidays there.