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Three Presidents

March 18, 2013

Three Presidents dropped their first names by the time they took office. 

They are Stephen Grover Cleveland, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, and John Calvin Coolidge.

Three Presidents were Secretary of State in the final term of their immediate predecessor.

They were James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams.

Three other Secretaries of State later became President, but not at the next election.

Thomas Jefferson served during Washington’s first term.  Washington’s second term was followed by the term of John Adams, and then Jefferson became President.

Martin Van Buren was Secretary of State during the first part of Jackson’s first term.

He became Vice President during the second term, after which he was elected to succeed Jackson.

James Buchanan was Secretary of State during the Polk administration.

Eight years later he became President.

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