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Twenty Noteworthy Veterans

November 11, 2015

Washington, Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Taylor, Pierce, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, and Benjamin Harrison were generals who faced life-threatening situations in actual combat. They were the 1st, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 23rd Presidents.

During the Civil War, Andrew Johnson was military governor of Tennessee with the rank of brigadier general. He later became the 17th President.

Chester Arthur served as quartermaster general during the Civil War. He was the 21st President.

Lieutenant Colonel James Monroe served with distinction during the American Revolution. He became the 5th President.

Colonel Roosevelt led his men up Kettle Hill during the Spanish-American War. He succeeded President McKinley, who had risen from private to brevet major during the Civil War.

Of the first 25 men who became President, we have already mentioned 14 officers. Most of the remainder also had military service of one sort or another. They were Colonel Madison, Captain Tyler, Colonel Polk, Major Fillmore, Private Buchanan, and Captain Lincoln. Some were better soldiers than Presidents. Some were about equal in either capacity. One, who saw no action during his own military service, became the Commander-in-Chief who preserved the nation through four years of Civil War.

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