Presidents of the United States

Presidents of the United States who attended Princeton are:

James Madison A.B. 1771 (Va.) 1809-1817
Woodrow Wilson A.B. 1879 (N.J.) 1913-1921

John F. Kennedy also attended Princeton as a member of the Class of 1939 but withdrew after several months because of illness and later graduated from Harvard in the Class of 1940.

Two Princeton graduates have been unsuccessful candidates for the Presidency: Norman M. Thomas '05, the Socialist party's candidate in six successive campaigns 1928 through 1948; and Adlai E. Stevenson '22, the Democratic party's candidate against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.


From Alexander Leitch, A Princeton Companion, copyright Princeton University Press (1978).

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