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Today is President Donald Trump's 71st birthday.
Inaugurated at age 70, he's one of the oldest presidents in U.S. history, elected to office after several decades spent as a real estate developer and television producer and having amassed a $3.5 billion fortune.
Here's who joins President Trump in the top five oldest presidents ever elected…
The 5 Oldest Presidents Ever Inaugurated
No. 5 – George H.W. Bush
President George H.W. Bush, Sr., was inaugurated as our 41st president when he was 64 years old, making him the fifth-oldest person ever to assume the presidency. What's more, he celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this week (June 12), which gives him the added distinction of oldest living president.
He swept 40 states in his 1988 presidential campaign with his famous oath, "Read my lips: no new taxes." In the Gulf War, he sent U.S. troops to push Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait but didn't pursue him to Baghdad to minimize U.S. casualties and avoid becoming further enmeshed in the Middle East. He lost his reelection race to Bill Clinton in 1992.
No. 4 – James Buchanan
President James Buchanan was 65 years old at the time of his 1857 inauguration, during which he claimed that Congress should leave slavery up to the states and territories. History has since looked less kindly on him than his successor, Abraham Lincoln. After serving his one term as president, he faced extreme public outrage as many blamed him for the Civil War.
Though he is not the only president to be born in a log cabin, he is the only president to be born in Pennsylvania. He never married, though he was ridiculed for his extraordinarily friendly – perhaps even intimate – relationship with U.S. Sen. William R. King.
No. 3 – William Henry Harrison
You may remember President William Henry Harrison – our ninth president – as the man who succumbed to a cold only a month after his inauguration. It's actually a common misconception that the 68-year-old contracted the cold on the first day of his presidency. It's true that the inauguration was held on a cold and wet day, that he didn't wear a hat or an overcoat, and that he gave a two-hour inaugural address – the longest in American history.
But he didn't show any symptoms of illness until three weeks after the fact, and modern medical analysis points to the possibility that President Harrison died of septic shock as a result of typhoid fever. He is the first president to have died while in office.
No. 2 – Ronald Reagan
At 69 years old, President Ronald Reagan became, at the time, the oldest person to be inaugurated as president. In fact, four months into his presidency, he earned the title of oldest person ever to hold the office at all (beating out Eisenhower). Reagan went on to serve two terms, locking in his superlative as oldest president for decades to come.
After beating incumbent President Jimmy Carter (who holds the record for longest life post-presidency) in a landslide victory, he implemented supply-side economic policies that became known as "Reaganomics." He also famously demanded that USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev "tear down this wall." The 40th president died of pneumonia in 2004.
No. 1 – Donald Trump
At 70 years and 220 days, President Donald Trump became the oldest person to be elected president. Not only that, but he also became the second-oldest person (behind Reagan) to be president, period. If he serves two full terms, he will become the oldest president in American history.
His young presidency has thus far been marked by attempts to tighten border control, improve infrastructure, and reform healthcare. The 45th president is known for his ambitious "America First" policy and his status as a relative outsider to the political realm. Lately, the media and public alike have been enthralled with the fallout of his firing FBI Director James Comey. Today, Donald Trump turns 71.
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