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The Fall and Rise of Southern Presidents: How the Civil War Broke The South

By: inoljt,

Out of all the regions in the United States, the South probably has the most unique and interesting history. Looking at the geographic origins of each president provides a fascinating proxy of Southern influence in America. To do this, I have compiled a table which lists whether each president had Southern origins or not.

Here are the early years of America:

President From the Former Confederacy?
George Washington Yes
John Adams No
Thomas Jefferson Yes
James Madison Yes
James Monroe Yes
John Quincy Adams No
Andrew Jackson Yes
Martin Van Buren No
William Henry Harrison Yes
John Tyler Yes
James K. Polk Yes
Zachary Taylor Yes
Millard Fillmore No
Franklin Pierce No
James Buchanan No

In this table, Southern is defined as simply the former states of the Confederacy. Presidents with two terms get two entries; those with one term get merely one. It is generally pretty clear whether or not a president had Southern origins; the only two difficult cases are that of President Harry Truman (raised in Missouri) and President George W. Bush (who was born in Connecticut but spent most of his life in Texas).

As the table indicates, Southern presidents dominate the early life of the republic.

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