You’ve probably been wondering how many of the presidents have been left-handed. Or– if you are a more interesting* you have probably been wondering about the astrological signs of national leaders. Before I began the data collection and analysis, I gathered some preliminary hypotheses from co-workers. Most people with opinions on the matter** were pretty sure that a the highest percentage of presidents were probably fire signs. Charismatic, intelligent, and manipulative, these people managed to convince nearly everyone else in the store that this “made sense.” But, no one ventured a different guess.

Key

Fire, Water, Earth, Air

&: indicates this person was never elected president

&+: indicates this person initially became president through promotion but then was elected for another term


U.S. Presidents in chronological order:

George Washington (Feb 22, 1732): Pisces

John Adams (Oct 30, 1735): Scorpio

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743): Aries

James Madison (March 16, 1751): Pisces

James Monroe (April 28, 1758): Taurus

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767): Cancer

Andrew Jackson (Mar 15, 1767): Pisces

Martin VanBuren (Dec 5, 1782): Sagittarius

William Henry Harrison (Feb 9, 1773): Aquarius

John Tyler (March 28, 1790): Aries &

James Polk (Nov 2, 1795): Scorpio

Zachary Taylor (Nov 24, 1784): Sagittarius

Millard Fillmore (Jan 7, 1800): Capricorn &

Franklin Pierce (Nov 23, 1804): Sagittarius

James Buchanan (April 23, 1791): Taurus

Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12, 1809): Pisces

Andrew Johnson (Dec 29, 1808): Capricorn &

Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822): Taurus

Rutherford B. Hayes (Oct 4, 1822): Libra

James Garfield (Nov 19, 1831): Scorpio

Chester A. Arthur (Oct 5, 1829): Libra &

Benjamin Harrison (Aug 20, 1833): Leo

Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837): Pisces

William McKinley (Jan 29, 1843): Aquarius

Theodore Roosevelt (Oct 27, 1858): Scorpio &+

William Taft (Sept 15, 1857): Virgo

Woodrow Wilson (Dec 28, 1856): Capricorn

Warren G. Harding (Nov 2, 1865): Scorpio

Calvin Coolidge (July 4, 1872): Cancer &+

Herbert Hoover (Aug 10, 1874): Leo

FDR (Jan 30, 1882): Aquarius

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884): Taurus &+

Dwight D. Eisenhower (Oct 14, 1896): Libra

JFK (May 29, 1917): Gemini

Lyndon B. Johnson (Aug 27, 1908): Virgo &+

Richard Nixon (Jan 9, 1913): Capricorn

Gerald Ford (July 14, 1913): Cancer &

Jimmy Carter (Oct 1, 1924): Libra

Ronald Reagan (Feb 6, 1911): Aquarius

George G. W. Bush (June 12, 1924): Gemini

William Clinton (Aug 19, 1946): Leo

George W. Bush (July 6, 1946): Cancer

Barack Obama (Aug 4, 1961): Leo

Some information in lists:

Fire signs (9 )

Aries (2): Tyler, Jefferson

Leo (4): Hoover, Clinton, Obama, Harrison

Sagittarius (3): vanBuren, Taylor, Pierce

Earth (8 )

Taurus (4): Grant, Buchanan, Truman, Monroe

Virgo (2): LBJ, Taft

Capricorn (4): Nixon, Fillmore, Johnson, Wilson

Water (15)

Scorpio (6, highest occurrence): John Adams, Garfield, Polk, Cleveland, T.Roosevelt, Harding

Cancer (4): JQ Adams, Coolidge, Ford,  W. Bush

Pisces (5): Cleveland, Washington, Madison, Jackson, Lincoln

Air (9)

Gemini (2): George Bush, JFK

Libra (3): Hayes, Arthur, Carter

Aquarius (4): Harrison, McKinley, FDR, Reagan

Top two signs represented: Scorpio (6), Pisces (5)

Signs least represented : Aries (2 presidents , only 1 elected), Gemini (2), Virgo (2)

Element most represented: Water (15)

Element least represented:  Earth (8)

I have been  promised some cool graphs. So stay tuned….





*right and normatively-handed person.

** fire signs

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