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    Veterans – The following information does not provide a conclusion.

    In the House of Representatives there are 243 Republicans (including 1Delegate and
    the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico).
    79 are veterans (32.5%).

    In the House of Representatives there are 198 Democrats (including 4 Delegates).
    27 are veterans (13.6%).

    24% of the House of Representatives are veterans.

    Jump back to 1971, when House of Representatives member military service was at its peak, veterans made up 72 percent of members in the House and 78 percent in the Senate.

    The 31 Presidents who were Veterans

    Highest rank held by Presidents in uniformed service.
    George Washington
    General and Commander in Chief, Continental Army
    1775-1783
    Thomas Jefferson
    Colonel, Virginia Militia
    1770-1779
    James Madison
    Colonel, Virginia Militia
    1775-1781
    James Monroe
    Major, Continental Army
    1775-1778
    Andrew Jackson
    Major General, U.S. Army
    1814-1821
    William Henry Harrison
    Major General, Kentucky Militia
    1812-1814
    John Tyler
    Captain, Virginia Militia
    1812
    James K. Polk
    Colonel, Tennessee Militia
    1821
    Zachary Taylor
    Major General, U.S. Army
    1805-1815, 1816-1849
    Millard Fillmore
    Major, Union Continentals (home guard)
    1861
    Franklin Pierce
    Brigadier General, New Hampshire Militia
    1846-1848
    James Buchanan
    Private, Pennsylvania Militia
    1814
    Abraham Lincoln
    Captain, Illinois Militia
    1832
    Andrew Johnson
    Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1862-1865
    Ulysses S. Grant
    General, U.S. Army
    1866-1869
    Rutherford B. Hayes
    Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1865
    James A. Garfield
    Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1863
    Chester A. Arthur
    Brigadier General, New York Militia
    1858-1863
    Benjamin Harrison
    Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1862-1865
    William McKinley
    Brevet Major, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1865
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Colonel, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1898
    Harry S. Truman
    Colonel, Army Officer Reserve Corps
    1919-1945
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    General of the Army, U.S. Army
    1915-1948, 1951-1952
    John F. Kennedy
    Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1941-1945
    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1940-1964
    Richard M. Nixon
    Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1942-1966
    Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
    Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1942-1946
    Jimmy Carter
    Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
    1946-1953
    Ronald Reagan
    Captain, U.S. Army
    1942-1945
    George Bush
    Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy
    1942-1945
    George W. Bush
    First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard
    1968-1973

    The 13 Presidents who were not veterans

    The 4 Presidents who were not veterans from 1789 to 1900

    John Adams
    John Q Adams
    Martin Van Buren
    Grover Cleveland

    The 9 Presidents who were not veterans since 1900

    William Taft
    Woodrow Wilson
    William Harding
    Calvin Coolidge
    Herbert Hoover
    Franklin Roosevelt
    Bill Clinton
    Barack Obama
    Donald Trump
    Last edited by glen smith; October 5th, 2017, 12:07 AM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by glen smith View Post
    Veterans – The following information does not provide a conclusion.

    In the House of Representatives there are 243 Republicans (including 1Delegate and
    the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico).
    79 are veterans (32.5%).

    In the House of Representatives there are 198 Democrats (including 4 Delegates).
    27 are veterans (13.6%).

    24% of the House of Representatives are veterans.

    Jump back to 1971, when House of Representatives member military service was at its peak, veterans made up 72 percent of members in the House and 78 percent in the Senate.

    The 31 Presidents who were Veterans

    Highest rank held by Presidents in uniformed service.
    George Washington
    General and Commander in Chief, Continental Army
    1775-1783
    Thomas Jefferson
    Colonel, Virginia Militia
    1770-1779
    James Madison
    Colonel, Virginia Militia
    1775-1781
    James Monroe
    Major, Continental Army
    1775-1778
    Andrew Jackson
    Major General, U.S. Army
    1814-1821
    William Henry Harrison
    Major General, Kentucky Militia
    1812-1814
    John Tyler
    Captain, Virginia Militia
    1812
    James K. Polk
    Colonel, Tennessee Militia
    1821
    Zachary Taylor
    Major General, U.S. Army
    1805-1815, 1816-1849
    Millard Fillmore
    Major, Union Continentals (home guard)
    1861
    Franklin Pierce
    Brigadier General, New Hampshire Militia
    1846-1848
    James Buchanan
    Private, Pennsylvania Militia
    1814
    Abraham Lincoln
    Captain, Illinois Militia
    1832
    Andrew Johnson
    Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1862-1865
    Ulysses S. Grant
    General, U.S. Army
    1866-1869
    Rutherford B. Hayes
    Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1865
    James A. Garfield
    Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1863
    Chester A. Arthur
    Brigadier General, New York Militia
    1858-1863
    Benjamin Harrison
    Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1862-1865
    William McKinley
    Brevet Major, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1861-1865
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Colonel, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
    1898
    Harry S. Truman
    Colonel, Army Officer Reserve Corps
    1919-1945
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    General of the Army, U.S. Army
    1915-1948, 1951-1952
    John F. Kennedy
    Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1941-1945
    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1940-1964
    Richard M. Nixon
    Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1942-1966
    Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
    Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
    1942-1946
    Jimmy Carter
    Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
    1946-1953
    Ronald Reagan
    Captain, U.S. Army
    1942-1945
    George Bush
    Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy
    1942-1945
    George W. Bush
    First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard
    1968-1973

    The 13 Presidents who were not veterans

    The 4 Presidents who were not veterans from 1789 to 1900

    John Adams
    John Q Adams
    Martin Van Buren
    Grover Cleveland

    The 9 Presidents who were not veterans since 1900

    William Taft
    Woodrow Wilson
    William Harding
    Calvin Coolidge
    Herbert Hoover
    Franklin Roosevelt
    Bill Clinton
    Barack Obama
    Donald Trump
    Very interesting Glen. Every nation has mortal enemies. When military service is looked down upon that nation is headed for disaster.

    The Roman Republic rose to power with everyone required to take part in the military. This tends to eliminate unnecessary wars that are fought for ambitious reasons when everyone has to fight in them.

    When Rome started to allow the rich to hire someone to take their place it was the start of their downfall. These rich and powerful could stay home and vote to send the army out for their profit. It became far worse when most Roman citizens did not want to be part of the military and instead stay home and eat the free bread and see the free entertainment. Rome had to hire people of foreign nations to fight for them. These foreigners eventually attacked Rome and it fell.

    Also I notice some of our worse presidents are on that list of 9 non veterans:

    Woodrow Wilson - allowed the Federal Reserve to take over our money - was a large influence in the treaty that ended WW1 that was the cause of WW2 - started the League of Nations which was the start of the United nations.

    FDR - the most progressive ( read communist) POTUS of that time. Left us very unprepared for WW2. His wife was just as bad as he was.

    Clinton and Obama - they get even worse

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    • #3

      While neither John Adams nor John Q. Adams served in uniform it is unrealistic to not recognize they served their country at the risk of death. John Adams assisted in drafting and signed the Declaration of Independence. He was a wanted traitor of England, He served as a diplomat to several countries including Russia. His son, John Q Adams was 9 years old in 1776. He accompanied his father on diplomatic missions and served in both the Washington and Monroe administrations and as the most influential diplomat after Franklin. Just as with his father, his life was often sought by England. It should never be thought that either of these presidents did not seriously risk their lives in service to the nation. John Q Adams, like his father and mother, was a genius. He was fluent in several languages and translated the Greek New testament into English. John Adams and John Q. Adams served as much as any officer in uniform. They are American heroes.

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      • #4
        John Adams (1797-1801) and John Q Adams (1825-1829) were the first 1 term presidents. The single terms were the result of politics.

        After Andrew Jackson served 8 years as president from 1829-1837 there was not another president who served more than 4 years until Grant in 1869-1877. In the intervening 32 years there were 10 presidents. It should be encouraging that the USA survived Andrew Jackson’s presidency.

        After Grant served 8 years as president from 1869-1877 there was not another president who served more than 4 years until Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 to 1909. In the intervening 24 years there were 7 presidents – Cleveland was elected to 2 terms but not consecutive.

        After Theodore Roosevelt from 1901-1909 there were 15 presidents before Bill Clinton from 1993-2001. 10 of these 15 severed less than 8 years if Truman is considered as 2 terms.

        29 presidents out of the 44 presidents previous to Trump have not served 8 years.
        Only 15 presidents have served 2 full terms and 9 of those have been since 1901 if Truman is considered as 2 terms.
        Last edited by glen smith; October 10th, 2017, 12:36 AM.

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