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John Adams -

Born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts on his family farm—John Adams was certainly a man of the land. Adams was constantly pressured to live up to his Puritan surroundings and always found himself going above and beyond to succeed. Being the eldest child, Adams was compelled to have a formal education and began his studies at the age of six at a dame school (private elementary school) and was primarily taught by teachers at home. Adams continued his young adult education through private administrations—focusing on Latin, rhetoric, logic, and arithmetic.  When Adams finished his preliminary studies, he attended...

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Born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey—Stephen Grover Cleveland was a Presbyterian descendant of English Ancestors. Cleveland spent most of his childhood in different parts of New York as his father needed to move around for work. Through this he was able to receive quite the prodigious education and went to Fayetteville Academy and the Clinton Liberty Academy. Following his education, he did various clerical and assistant teaching jobs. Later, Cleveland became interested in learning about the law and as years progressed, he decided to take a clerkship at Rogers Law Firm (a firm in New York)—and was...

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Andrew Jackson -

Born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaws region of the Carolina’s to Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson—Andrew Jackson was brought into the world in quite a trying time. Andrew Jackson was able to attend public school, but at the young age of fourteen was sucked into the Revolutionary War, as he (along with his brother), volunteered to fight the British. When the war finally ended Jackson survived the battle, but his brother Hugh did not make it out alive. After powering through battle Andrew and his other brother (Robert) contracted smallpox—unfortunately, Jackson’s brother passed away, but Andrew powered through and...

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Thomas Jefferson -

Born on April 13, 1743 in the Colony of Virginia to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph—Thomas Jefferson was the third of ten other children. Jefferson’s father was unable to have a formal education, so it was important to his parents that Jefferson had the opportunity to have one for himself. As a result, at the young age of five, Jefferson entered English School—Within his studies it was evident Jefferson was excelling and at the age of nine he began attending a school run by Scottish Presbyterian Ministers. Along with his general studies, Jefferson fell in love with linguistics and nature....

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Richard Nixon -

Born in Yorba Linda California on January 9, 1913 in an extremely religious upbringing as part of the evangelical Quaker observances—Nixon grew up in a rather poor upbringing and in his early years had moved around a lot for his family to make a living and put food on their table. Nixon attended public school throughout his youth and was even his eight-grade class president. Throughout high school Nixon had quite an impressive academic performance and was athletic as he played football throughout his entire high school career. Along with his stellar academics and extracurriculars he had to help run...

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