If Hillary wins two terms, the Harvard-Yale string in the presidency will reach 36 years

Conventional political wisdom currently holds that Hillary Clinton is the leading potential candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2016.

And if you consider that  four of the last five presidents have served two terms each, Hillary might well be ensconced in the White House until January of 2025. That would make it 36 straight years that we’ve had presidents who attended Yale or Harvard universities — or both.

Barack Obama is a Harvard graduate, as is the Republican who challenged him last year, Mitt Romney.

Obama’s immediate predecessor, George W. Bush, who went to both Yale and Harvard, defeated Harvard grad Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election and  Yale grad John Kerry in the 2004 election.

Bush’s immediate predecessor, Yale man Bill Clinton, won the presidency in 1992 from Yale man George H.W. Bush. The senior Bush defeated a Harvard man Michael Dukakis in the presidential election of 1988.

The other Harvard and Yale men who served as U.S. presidents are Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, John Quincy Adams and John Adams.

Oh, and all nine current members of the U.S. Supreme Court attended either Yale or Harvard.


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