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The Story of the Presidency in 7 Charts

Published: April 26, 2017

Which president issued the most executive orders? Who was the oldest at the beginning of his term? Which ones had mustaches? We tell the story of American presidents in these eight charts. Click on each one to see more detail.

 Click on each chart to enlarge it. Charts created by Brian Sanchez.

Chart demonstrating President Net Worth, in millions

Click to enlarge. Data source: Wikipedia

 

 

Chart demonstrating the number of executive orders Presidents signed while in office

Click to enlarge. Data source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

Chart showing the highest and lowest approval ratings for each President.

Click to enlarge. Chart reflects data as of 4/19/17. Gallup started polling approval trends in 1945. Data source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116677/presidential-approval-ratings-gallup-historical-statistics-trends.aspx, http://www.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx 

 

 

 

 

Chart showing the misery index average during presidents' terms in office

Click to enlarge. Data source: http://www.miseryindex.us/indexbyPresident.aspx (chart reflects data as of 4/20/17)

 

 

Chart showing how much each president added to the national debt

Click to enlarge. Data source: https://www.thebalance.com/us-debt-by-president-by-dollar-and-percent-3306296 (expressed as nominal dollars, not adjusted for inflation)

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