Mar 14, 2024 - History

Biden, Trump both older than past Ohio presidents

Data: The Miller Center at University of Virginia; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios
Data: The Miller Center at University of Virginia; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

The 2024 presidential rematch is a race between two of the oldest contenders in American history, Axios' Sareen Habeshian writes.

State of play: Both 81-year-old President Biden and 77-year-old former President Trump are older than any past president hailing from the Buckeye State.

Flashback: The average Ohioan president was 53½ years old when taking his last oath of office.

  • William McKinley was the oldest at 58 during his second inauguration in 1901.
  • Other presidents and their inauguration ages: Benjamin Harrison (55 years), Warren G. Harding (55), Rutherford B. Hayes (54), William Howard Taft (51), Ulysses S. Grant (50) and James A. Garfield (49).

Fun fact: William Henry Harrison was not born here, but was an Ohio resident when elected.

The intrigue: Upper Arlington's Vivek Ramaswamy, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination, would have been just 39 on inauguration day next January.

  • Fellow Ohioan Tim Ryan, who ran for president last cycle, would have been 47 on inauguration day in 2021.
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