Before he was President: Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
Born into an extremely wealthy family, Franklin Roosevelt's childhood and early adult years were focused on higher education. His wife Eleanor is probably as much responsible for Franklin's professional success as he is. Neither were strangers to vast amounts of money, though. Both were distant family relatives of Theodore Roosevelt, who left a fortune to the members of his family.

Once, while Franklin and Eleanor were on a second honeymoon trip in Europe, a French fortune teller told them that Eleanor would inherit a fortune and that Franklin would become the President of the United States. As a side note, Franklin Roosevelt himself documented the incredible amount of money he and Eleanor spent on their European trip.

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 Haberdasher (seller of clothing and tailoring), farmer
In 1921 Truman’s salary was probably close to nothing. He was living in debt and trying to keep his failing business open.

One point many historians made about this time was that Truman and his partner agreed to continue paying on the debt they incurred even though they were forced out of business.

Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
Unable to continue playing football due to a knee injury in college Dwight Eisenhower served as both a coach and a cheerleader for the school's team. Eisenhower's family could not afford to send him to college. Even though he never planned on being a career soldier, he applied to West Point because he was told military colleges were free.

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