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Here’s A List Of Every U.S. President Who Was In A Fraternity

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Around 40% of U.S. presidents were brothers of college fraternities in some way. Post-graduate memberships and honorary memberships, however, serve to slightly bolster this field (and give some jealous hater fraternities who couldn’t foster their own president the ability to “claim” a president as theirs who, in reality, had little to nothing to do with the fraternity).

We’re here to present you with a definitive list of presidents who were actually in fraternities while in college; not just on paper now. Therefore, I will be recognizing neither honorary memberships nor post-graduate memberships on this list (though I will be recognizing dual fraternity memberships, a once common practice that no longer exists).

1. George Washington – N/A
2. John Adams – N/A
3. Thomas Jefferson – N/A
4. James Madison – N/A
5. James Monroe – N/A
6. John Quincy Adams – N/A
7. Andrew Jackson – N/A
8. Martin Van Buren – N/A
9. William Henry Harrison – N/A
10. John Tyler – N/A
11. James K. Polk – N/A
12. Zachary Taylor – N/A
13. Millard Fillmore – N/A
14. Franklin Pierce – N/A
15. James Buchanan – N/A
16. Abraham Lincoln – N/A
17. Andrew Johnson – N/A
18. Ulysses S. Grant – N/A
19. Rutherford B. Hayes – N/A
20. James Garfield – Delta Upsilon (Williams College)
21. Chester A. Arthur – Psi Upsilon (Union College)
22. Grover Cleveland – N/A
23. Benjamin Harrison – Phi Delta Theta (Miami (OH)), Delta Chi (Miami (OH))
24. Grover Cleveland – N/A
25. William McKinley – Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Mount Union College)
26. Teddy Roosevelt – Delta Kappa Epsilon (Harvard), Alpha Delta Phi (Harvard)
27. William Howard Taft – Psi Upsilon (Yale)
28. Woodrow Wilson – Phi Kappa Psi (Princeton)
29. Warren Harding – N/A
30. Calvin Coolidge – Phi Gamma Delta (Amherst College)
31. Herbert Hoover – N/A
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt – Delta Kappa Epsilon (Harvard)*, Alpha Delta Phi (Harvard)
33. Harry S. Truman – N/A
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower – N/A
35. John F. Kennedy – N/A
36. Lyndon B. Johnson – N/A
37. Richard Nixon – N/A
38. Gerald Ford – Delta Kappa Epsilon (Michigan)
39. Jimmy Carter – N/A
40. Ronald Reagan – Tau Kappa Epsilon (Eureka College)
41. George H.W. Bush – Delta Kappa Epsilon (Yale)
42. Bill Clinton – N/A
43. George W. Bush – Delta Kappa Epsilon (Yale)
44. Barack Obama – N/A
45. Donald Trump – N/A

*FDR was a Harvard DKE despite DKE nationals de-recognizing the chapter due to a dispute over dual membership privileges for brothers

Did we miss one? If so, let me know at jared@totalfratmove.com

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Jared Borislow

Jared Borislow (né The DeVry Guy) is a writer and content manager for Grandex Inc and a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He has been called the "Patron Saint of Butt Stuff" despite never having engaged in sexual activity of any nature until he turned 21, which he is still convinced is the minimum age at which you can legally have sex.

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