What Every President Did After Leaving the White House

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Richard M. Nixon
> Presidential term: 1969-1974
> Occupation after leaving office: Public speaker, writer

After resigning from office, Richard M. Nixon moved to San Clemente, California. He first wrote a memoir and gave paid public speeches as a way to pay off his considerable debt, which had accumulated to pay for legal expenses in the Watergate scandal. After that, he worked on restoring his reputation by giving speeches around the world and writing books.

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Gerald R. Ford
> Presidential term: 1974-1977
> Occupation after leaving office: Public speaker

Gerald R. Ford occupied himself in retirement by giving speeches and serving on the board or several large corporations. He also spent much of his time golfing and skiing.

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James Carter
> Presidential term: 1977-1981
> Occupation after leaving office: Writer, activist

At 96, Jimmy Carter is the oldest living president. He is also currently living the longest post-presidency life — 39 years and counting. After leaving the White House, Carter established a nonprofit organization, wrote books, and continued diplomatic activities around the world. He serves as University Distinguished Professor at Emory.

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Ronald Reagan
> Presidential term: 1981-1989
> Occupation after leaving office: Out of public view

Ronald Reagan moved to Los Angeles after leaving the White House. There he worked on the Reagan presidential library, which opened in Simi Valley in 1991. Three years later, he announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and remained largely out of public view until his deaths in 2004.

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George H. W. Bush
> Presidential term: 1989-1993
> Occupation after leaving office: Member of several boards

George H. W. Bush returned to his home in Houston, Texas, after leaving the presidency. He remained active by serving on various boards of companies and a local hospital as well as volunteering at a local church. He also worked on his presidential library, which opened at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.