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Childhood Homes of 10 U.S. Presidents

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Feb 15, 2015

From modest cabins and suburban homes to lavish mansions, our nation’s leaders come from a vast array of backgrounds.

In honor of President’s Day, we’re sharing the stories behind the childhood homes of ten U.S. Presidents.

Childhood Home #1. John F. Kennedy

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[Image by C.W. Stroughton via the National Park Service]

Famous for ushering in America’s Golden Age, it may come as a surprise that one of our most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy spent the first four years of his life in this nondescript home in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.

It was here that the Kennedys instilled the high standards and determination that eventually led them to become one of our nation’s most well-known and admired families.

Childhood Home #2. Woodrow Wilson

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[Image via www.wilsonboyhoodhome.org]

Woodrow “Tommy” Wilson spent most of his childhood years in this Presbyterian Manse in Augusta, Georgia. Growing up, Wilson experienced the hardships of the Civil War and Reconstruction, served as president of the Lightfoot Baseball Club and maintained a deep appreciation for the Presbyterian faith.

As the 28th President of the U.S., Woodrow Wilson is most known for his leadership during WWI, and for approving the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home is the oldest Presidential residence in the state of Georgia, and now serves as an educational facility and a historic attraction.

Childhood Home #3. Abraham Lincoln

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[Image via the National Park Service]

Knob Creek Farm was Abraham Lincoln’s “earliest recollection.” From the time he was two and a half until he was about eight years old, Abraham Lincoln lived in a small log cabin with his family on Knob Creek Farm, Kentucky.

Lincoln’s childhood years played a vital role in shaping his character and preparing him to lead the nation through the violent Civil War.

Childhood Home #4. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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[Image via Wikipedia Commons]

“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River.”

Springwood Estate remained at the heart of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life and career. It was his birthplace, lifelong home and burial site.

An impressive display of the Roosevelt family’s wealth, this home served not only as a retreat for Roosevelt, but also as a “Summer White House” where he hosted political associates and other prominent national and international guests.

Childhood Home #5. George W. Bush

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[Image via Wikipedia Commons]

The Bush family, one of the most famous political families in the U.S., lived in this 1,400-square-foot home in Midland, Texas from 1951 to 1955.

The George W. Bush Childhood Home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and was purchased for $100,000 to become the museum. In addition to President George W. Bush, this home was also the earliest boyhood home of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Childhood Home #6. Jimmy Carter

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[Image via the National Park Service]

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. was the first President to be born in a hospital. At the age of four, his family moved to a farm in Archery, Georgia. Raised in a mostly African-American community, he witnessed segregation first hand, which heavily influenced his future dedication to human and civil rights.

Jimmy Carter is one of only four presidents to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is the only one to have received one after serving in office.

Childhood Home #7. George Washington

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[Image by L.H. Barker/The George Washington Foundation via Smithsonian Magazine]

One of our Founding Fathers, George Washington, was born into a wealthy planter family in Colonial Virginia. He spent much of his childhood at Ferry Farm, located in Stafford County, Virginia, along the northern bank of Rappahannock River.

It wasn’t until July 2008 that archaeologists uncovered remains of George Washington’s boyhood home, which had burned down in 1740.

Ferry Farm is best known as the backdrop for famous childhood tales of George Washington like the time when he allegedly chopped down one of his father’s favorite cherry trees with a hatchet.

Childhood Home #8. Thomas Jefferson

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[Image via www.tuckahoeplantation.com]

Following the untimely death of the Randolphs, Thomas Jefferson moved to Tuckahoe so his parents could care for the children and the plantation. It was at Tuckahoe that Thomas Jefferson received his first education.

After his days on the plantation, Thomas Jefferson went on to become the 3rd President of the United States, where he drafted the U.S. Constitution and orchestrated the Louisiana Purchase.

Childhood Home #9. Richard Nixon

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[Image by the National Park Service via Wikipedia Commons]

Richard Milhous Nixon spent his boyhood years in this modest house that his father built on an eight-acre citrus farm in California. As members of the Quaker community, Nixon’s parents were very involved in civic service, and taught their sons patience, courage and determination. Nixon gained his first taste for politics during family dinners at this home.

Childhood Home #10. Barack Obama

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[Image via the Honolulu Advertiser]

Other than the four years he lived in Indonesia, Barack Obama spent most of his childhood years bouncing from one residence to another in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His first boyhood home still stands on Kalaniana'ole Highway, in the Kuli'ou'ou area between 'Aina Haina and Hawai'i Kai. This yellow, four-bedroom home was built in 1948, and essentially looks the same as when it was originally built.