List of Presidents of the United States by home state
These lists give the states of primary affiliation, states of birth and places of birth of the Presidents of the United States.
- 1 States of primary affiliation
- 2 Places of birth
- 3 Notes and references
States of primary affiliation
A list of US Presidents including the state with which each was primarily affiliated, due to residence, professional career, and electoral history. This is not necessarily the state in which the president was born.
Note: The flags presented for the states are the present day flags, which were not necessarily adopted in the times of the earliest presidents.
States of primary affiliation by president
Presidents by state of primary affiliation
A list of all 44 presidents based on residence and birth, with priority given to residence. Only 18 out of the 50 states are represented. Presidents with an asterisk (*) did not primarily reside in their respective birth states (they were not born in the state listed below).
Places of birth
Presidents by state of birth
Communities where presidents were born
Presidents who did not primarily reside in their respective birth states
As of 2012, 19 out of 43 individuals (44%) – accounting for Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms—served as President after officially residing in a different place than their birth.
Presidents born as British subjects
- George Washington
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- James Monroe
- John Quincy Adams
- Andrew Jackson
- William Henry Harrison
Notes and references
- While Grant's birth state was Ohio, his home prior to his election was in Galena, IL. The Library of Congress contains the official Senate record for the election, which states that Grant was elected from the state of Illinois, not Ohio. See A Century of Lawmaking. The official House record for the election, also preserved on the Library of Congress website, says the same thing.
- Shortly after the election of James Garfield, the Democratic National Committee hired a New York attorney Arthur P. Hinman to dig up dirt on the vice president elect Chester Arthur. The Democrats did not believe that Chester was born in Fairfield, Vermont, nor did they believe he was even born in the United States of America. Hinman concluded that Arthur was born in Dunham, Quebec in Canada, not Fairfield, and was therefore not an American citizen. He accused Arthur of traveling to Canada following his election as vice president in 1880 to see if there were any records or evidence of his birth. Finding none, he chose Fairfield, Vermont as his birthplace. He claimed that Arthur knew nobody would be able to prove otherwise and he was supported by the fact that his father was a preacher there around the time of his birth. Hinman even went so far as to claim that the Arthurs did have a baby son while in Fairfield who had died as an infant and Chester Arthur had deviously appropriated his deceased younger brother’s birth records. In 1884, Hinman published his explosive allegations in his book How a British Subject became President of the United States. Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces by Louis L. Picone
- John Adams Birthplace was then part of Braintree.
- Then a part of Braintree.
- Note: Bill Clinton's home in his first four years is sometimes called the Bill Clinton Birthplace, although the name is misleading.
- Born in the Waxhaw region on the North Carolina–South Carolina border. Exactly on which side of the border Jackson was born is in dispute. Jackson himself considered South Carolina as his birth state, and that is how it is most frequently listed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/06/AR2011030603406.html?wprss=rss_print/asection
- There are some claims that Arthur was in fact born in Canada, not far from his official Vermont birthplace. His father was an Irish-born Canadian who was not naturalized as a U.S. citizen until some years after Arthur's birth. See here for details.
- The modern county in which Lincoln's birthplace lies, LaRue County, was not created until 1843.
- The Official Library of Congress Naturalization Record for William Arthur (father of Chester Arthur) states that William Arthur (who was born in Ireland and later emigrated to Canada) was not naturalized until 14 years after the birth of Chester Arthur. His father's British subjecthood, governed by English common law, was conferred via jus sanguinis; cf. William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England I.10 ("Of People, Whether Aliens, Denizens or Natives"), Oxford 1765-1769: […] all children, born out of the king’s ligeance, whose fathers were natural-born subjects, are now natural-born subjects themselves, to all intents and purposes, without any exception; […].
- According to the British Nationality Act 1948, Obama was from birth a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent (jus sanguinis) through his father, a native of Kenya, which was then a British colony. This status reverted to Kenyan citizenship upon Kenya's independence in 1963, and Obama lost his Kenyan citizenship upon turning 23 in 1984 because the Kenyan Constitution prohibits dual citizenship for adults. Does Barack Obama have Kenyan citizenship? See also: Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories