What is the Most Common Name for a President?
James is the most common presidential first name so far, beating out William (4), John (4), and George (3). Six presidents share the first name James, but their lives and presidencies couldn’t be more different from each other. Here’s a list of the James presidents:
- James Madison
- James Monroe
- James Knox Polk
- James Buchanan
- James Abram Garfield
- James (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr.
James Madison had no children of his own, but he did father the Constitution.
A Revolution soldier; As president promoter of good feelings
James Knox Polk
The hardest working man in the White House; died just a few months after the end of his promised one term
Old Buck was one of our worst presidents. He did little to stop the impending Civil War.
James Abram Garfield
The teacher president; A potential great, shot down by an assassin in 1881
James (Jimmy) Earl Carter Jr.
Left something to be desired as president, but post-presidency humanitarian work is admirable (See Nobel Peace Prize)