Asked in US Presidents
Which presidents were left handed?
December 16, 2013 11:46PM
Nine U. S. Presidents have been left handed, including five of the last seven!:
- Thomas Jefferson (due to an injury to his right hand_
- James Garfield - could write with both hands at once.
- Herbert Hoover
- Harry Truman
- Gerald Ford
- Ronald Reagan (although he converted to right... in more ways than one)
- George H. W. Bush
- Bill Clinton
- Barack Obama
Asked in Politics and Government
How many left handed US presidents of the last seven were left handed?
What presidents were left-handed?
Eight US Presidents were/are left-handed: James A. Garfield (R) Herbert Hoover (R) (disputed) Harry Truman (D) (may have been ambidextrous) Gerald Ford (R) Ronald Reagan (R) (switched to right hand for writing in school; perhaps ambidextrous) George H.W. Bush (R) Bill Clinton (D) Barack Obama (D) More Trivia In the 1992, 1996, and 2008 presidential elections, all major candidates were left-handed: H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Perot; Clinton, Dole, and Perot; McCain and Obama respectively. The eight left-handed US Presidents constitute a disproportionate number of lefties of US Presidents. The average number of lefties worldwide is somewhere around 10% while 18.6% of US Presidents were left-handed. Another oddity is that none of the first 19 presidents were left-handed. This is probably because there was a stigma against being left-handed and children were forced to use their right hand.