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Who Died In Office

Since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and the inauguration of our first president in 1789, only 44 men have served as President of the United States, and Donald Trump became the newest president when he was sworn in on January 20, 2016. Trump is considered the 45th president, even though 44 have served. One president served twice in non-consecutive terms, and is therefore counted twice.

Of those 44 presidents, eight have died while serving as president. Four of natural causes, and four through assassination. Below is list of those eight presidents who died in office.


William Henry Harrison -The 9th President, died in 1841 of pneumonia and pleurisy.

Zachary Taylor --The 12th President, died in 1850 of bilious fever, typhoid fever, and cholera morbus, following a heat stroke.

Abraham Lincoln--The 16th President, was assassinated in 1865 at the end of the Civil War by a Confederate sympathizer. Lincoln was the first of four presidents to be assassinated.

James Garfield--The 20th President, who was assassinated in 1881.

William McKinley--The 25th President, who was assassinated 1901.

Warren G. Harding --The 29th President, who died in1923 of a suspected heart attack.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt --The 32nd President, who died in 1945, of a cerebral hemorrhage.

John F. Kennedy-The 35th President, who was assassinated in 1963.


NOTE: President Ronald Reagan was shot by a would-be assassin in 1981, but he recovered to finish his first term and go on to win a second term in the 1984 election.


NOTE: President Donald Trump announced on October 2, 2020 that he was infected with the COVID-19 virus. Later that day, he was taken to Walter Reed Hospital as a precaution.

See also the List of Presidents of the United States

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