Sunday, November 16, 2008

Harvard Law's second United States President

1876 Presidential election
On a tip from a blog post written by my history-loving colleague, Kurt X. Metzmeier, and featured in the University of Louisville's law faculty blog, I looked it up:

Yes, Barack Obama will be the second United States President with a law degree from Harvard. The first, Rutherford B. Hayes, was elected under circumstances more reminiscent of the 2000 election. One thing is certain: Obama's victory pulls Harvard back into a first place tie with Yale among universities that have conferred law degrees on future Presidents of the United States. Yale's pair? Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.


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