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Twelve of our US Presidents served as Generals. George Washington is the only one who was called back to active duty after leaving office.

General of the Armies

  • George Washington

General of the Army

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • Ulysses S. Grant

Major General

  • Andrew Jackson
  • William H. Harrison
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • James A. Garfield

Brigadier General

  • Franklin Pierce
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Benjamin Harrison

Technically, George Washington was only a Lieutenant General upon his death. He was promoted to General of the Armies, the highest ranking position in the US military, in 1976.

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