Amazingly, the 5 oldest candidates for US president to date have all come from the Republican Party.
Age is no factor when it comes to running for president of the United States, but in recent years the Republican Party have nominated some of the oldest candidates in US history. And many of them have gone on to become US President.
If he wins the 2020 election and serves until 2024, Trump will be 78 by the time he leaves office. He will be older than when Ronald Reagan completed his two terms in 1989 at the age of 77.
Trump is one of the oldest presidential candidates in history, and here are the next four oldest candidates for US president:
When Ronald Reagan won the 1980 US presidential election, he was 69, was 73 when re-elected and 77 by the time he left the White House in 1989. An actor before going into politics, Reagan had appeared in 19 films before 1939, including Dark Victory with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. He became a second lieutenant in the Officers’ Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937. From 1947-52 and again from 1959-60, Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. He was instrumental in securing residuals for actors who were then compensated when their films appeared on television. Reagan served as the Republican Governor of California from 1967-1975. His ‘Reagan Revolution’ during his presidency championed low taxes, individual freedom and an end to the Cold War.
Born on July 22, 1923, former Kansas senator Bob Dole was 73 by the time he lost to Bill Clinton during the 1996 Presidential Election. Prior to his election as senator for Kansas, Dole served as the state’s representative in the House from 1961 to 1969. During his time in the Senate from 1969 to 1996, Dole was Republican Leader of the from 1985 to 1996. Gerald Ford chose Dole as his running mate in the 1976 election, but lost to Jimmy Carter. Dole is the only person to be nominated president and vice president without being part of a winning campaign.
John McCain was born on August 29, 1936. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and served in the US Navy as a naval aviator. In 1967, he was almost killed in the USS Forrestal fire before being captured by the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down over Hanoi, North Vietnam. He remained a prisoner-of-war for 5 and a half years. McCain served two terms in the House of Representatives, later serving as the US Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He lost the 2000 Republican nomination to George W. Bush in a heated contest. By the time he ran for President in the 2008 Presidential election and lost against Barack Obama, McCain was 72.
George H W Bush (1992)
The father of future president George W Bush and a future Florida governor Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr was born on June 12, 1924.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his studies and joined the Navy on his 18th birthday. When he returned to the US in September 1945, he studied at Yale and graduated in 1948. After running an oil company, Bush became a member of the House of Representatives from 1966-1970. Nixon made him a UN ambassador in 1971 and Ford later made him a CIA director. Prior to his presidency of 1989-1993, Bush served as Reagan’s vice president from 1981 to 1989.He was 68 when he ran for re-election in 1992, ultimately losing to Bill Clinton.