Did you know that many of our presidents started out as hourly workers just like you? It's true, they were clerks, bank tellers and even ice cream scoopers. In celebration of Presidents’ Day, here at Snagajob we want to honor our presidents by sharing their hourly jobs with you.
Before their job title was head of state, our presidents held another position: the hourly worker.
George Washington--At the age of 16, long before he became our nation's first president, Washington worked as a land surveyor.
Abraham Lincoln--Honest Abe worked several hourly jobs before he was sworn into presidency. He was a store clerk, postmaster, surveyor and tavern keeper.
Warren G. Harding--Harding was an insurance agent before he became a journalist and the 29th president of the United States.
Herbert Hoover--Before Hoover began a career in politics he worked as an office boy for a California mining company. Today, Hoover's job would be more commonly known as an administrative assistant or clerk.
Harry S. Truman--President Truman worked as a bank teller prior to his career in the White House.
Dwight D. Eisenhower--Growing up, Eisenhower worked as a night supervisor at Belle Springs Creamery.
Richard Nixon--Before his presidency, Nixon made a living by working in his family owned grocery store and gas station.
Gerald Ford--In college Ford worked as a dishwasher at his fraternity.
Ronald Reagan--Before Reagan began his acting career and became the 40th U.S. president, he worked as a summer lifeguard saving 77 lives in his seven-year career!
George H. W. Bush--Bush Sr. worked as a sales clerk prior to his career in the Texas oil industry and his presidency.
Barack Obama--President Obama began his career as an ice cream scooper at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins.
It's important to remember that everyone starts out as an hourly employee somewhere, even our leaders. The next time you walk into work remember to take a good look around because you could be working with a future president!