We have seen 45 U.S. Presidents till date. Out of which, some of them were managing their own brands before taking over the presidential position in the country. Hence it’s not a surprise how Presidents have had some cool things to say and show about marketing throughout American history.
Go through the information shared below to know more about your heroes!
George Washington [1861 – 1865]
“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
- George Washington was a farmer, brewer, and entrepreneur. He ran a successful whiskey distillery in the U.S. and owned lucrative farm at Mount Vernon.
Abraham Lincoln [1861 – 1865]
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
- Abraham Lincoln built a small boat and ran a ferrying service. He invented a device that lifts riverboats over sandbars and became the first U.S. president who was being granted a patent. Lincoln worked as a postmaster for three years in New Salem, Illinois. Later, he owned a general store in the same place. He also ran a law practice.
Warren G. Harding [1921 – 1923]
“Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little.”
- Warren G. Harding explored media at the age of 19. He purchased a small, struggling newspaper in Ohio by name “The Marion Star” in His wife Florence helped him in managing the business operations for this newspaper.
Herbert Hoover [1929 – 1933]
“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”
- Herbert Hoover started his own mine engineering business in 1908. His company had 175,000 workers.
Franklin D. Roosevelt [1933 – 1945]
“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was a victim of polio. He started the “Roosevelt Warm Springs” Institute for Rehabilitation in 1927. At present, it serves beyond 4,000 people with different disabilities each year.
Harry Truman [1945 – 1953]
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
- He started a men’s clothing store in Kansas City, Mo., after serving in France in the time of World War I. This business flourished for three years, but then failed unfortunately in the postwar recession.
Jimmy Carter [1977 – 1981]
“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”
- Jimmy Carter ran the struggling peanut farm in Plains, Ga., after resigning from the Navy. He worked in the farm like the way he did in navy. His hard work made the Carter farm prosperous by 1959.
George Herbert Walker Bush [1989 – 1993]
“Equality begins with economic empowerment.”
- George H. W. Bush formed the Bush-Overby Oil Development in 1951. His family helped him to finance its operations. Bush-Overby merged with another oil company to form Zapata Petroleum by 1953.
George W. Bush [2001 – 2009]
“Prosperity results from entrepreneurship and ingenuity.”
- George W. Bush invested $600,000 in Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Later in 1998, he sold his stake in the team for $15 million which is 2,400 percent return on his first investment.
These successful leaders found their niche and followed it with passion. If you want to be one among them, create the opportunities around you and work hard with perseverance until you reach your destination.
Happy President’s Day!