All U.S. President have their own story of how they came to power, and for some, wealth. Some came from or married into wealth, while others never had much to speak of. A small handful were penniless or poor when they died. Not only has Presidents’ private debt fluctuated over the years, so has public debt. Public debt has generally increased and, since WWII, it has grown exponentially—reaching more than $14 trillion this month. Scroll down to see not only which Presidents had the most wealth and which had the least, but also how public debt has changed through the years.

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Published March 1, 2011 Updated: October 12, 2016
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Frank•  June 19, 2011
These numbers are just plain wrong.. I.e. the public debt before and after Reagan took office.. BS
Ron•  November 3, 2017
These numbers are adjusted to 2010 US$.
marty•  June 30, 2011
Pohjola•  July 8, 2011
Awesome info-graphic! One question, though. Shouldn't the 'Great Depression' actually be marked under Hoover's presidency rather than Coolidge's?