Medical History of American Presidents

Compiled by Doctor Zebra

George Washington · John Adams · Thomas Jefferson · James Madison · James Monroe · John Q. Adams · Andrew Jackson · Martin van Buren · William Harrison · John Tyler · James Polk · Zachary Taylor · Millard Fillmore · Franklin Pierce · James Buchanan · Abraham Lincoln · Andrew Johnson · Ulysses Grant · Rutherford Hayes · James Garfield · Chester Arthur · Grover Cleveland · Benjamin Harrison · Grover Cleveland · William McKinley · Theodore Roosevelt · William Taft · Woodrow Wilson · Warren Harding · Calvin Coolidge · Herbert Hoover · Franklin Roosevelt · Harry Truman · Dwight Eisenhower · John Kennedy · Lyndon Johnson · Richard Nixon · Gerald Ford · James Carter · Ronald Reagan · George Bush · William Clinton · George W. Bush · Barack Obama · Donald Trump · Joseph Biden

This website tabulates the illnesses of American Presidents and other notable people. Both laypersons and physicians will find it interesting.

To get started, read Why do this?


Because facts matter, I have been scrupulous in citing references. That is not enough, however, as I now believe that writing accurately about any President's medical history is impossible unless primary sources are thoroughly examined. I have seen too many misinterpretations in secondary sources.

Within the present collection, the pages for both Abraham Lincoln and William Taft rest upon exhaustive first-hand reviews of the primary literature. You can take them to the bank. The information for VP Cheney is similarly based, but the sources are scant.

If you find an error, please tell me. Every page has a "Contact Us" link.

Please Help

This website is a spare-time hobby. If you can fill some of the holes, great! Just send me a note. Include references, otherwise there's no point.


Thanks to KWO of Phoenix, FS of Cork, and the pub in Kinsale, where our shared interest reawakened the idea. Thanks also to VAM for sparking my interest in medical history.

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