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Infographic: Presidential precedents – all 45 US commanders-in-chief in context

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When Donald J Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on 8th November 2016, words like “unprecedented” and “abnormal” filled the airwaves and newspaper columns. But aside from his celebrity status (oh, wait: Ronald Reagan) and his lack of experience in elected office (hang on: Dwight D Eisenhower, Ulysses S Grant…), what exactly marked him out as unique?

To find out, we collated the vital demographic attributes of all his POTUS predecessors in place – and discovered that, on the surface at least, he’s not as much a break from the norm as we had imagined. Hover over our presidential pantheon of the great (and not-so-great) and the good (and not-so-good) to see where Donald Trump fits in…

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