February 22, 2008 / 12:54 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX: U.S. presidents' ages when they took office

(Reuters) - If John McCain wins the White House, he would become in January 2009, at 72, the oldest person ever sworn in as a first-term U.S. president.

Here is a look at the ages of some of the 43 U.S. presidents when they took office.

--George Washington, the first president, 57.

--Abraham Lincoln, immortalized as "the Great Emancipator" for freeing American slaves, 52.

--Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president, 42.

--Franklin Roosevelt, a distant cousin of Theodore Roosevelt who led the nation to victory in World War Two, 51.

--John Kennedy, a charismatic leader assassinated in his third year in office, 43.

--Richard Nixon, snared in the Watergate political corruption scandal that forced him to resign, 56.

--Ronald Reagan, the oldest president, 69. When he completed a second term he was 77.

--George H.W. Bush, father of President George W. Bush, 64.

--Bill Clinton, who reigned over peace and prosperity even as he was caught having an affair with a White House intern, 46.

--George W. Bush, whose popularity eroded with the Iraq war, 54.

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