America's first US president's annual salary was $25,000

How does the salary of George Washington compare to that of Barack Obama's?

The country's first U.S. president made $25,000 for the job in 1789. According to Business Insider, "That may not sound like much, but to put Washington's compensation into perspective, $25,000 in 1913 — the oldest year the inflation calculator accounts for — is equivalent to about $600,000 today. Imagine the value in 1789!"

How did each US president met their end

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How did each US president die?

George Washington, age 67

Died: December 14, 1799
Cause of death: Pneumonia

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John Adams, age 90

Died: July 4, 1826
Cause of death: Debility, heart failure

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Thomas Jefferson, age 83

Died: July 4, 1826
Cause of death: Debility, dehydration

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James Madison, age 85

Died: June 28, 2836
Cause of death: Debility, heart failure

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James Monroe, age 73

Died: July 4, 1831
Cause of death: Tuberculosis

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John Quincy Adams, age 80

Died: February 23, 1848
Cause of death: Stroke

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Andrew Jackson, age 78

Died: June 8, 1845
Cause of death: Tuberculosis

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Martin Van Buren, age 79

Died: July 24, 1862
Cause of death: Asthmatic suffocation

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William Henry Harrison, age 68 while in office

Died: April 4, 1841
Cause of death: Pneumonia, fever

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John Tyler, age 53

Died: January 18, 1862
Cause of death: Stroke

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James K. Polk, age 53

Died: June 15, 1849
Cause of death: Cholera

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Zachary Taylor, age 65 while in office

Died: July 9, 1850
Cause of death: Heat stroke, gastroenteritis

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Millard Fillmore, age 74

Died: March 8, 1874
Cause of death: stroke

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Franklin Pierce, age 64

Died: October 8, 1869
Cause of death: Stomach inflammation

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James Buchanan, age 77

Died: June 1, 1868
Cause of death: Respiratory failure, rheumatic gout

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Abraham Lincoln, age 56 while in office

Died: April 15, 1865
Cause of death: Gunshot wound (assassination)

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Andrew Johnson, age 66

Died: July 31, 1875
Cause of death: Stroke

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Ulysses S. Grant, age 63

Died: July 23, 1885
Cause of death: Carcinoma (cancer) of the throat

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Rutherford B. Hayes, age 70

Died: January 17, 1893
Cause of death: Heart disease

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James Garfield, age 49 while in office

Died: September 19, 1881
Cause of death: Gunshot wound (assassination)

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Chester Arthur, age 57

Died: November 18, 1886
Cause of death: Stroke

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Grover Cleveland, age 71

Died: June 24, 1908
Cause of death: Coronary sclerosis or intestinal obstruction

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Benjamin Harrison, age 67

Died: March 13, 1901
Cause of death: Pneumonia

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William McKinley, age 58 while in office

Died: September 14, 1901
Cause of death: Gunshot wound (assassination)

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Theodore Roosevelt, age 60

Died: January 6, 1919
Cause of death: Assumed coronary embolism

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William H. Taft, age 72

Died: March 8, 1930
Cause of death: Heart disease

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Woodrow Wilson, age 67

Died: February 3, 1924
Cause of death: Apoplexy, paralysis

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Warren G. Harding, age 57 while in office

Died: August 2, 1923
Cause of death: Heart failure, apoplexy

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Calvin Coolidge, age 60

Died: January 5, 1933
Cause of death: Heart failure

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Herbert Hoover, age 90

Died: October 20, 1964
Cause of death: Internal hemorrhaging, strained vascular systems

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, age 63 while in office

Died: April 12, 1945
Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage or stroke

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Harry S. Truman, age 88

Died: December 26, 1972
Cause of death: Organ failure, cardiovascular system collapse

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Dwight D. Eisenhower, age 78

Died: March 28, 1969
Cause of death: Heart failure

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John F. Kennedy, age 46 while in office

Died: November 22, 1963
Cause of death: Gunshot wound (assassination)

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Lyndon B. Johnson, age 64

Died: January 22, 1973
Cause of death: Heart failure

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Richard Nixon, age 81

Died: April 22, 1994
Cause of death: Stroke, paralysis

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Gerald Ford, age 93

Died: December 26, 2006
Cause of death: Cerebrovascular disease, arteriosclerosis

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Ronald Reagan, age 93

Died: June 5, 2004
Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease, pneumonia

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In contrast, Obama is designated a yearly salary of $400,000, and he reportedly made nearly $800,000 in 2011 due to additional earnings from investments and book royalties.

While the two men may seem to have had somewhat comparable incomes in present day terms, Slate points out that Washington was not given money to pay for expenses related to his official duties so he had to subsidize some of them himself.

In fact, the founding father reportedly complained about not earning enough money to cover his costs.

For about 30 years starting in 1969, American presidents earned $200,000 in base pay until the amount was doubled to its current level in 1999.

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