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Every US President's Handwriting  

Jacob Bryant
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You can tell a lot about a person based on their signature, which is nearly as unique as a fingerprint. According to handwriting analysts, how people cross their Ts, slant their names, and space the letters in their signatures can reveal details about their personalities.

Some of the most-viewed signatures throughout history belong to United States presidents. Presidential signatures show a variety of handwriting techniques: quick, nearly illegible scribbles; long, swooping flourishes; and neatly ordered, compact strokes.

But how do they compare to each other? Which president had the best penmanship? Who had the worst? How does George Washington's handwriting compare to Donald Trump's? And how many presidents have worse penmanship than you?

James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every US President's Handwriting
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Age: Dec. at 50 (1831-1881)

Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every US President's Handwriting
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Age: Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

Birthplace: Waxhaws

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Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every US President's Handwriting
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Age: Dec. at 66 (1784-1850)

Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, United States of America

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every US President's Handwriting
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Age: Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

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