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Every US President's Handwriting

Updated October 18, 2018 11.7k votes 689 voters 7.8k views44 items

List RulesVote up the most impressive John Hancocks of commanders in chief.

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?

    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1831-1881)
    • Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America
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    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
    • Birthplace: Waxhaw Settlement between North Carolina and South Carolina, British America
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    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
    • Birthplace: Popes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America
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    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1784-1850)
    • Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, United States of America
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