Welcome to the main event of the highest office. In this hypothetical battle royale, 45 presidents will enter, but only one will leave. Though current technological limitations prevent us from actually seeing who would win in an ultimate presidential fist fight, there's nothing stopping anyone from wildly speculating about the results. And just because there's no such thing as a definitive answer, that doesn't mean there aren't right answers and wrong answers.
Whether it be their physical stature, combative nature, or previous experience throwing down, some presidents would undoubtedly have a pugilistic advantage over others. Some presidents never raised a fist in their lives, while others threw hands and faced down death on the regular. In a melee, anything goes - and even the Electoral College can't protect them in the pit.
Weight: 210 lbs
Age Upon Taking Office: 42
- Several boxing, wrestling, judo, and jiu-jitsu matches well into adulthood
- Runner-up in a Harvard boxing tournament
- Captain and commander in the New York National Guard (1882-1886)
- Colonel in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War (1898)
- Commander of the 1st US Voluntary Cavalry (AKA the Rough Riders)
- First US president to receive the Medal of Honor
Fightingest Presidential Moment: Roosevelt continued to regularly box and hold judo matches while in office, including one bout in which he was hit so hard he suffered permanent damage to his left eye.Ultimate presidential fighter?
Weight: 185 lbs
Age Upon Taking Office: 52
- Captain in the Illinois State Militia during the Black Hawk War (1832)
Fightingest Presidential Moment: Showed off to Union soldiers by holding an ax parallel to the ground at arm’s length for quite some time, and challenged them to do the same. No one else could manage more than a couple seconds.Ultimate presidential fighter?
Weight: 175 lbs
Age Upon Taking Office: 57
- “Collar and elbow” county wrestling champion
- Fought and commanded in the French and Indian War
- Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution
Fightingest Presidential Moment: Washington personally led the United States militia on the campaign to halt the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, making him the only sitting president to lead troops. Upon learning of the militia’s march and Washington at its head, the rebels gave up without a fight.Ultimate presidential fighter?
Weight: 140 lbs
Age Upon Taking Office: 61
- Frequent fistfights as a youth, skilled wrestler, courier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1780-1781)
- POW of the British Army (1781)
- Fought up to 100 duels, and killed Charles Dickinson in one (1806)
- Major general of the volunteer militia/United States during the War of 1812 (1812-1814), the Creek War (1813-1814), and the First Seminole War (1817-1819)
Fightingest Presidential Moment: In 1835, a would-be assassin attempted to shoot Jackson, only to have his gun jam. The 67-year-old Jackson began savagely beating the assailant with his cane until he pulled out a second pistol, which also jammed.Ultimate presidential fighter?