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The answer to the previous question...

Yes, bopeepsheep has it right: the answer to my previous question is indeed Calvin Coolidge.

On 1 June 1925, Thomas Marshall, who had been Vice-President from 1913 to 1921, died aged 71. Coolidge had succeded him as Vice-President in 1921 and was now, aged 52, the oldest - indeed the only - ex-Vice-President of the United States. By now Coolidge himself was President, having been elevated on the death of Warren Harding in 1923.

On 4 March 1929, at the end of Coolidge's term, his Vice-President from 1925, Charles Dawes, who was seven years older, became the oldest living ex-Vice-President. He went on to outlive Coolidge by eighteen years.

A year later, on 8 March 1930, William Howard Taft, who had been President from 1909 to 1913, died, making Coolidge at the age of 57 the oldest (and, again, the only) ex-President. Coolidge is therefore the only person to have been both the oldest ex-President and the oldest ex-Vice-President at completely different times.

When Coolidge died on 5 January 1933, there were no living ex-Presidents; his successor, Herbert Hoover, had lost the election but still had two months of his term to go. Hoover, of course, went on to have the longest retirement of any ex-President, over 31 years.

For my complete workings, see below the cut.

Oldest living ex-president
Oldest living ex-vice-president
4 March 1797 - end of terms of George Washington (aged 65) as President and John Adams (aged 61) as Vice-President. Since there are no other ex-Presidents or Vice-Presidents, they are the oldest in those respective categories.
14 December 1799 - Washington dies aged 67; there are now no ex-Presidents alive(Adams still alive, aged 64)
4 March 1801 - end of John Adams' term as President; he is now aged 65 and simultaneously both the oldest ex-President and the oldest ex-Vice-President.
21 August 1803 - Adams outlives Washington (at 67 yrs 295 days) and is now the oldest ex-President to date......as well as being the oldest ex-Vice-President to date
4 July 1826 - John Adams dies aged 90 yrs and 247 days. The oldest ex-President is now James Madison (aged 75, President 1809-1817); the oldest ex-Vice-President is Aaron Burr (aged 70, Vice-President 1801-1805 in Jefferson's first term). If Thomas Jefferson had lived a little longer he would have made the list too, but he died a few hours before Adams on the same day.
28 June 1836 - Madison dies aged 85; the oldest ex-President is now Andrew Jackson (aged 69, President 1829-1837)(Burr still alive, aged 80)
(Jackson still alive, aged 69)14 September 1836 - Aaron Burr dies aged 80; the oldest ex-Vice-President is now John C. Calhoun (aged 54, Vice-President 1825-1832 under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson)
(Jackson still alive, aged 73)4 March 1841 - end of term of Richard Mentor Johnson (Vice-President under Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841); he is older than Calhoun (60 rather than 58) and thus becomes the oldest living Vice-President
8 June 1845 - Jackson dies aged 78; the oldest ex-President is now John Quincy Adams (aged 77, president from 1825 to 1829 when Jackson defeated him)(Johnson still alive, aged 64)
23 February 1848 - John Quincy Adams dies aged 80; Martin Van Buren is now the oldest ex-President (aged 65, President 1837-41).(Johnson still alive, aged 77)
(Van Buren already the oldest ex-President...)19 November 1850 - Richard Mentor Johnson's death makes Martin Van Buren simultaneously the oldest living ex-President and the oldest living ex-Vice-President (aged 67, Vice-President under Andrew Jackson, 1833-1837)
24 July 1862 - Martin Van Buren dies aged 79. The oldest living ex-President is now James Buchanan (aged 71, President 1857-1861) and the oldest ex-Vice-President is the rather obscure George Mifflin Dallas (aged 70, Vice-President under Polk 1845-1849)
(Buchanan still alive, aged 73)31 December 1864 - Dallas dies making his successor Millard Fillmore (Vice-president to Zachary Taylor 1849-1850) the oldest living ex-Vice-president (aged 64)
1 June 1868 - Buchanan's death makes Millard Fillmore the oldest living ex-President, at the age of 68......and he is also simultaneously the oldest living ex-Vice-President.
8 March 1874 - Fillmore's death at the age of 74 makes Andrew Johnson, aged 65, simultaneously both the oldest ex-President (1865-1869) and the oldest ex-Vice-President (for a few weeks before Lincoln's assassination in 1865)
31 July 1875 - Johnson's death at the age of 66 leaves no living ex-President, for the second time since the constitution came into force. The oldest living ex-Vice-President is Hannibal Hamlin (aged 65, Johnson's predecessor as Vice-President under Lincoln, 1861-65)
4 March 1877 - end of Ulysses S Grant's presidential term makes him the oldest (and only) ex-President, aged 54(Hamlin still alive, aged 67)
23 July 1885 - Grant's death at the age of 63 makes his successor Rutherford B. Hayes the oldest living ex-president (aged 62)(Hamlin still alive, aged 75)
(Hayes still alive, aged 68)4 July 1891 - Hamlin's death at the age of 81 leaves no living ex-Vice-President
17 January 1893 - Hayes' death at the age of 70 makes his successor Grover Cleveland the oldest living ex-President (aged 55, President 1885-1889)(still no living ex-Vice-Presidents)
4 March 1893 - Cleveland, aged 55, becomes President again, having defeated Benjamin Harrison who is older (aged 59) and thus becomes the oldest ex-President. Levi P. Morton, who has served as Harrison's Vice-President from 1889 to 1893, becomes the oldest (and only) living ex-Veep at the age of 68.
13 March 1901 - Harrison's death at the age of 67 puts Cleveland, now nearly 64, back in the frame as oldest living ex-President(Morton still alive, aged 76)
24 June 1908 - Cleveland's death leaves no living ex-Presidents, for the third time since the constitution came into force.(Morton still alive, aged 84)
4 March 1909 - end of Theodore Roosevelt's 1901-1909 term as President makes him the oldest (and only) ex-President, aged only 50(Morton still alive, aged 84)
4 March 1913 - end of William Howard Taft's 1909-1913 term makes him the oldest living ex-President, aged 55 to Roosevelt's 54(Morton still alive, aged 88)
(Taft still alive, aged 57)24 October 1914 - Morton outlives John Adams and becomes the oldest Vice-President ever
(Taft still alive, aged 62)16 May 1920 - Levi P. Morton's death on his 96th birthday leaves no living Vice-Presidents.
4 March 1921 - end of Woodrow Wilson's 1913-1921 term makes him the oldest living ex-President, aged 64; Thomas R Marshall, aged 67, is the oldest (and only) living ex-Vice-President. He and Wilson are the first President/Vice-President team to serve two full terms since Monroe and Tompkins nearly a century before.
2 February 1924 - Wilson's death at the age of 67 makes Taft, now 66, the oldest living ex-President once again.(Marshall still alive, aged 69)
(Taft still alive, aged 67)1 June 1925 - Marshall's death at the age of 71 makes Calvin Coolidge, aged 52, the oldest living ex-Vice-President. Coolidge served as Vice-President under Harding from 1921 to 1923 and is now President having succeeded on Harding's death (and then won re-election in 1924).
(Taft still alive, aged 71)4 March 1929 - End of Charles G Dawes' term makes him the oldest living ex-Vice-President, aged 63 (having served under Coolidge - who is now 54 - 1925-1929)
8 March 1930 - Taft's death at the age of 72 makes Coolidge, now 57, the oldest living ex-President. Coolidge is the only person to be both the oldest living ex-President and the oldest living ex-Vice-President at different non-overlapping times.(Dawes still alive, aged 64)
5 January 1933 - Coolidge's death at the age of 60 leaves no living ex-President, for the fourth time.(Dawes still alive, aged 67)
4 March 1933 - End of the 1929-33 term of Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis makes Hoover the oldest (and only) living ex-President at 58; Charles Curtis, at 73, is older than Dawes (who is 67) and thus becomes the oldest living ex-Vice-President.
(Hoover still alive, aged 61)8 February 1936 - Curtis' death at the age of 76 makes Charles G Dawes once again the oldest living ex-Vice-President, aged 70.
(Hoover still alive, aged 76)23 April 1951 - The death of Dawes at the age of 85 makes John Nance Garner, who served in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first two terms (1933-1941), the oldest living ex-Vice-President, aged 82.
20 October 1964 - Hoover's death at the age of 90 makes Harry S Truman the oldest living ex-President (aged 80, served 1945-1953)(Garner still alive, aged 95)
(Truman still alive, aged 81)22 November 1964 - John Nance Garner celebrates his 96th birthday, outliving Levi P. Morton to become the oldest Vice-President ever.
(Truman still alive, aged 83...)7 November 1967 - Garner dies aged 98 yrs and 350 days, making Truman simultaneously both the oldest living President and the oldest living Vice-President (having briefly served under Roosevelt in 1945)
26 December 1972 - Truman's death at the age of 88 makes Lyndon Baines Johnson, aged 64, simultaneously the oldest living ex-President (1963-69) and ex-Vice-President (1961-63). He enjoys this distinction for less than a month.
22 January 1973 - Johnson's death at the age of 64 leaves no living ex-President, for the last time to date. Hubert Humphrey, aged 61, is the oldest living ex-Vice-President, having served under Johnson, 1965-1969. (Johnson's widow, incidentally, is still alive today in 2006, and will celebrate her 96th birthday in December.)
9 August 1974 - Nixon's resignation makes him the oldest (and only) living ex-President, aged 61.(Humphrey still alive, aged 63)
(Nixon still alive, aged 63)20 January 1977 - The end of Nelson Rockefeller's 1974-77 term makes him the oldest living ex-Vice-President, aged 68 (Humphrey is 65).
(Nixon still alive, aged 65)26 January 1979 - Rockefeller's death at the age of 70 makes Nixon simultanously the oldest living ex-President and the oldest living ex-Vice-President (having served under Eisenhower, 1953-1961)
20 January 1989 - the end of Ronald Reagan's term makes him the oldest living ex-President, aged 77, as Nixon is younger.(Nixon still alive, aged 76.)
(Reagan still alive, aged 83)22 April 1994 - Nixon's death at the age of 81 makes his Vice-President in 1973-74, Gerald Ford, aged 80, the oldest living ex-Vice-President.
16 July 2001 - Reagan outlives John Adams, making him the oldest ex-President ever.(Ford still alive, aged 88)
5 June 2004 - Reagan's death at the age of 93 yrs and 120 days makes Gerald Ford, aged 90, simultaneously the oldest living ex-President and the oldest living ex-Vice-President.

Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
matgb
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
You are a very scary man. I'm impressed.

Now, having done all this, I have to ask. Why?
nwhyte
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Because it's there!
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