James K. Polk, America's eleventh president, spent most of his teenage years dealing with complications from gallstones.
Millard Fillmore was born into abject poverty. A life on the frontier forced him to put schooling aside.
While at school, Franklin Pierce enjoyed socializing -- so much that he was, at one point, the worst student in his class.
A young James Buchanan was nearly expelled twice from his secondary school.
As a lanky youngster, Abraham Lincoln spent most of his time working on the family farm.
A poor runaway, Andrew Johnson did not learn to read or write until he married his wife at the age of 16.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was a sickly child who enjoyed collecting dead animals.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson had trouble learning to read because of poor eyesight and, possibly, an undiagnosed case of dyslexia.
Throughout much of his schooling, Herbert Hoover excelled at math. In every other subject, however, he received average to failing marks.
A self-described "average student," George W. Bush was, of all things, a cheerleader at his private secondary school.
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