Unusual Jobs of Former Presidents

Unusual Jobs of Former Presidents

Retail Manager

8. Retail Manager

Median Salary:
$53,000

After serving in World War I, Truman opened a haberdashery with military friend Eddie Jacobson. Truman oversaw operations of the store, which was something of a precursor to a department store (which was the precursor to Amazon).

Proving just how difficult owning a small business can be, Truman’s foray into retail management ultimately proved less successfully than his presidency. The haberdashery closed during a recession in the early 1920s, setting Truman on course for a career in politics.

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