U.S. Presidents Who Were Generals

Name all the U.S. presidents who held the rank of general.
Unless otherwise stated, listed rank was held in the U.S. army.
One of these presidents achieved the listed rank posthumously, but he was a legit general while he was alive, too.
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Last updated: September 21, 2018
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Highest Rank
General of the Armies
George Washington
General of the Army
Dwight D. Eisenhower
General of the Army
Ulysses S. Grant
Major General
James Garfield
Major General
William Henry Harrison
Major General
Andrew Jackson
Major General
Zachary Taylor
Brevet Major General
Rutherford B. Hayes
Brigadier General
Andrew Johnson
Brigadier General
Franklin Pierce
Brigadier General (New York Militia)
Chester A. Arthur
Brevet Brigadier General
Benjamin Harrison
Level 86
Sep 21, 2018
For those who are curious:

General of the Armies = 6-star

General of the Army = 5-star

General = 4-star

Lieutenant General = 3-star

Major General = 2-star

Brigadier General = 1-star

Level 37
Sep 22, 2018
Thank you! - The highest rank that I was aware of was a 4-star general.
Level 86
Sep 22, 2018
The higher ranks are pretty rare. Upon further research, it appears that--just to be confusing--Grant's "General of the Army" title was considered a 4-star rank, whereas Eisenhower's was a 5-star rank. Only four other men have been named General of the Army (George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Henry Arnold, and Omar Bradley). The only person to ever hold the title of General of the Armies while he was alive was John Pershing.