President Donald Trump was the only modern president who had no political experience before entering the White House. You have to go back to Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression to find a president who is less experienced than Trump. Most presidents lacking political experience have strong military backgrounds, including President Dwight Eisenhower and President Zachary Taylor. Trump and Hoover had neither political nor military experience. However, political experience does not necessarily need to enter the White House. None of the constitutional requirements for presidency includes being elected president before taking office in the White House. Some voters actually like candidates with no political experience; those from outside are not affected by corruption in Washington, D.C. In fact, in the 2016 presidential campaign, several candidates never held presidential office: retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Carly Fiorina, former technical director. However, there are very few people in the White House who do not work in elected offices. Even our least experienced presidents, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and George H. W. Bush, served as presidents before entering the White House. The first six presidents in American history served as elected representatives of the Continental Congress. Since then, most presidents have served as governors, senators or members of Congress, or all three. Having held elected office before the White House, there is no guarantee that the president will perform well in the country’s highest office. Think of James Buchanan, a skilled politician who was rated by many historians as the worst president in history for not taking a stand on slavery or negotiating during the split crisis. Meanwhile, Eisenhower often performed well in surveys of American political scientists and historians, even though he had never served in the White House. Of course, Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents in the United States, but he had little experience before. It’s good to have no experience. In modern elections, some presidential candidates score among disgruntled and angry voters by portraying themselves as outsiders or novices. Candidates who want to stay away from so-called “politicians” or elites include Herman Kane, executive of the pizza chain, Steve Forbes, a wealthy magazine publisher, and Ross Perot, a businessman who has run one of the most successful independent campaigns in history. However, most U.S. Presidents served in elected offices before they were elected. Many presidents first serve as governors or senators. A few were members of the U.S. House of Representatives before they were elected president.