I know that most of the presidents went to college and a major portion of those presidents were awarded degrees. Who was the first president to be a graduate of a public university?

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    Isn't this just trivia rather than useful historical knowledge? Are we going to have a series of questions, such as "Who was the first US president to play golf?", "How many US presidents were left-handed?", "Who was the first US president to win a Nobel Prize?" Jul 14, 2016 at 13:33
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    @KillingTime It is in a way. but some people may be wondering it and it fit the Q&A format.
    – Benjamin
    Jul 14, 2016 at 15:53
  • While I agree this is trivial, and I really don't want to see it used as a basis for other trivial questions, it is a question and has an answer...
    – CGCampbell
    Jul 17, 2016 at 3:19

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The first president to graduate from a public university was James K. Polk, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Source: Various Wikipedia articles.

  • Source? Citation?
    – MCW
    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:36
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    @MarkC.Wallace I don't have a single citation for this fact, but I have reviewed the college attended for the presidents in order, until I found this one.
    – Benjamin
    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:39
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    @Benjamin: I added your (presumed) source. Is it correct?
    – Tom Au
    Jul 14, 2016 at 16:50

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