There are currently four living ex-presidents – Carter, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and G.W. Bush. What was the greatest number of living ex-POTUSes at any one time?
Bonus points: Name them
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It was a semi-trick question. The number is five and it’s happened twice.
Five ex-presidents were alive from January 21, 1993 until Nixon died on April 22, 1994. (Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Carter and G.H.W. Bush.)
When Clinton left office on January 21, 2001, he joined Ford, Carter, Reagan and G.H.W. Bush to make five living ex-POTUSes again. Reagan died on June 5, 2004. Ford died on December 26, 2006.
BTW – When Lyndon Johnson died on January 22, 1973 there where no former presidents left alive, the first time that that had happened since the death of George Washington in 1799.