U.S. Presidents Who Were College Cheerleaders

By Karen Harris
George W. Bush, Andover Philips Academy Year Book in 1964. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)

Today's cheerleading routines may combine high-flying stunts, athletic tumbling, and energetic dance moves, but things were very different in the cheerleading days of the American presidents. In fact, five former United States presidents were college cheerleaders.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Prior to his devastating polio infection at age 30, the nation's 32nd president enjoyed an active lifestyle as well as an academic one. While a student at Harvard College between 1900 and 1903, F.D.R. was a member of a fraternity, served as editor-in-chief of the college's daily newspaper, and joined the Fly Club (which is a lot less acrobatic than it sounds) as well as the cheerleading squad, riling up crowds for the Harvard Crimson football team.