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Old 10-20-2016, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteShepherd View Post
Ummm... The third link in your post has the average age that the presidents took office:
Though median is "an" average, it's not what people mean (heh) when they think of average. Though in this case, the median is a better measure than the mean. Really that's true in most cases involving age, because as noted, infant mortality skews things. Even in the "ancient times" of the first 10 presidents, 8/10 lived past 70, and 6/10 past 75, and 4/10 past 80.

Quick calculation, though I rounded ages down to the nearest year: the presidents who died have a mean of 68.875 years, median 70 years. Not short-lived people, even WH Harrison.

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