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Let's Celebrate The Left-Handed Leaders Who Have Made A Mark On America

It's more than all right to be a lefty.

Thursday is International Left Handers Day, where we celebrate those among us whose dominant hand is their left. 

Although only one out of 10 Americans identifies as a lefty, roughly two out of 10 presidents are left-handed -- a number that includes former President James Garfield, who is thought to have been ambidextrous.

In addition, two of the nine current Supreme Court justices are left-handed.

Created in 1996, International Left Handers Day brings awareness to the difficulties of being a lefty in a mostly all-right world, according to the International Business Times

While studies suggest that left-handed people make 10 to 12 percent less annually than righties, lefties have certainly made their mark on American politics. 
 

Here are some of the left-handed political figures who have changed America:  

  • President Barack Obama
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  • Former President Harry S. Truman
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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench, is photographed in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 30, 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
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  • Former President Gerald Ford
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  • Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, vice president under President Gerald Ford
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  • Former President Bill Clinton
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  • Former President Ronald Reagan
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  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D)
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  • Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense during the Vietnam War
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  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
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  • Former President Herbert Hoover
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  • Former President George H.W. Bush
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    WASHINGTON, : US President George Bush (R) announces 23 July 1990, his nomination, New Hampshire appellate judge David Souter (L), for the Supreme Court, at the White House, Washington, DC.AFP PHOTO/Jerome DELAY (Photo credit should read JEROME DELAY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
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  • Benjamin Franklin
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  • Alan Keyes
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  • Former President James A. Garfield
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