BY CHARLIE GEROW, Feb. 20, 2018

What we do with former presidents is a subject frequently discussed in the halls of academia. After all, we now have as many members of that most exclusive club as ever, including some who are likely to be with us for a long time.

What doesn’t get as much attention is what becomes of those who sought the presidency and lost. The spotlight turns on one of them — Republican businessman Mitt Romney — now.

Our history is replete with presidential nominees who lost their bids to become commander-in-chief but went on to serve in public office.

Several returned to Senate seats they once held. Others took governorships. Quite a few became secretaries of state. Charles Evans Hughes, a Republican statesman from New York, became chief justice of the United States following a stint as secretary of state.

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