Posted : 7 years ago

Herbert Hoover is the only president to have an asteroid named after him. It was called Hooveria, and the reason it’s not on my asteroid list is because I don’t know of the asteroid number.

The first U.S. national monument was Devils Tower in Wyoming named by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

None of Franklin Pierce’s children was alive to see his presidency (3 children).

Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, was named for the original landowner, Vernon Washington.

President James Buchanan was a gracious host. When the Prince of Wales visited the White House in the fall of 1860, so many guests accompanied him, there weren’t enough beds. The story goes that the president decided to sleep in the hallway.

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Posted : 8 years ago

Theodore Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to deliver an inaugural address without using the word “I”.

The first and only president to name his son George Washington was John Quincy Adams.

Franklin Pierce was the first United States’ president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.

Herbert Hoover was the first president to have a telephone on his desk.

President William Taft kept a cow on the White House lawn to supply him with fresh milk. He was the last president to do so.

Elizabeth Ballou Garfield was the first mother of a president to witness her son’s, James Garfield, inauguration. His first act after inauguration was to kiss her.

Posted : 8 years ago

The first president to fly across the Atlantic Ocean while in office was Woodrow Wilson.

George Washington was the first U.S. president to appear on a postage stamp.

The inauguration of George W. Bush on January 20, 2001 was only the second time in history when both parents of the newly elected president were present at the ceremony; the first time was with John F. Kennedy in 1961.

The first president to live in the White House was second president John Adams, who moved there in 1800.

The most words at a president’s inauguration was William Henry Harrisons’, at 8,445 words, which took an hour and 45 minutes, during a snowstorm.

Posted : 8 years ago

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was also the first president to appear on T.V.

John Quincy Adams was the only American president who was also a published poet.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her doctor recommended this to improve her memory.

The first president to visit both Alaska and Canada while president was Warren Gamaliel Harding, who visited Metlakahtha, Alaska, in July 8, 1923, and Vancouver, British Columbia in July 26, 1923. He sailed on the U.S. naval transport Henderson.

Ulysses Simpson Grant was the first president whose parents were both alive when he was inaugurated.

Posted : 8 years ago

Gerald Ford assumed the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon.

David “Screaming Lord Sutch”, as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, was Britain’s longest serving party leader until he hung himself in June 1999.

Half the world’s population earns about 5% of the world’s wealth.

George Washington was the first president under the US constitution of 1789. However, the US was an independent nation for 13 years before the Constitution was signed. For one year during this time John Hanson served as “President of the US in Congress assembled.” Technically, he was the first president of the United States.

India is the world’s largest democracy with more than 600 million voters.

14 of the 45 vice presidents have become president:
5 vice presidents have been elected to the presidency: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, Richard Nixon, and George Bush.
4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president was assassinated: Andrew Johnson, Chester Authur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.
4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president died of natural causes: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry Truman.

Posted : 8 years ago

James K. Polk’s inauguration was the first to be reported by telegraph.

He also gave the White House it’s official name in 1901. Before, it was known as President’s House, President’s Palace, and Executive Mansion.

Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a U.S. citizen.

President Rutherford Birchard Hayes never knew his father, who died a few months before he was born.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 colonies.

Posted : 8 years ago

Bolivia holds the highest turnover of governments. Since their independence from Spain in 1825, Bolivia has had almost 200 governments. Since 1945, Italy saw more than 50 governments and more than 20 Prime Ministers.

The youngest active system of governance is communism, which was introduced in 1848 by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.

The European Union was founded in 1957 as the European Economic Community. It then became the EC (European Community) and in 1993 the EU (European Union).

Funds raised by the US Presidential candidates 2000:
Ralph Nader – $5,989,559
Al Gore – $133,113,452
George W. Bush – $187,202,363

William Henry Harrison had the shortest term of office as president. He served from for 32 days, from 4 March to 4 April 1841.

The Organization of American States (OAS) was founded in 1948 to promote peace, security and the economical development of the western hemisphere.

Posted : 8 years ago

John Quincy Adams is the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after his presidency, which was for 17 years.

Electric lights were installed in the White House during Benjamin Harrison’s term. His wife never used them because she was frightened of the switches. Due to their tremendous fear, a servant had to turn on or off the light switches for them.

On election night in 1876, Rutherford Birchard Hayes went to his bed believing he had lost the presidential election. The next day, however, his Republican campaign manager boldly proclaimed him the winner. It was discovered that three Republican states in the South (Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana) had sent in double returns. The Democrats screamed foul, until it was revealed they too, had committed election return fraud. Congress debated the election results for weeks. The year ended with no U.S. president-elect. In January 1877, Congress appointed an electoral commission to laboriously re-count the entire vote and settle the dispute. On March 2, the commission announced that Hayes had 185 electoral votes and Samuel Tilden 184. If only one of the 20 disputed electoral votes had gone to him, Tilden would have been elected. His popular vote was 4,284,020, and Hayes at 4,036,572.

A collection of highly romantic love letters from Ronald Reagan to actress Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952, was published in September 2000 and became a best-seller.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.

Posted : 8 years ago

John Tyler was the first president to marry while in office.

U.S. President George Washington, the first president, was the first person to breed roses in the United States. George Washington laid out his own garden at Mount Vernon and filled it with his own selections of roses. He named one of his varieties after his mother and it is still being grown today.

The White House purchased 12 tons of jelly beans during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

One Native American has served as vice president of the United States. Charles Curtis of Kansas was President Herbert Hoover’s vice president. Curtis’s mother was a full-blooded member of the Kaw tribe.

Posted : 8 years ago

The first president to have been chosen by the House of Representatives was Thomas Jefferson (ties between him and Aaron Burr).

The last president to not attend college was Harry Truman. Regardless, there is a college named after him, in Chicago, Illinois.

The Star-Spangled Banner was chosen as the U.S.’s national anthem while Herbert Hoover was president.

Andrew Johnson was also the only former president elected to the U.S. Senate.

Millard Fillmore’s wife Abigail was the first one to set up the White House Library.

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