50 Fun Facts About Presidents


fun facts about presidents

Introduction:

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The President of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The President is also the head of the nation’s economy, making major decisions on domestic and foreign policy. The president is indirectly elected by the people through the electoral college.

Facts About Presidents

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George Washington was the only U.S. president who couldn’t vote because he was a slaveholder.

John F Kennedy was the youngest U.S. president, while Ronald Reagan was the oldest.

Some presidents have had quite colorful pasta before taking office – including being pirates or bootleggers.

James Buchanan was the only president in history who never married.

LBJ was the first U.S. president to be sworn in by a woman (his wife).

Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to be impeached since Andrew Johnson in 1868.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be elected four times.

Teddy Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to ride in a car while in office.

Herbert Hoover was the first U.S. president to have a telephone in the White House.

Gerald Ford was the only U.S. president who was never elected to office – he became vice president and then president after Richard Nixon resigned.

Jimmy Carter is the only U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.

Ronald Reagan was an actor before becoming president.

George H.W Bush was a pilot in World War II.

Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar.

George W Bush played first base for Yale University’s varsity baseball team.

Barack Obama is the first U.S. president of African American descent.

John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams were the only father and son duo to serve as U.S. presidents.

Andrew Johnson was impeached after he became president following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Zachary Taylor died after just 16 months in office, the shortest tenure of any U.S. president.

James Garfield was assassinated four months into his presidency, the second shortest tenure of any U.S. president.

William McKinley was shot and killed during his second term in office – making him the only U.S. president to be assassinated while in office.

Franklin D Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be wheelchair-bound after contracting polio in 1921.

Lyndon B Johnson was the first U.S. president to be born in a log cabin.

Richard Nixon was the only U.S. president to resign from office.

Gerald Ford became the first U.S. vice president to become president without being elected when he succeeded Nixon after his resignation.

Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981, shortly after he left office.

George H.W Bush was the first U.S. president to invade Iraq in 1990.

Bill Clinton was the only U.S. president to be impeached on two separate counts – perjury and obstruction of justice.

George W Bush became the youngest U.S. president when he was elected in 2000 at the age of 54.

Barack Obama was the first U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

John F Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 led to the only time that a vice president (Lyndon B Johnson) became president and completed the full term.

Andrew Johnson was the first U.S. president to be impeached, and the only one to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have a solar panel installed on the White House roof.

George H.W Bush was the first U.S. president to lose a re-election bid.

Ronald Reagan was the first U.S. president to have Alzheimer’s disease while in office.

Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to be sued while in office.

George W Bush became the first U.S. president to invade two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) during his time in office.

Barack Obama is the only U.S. president to have been born in Hawaii.

John F Kennedy was the first U.S. president to wear a television camera while giving a speech.

Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to be interviewed on television.

Gerald Ford was the first U.S. president to pardon a former president (Richard Nixon).

Ronald Reagan was the first U.S. president to travel to Russia while in office.

George H.W Bush was the first U.S. president to father a president (George W. Bush).

Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to be impeached while in office (for perjury and obstruction of justice).

George W Bush was the first U.S. president to sign the Patriot Act into law.

Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to author a book while in office (The Audacity of Hope).

John Adams was the first U.S. president to reside in the White House.

James Buchanan was the only U.S. president who never married.

Franklin D Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be elected to more than two terms in office.

Gerald Ford was the first U.S. president to be appointed rather than elected (following Richard Nixon’s resignation).

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