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Updated on February 12, 2009

Presidential Tidbits

Some interesting things about our U.S. Presidents. In light of the upcoming elections I did a little reading on some of our past presidents.

First let's start the ball rolling with the other time we had a woman running for a major office. Note since the women vote of 1920, no woman has won a nomination for President yet. However with Hilary Clinton the seriousness of it is real.

1984 Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro on the Democrat ticket ran for office. Ronald Reagan and George Bush trumped them outright. (This election is going to be a lot closer than that one I think - might even be a surprise).

1960 First Roman Catholic - John F. Kennedy elected to office, all other Presidents where Protestants.

Till this election all have been white, so one way or another we are going to break new ground (Black President or Woman Vice President).

Youngest President: Two ways

  1. In office Theodore Roosevelt- 42 taking office after William McKinley's assassination.
  2. Elected wise John F. Kennedy - 43

Oldest President: Ronald Reagan at age 69 (with McCain getting in we get a double hitter the oldest and a Woman for VP)

First US born president: 1788 Martin Van Buren - eighth ( till then all the others had been British subjects - only by the revolution did they become US citizens)


  1. Natural born
  2. Lived in the United States for a minimum of 14 years
  3. At least 35 years of age.

First President - George Washington 1789-1797 Note the fable of I cannot tell a lie seems to be traced back to Mason Locke Weems who wrote a biography of George Washington. Published in 1806 - seven years after Washington's death.

Family Business:

  1. George H. W. Bush (41st) and George W. Bush (42nd) - Father Son
  2. John Adams (second) and John Quincy Adams (sixth) - Father Son
  3. Theodore Roosevelt (26th) and Franklin Roosevelt (32nd) - Distant cousins

Non Elected President - in other words never ran with the President as the Vice President but was appointed as VP and became president: Gerald Ford 1974-1977. He took over Spiro Agnew's place (he resigned). Then after 8 months Richard Nixon resigned under the Watergate Scandal.

Shortest Office holder William Henry Harrison (9th) 30 days also the second oldest President after Reagan.

Longest Office holder Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32) 12years 39 days

Deaths in The Office:

  1. William Henry Harrison (9th) 30 days died of complications arising from the common cold.
  2. Zachary Taylor (12th) died of possible food poisoning (suspicion of murder by poisoning was put forth by Clara Rising)
  3. Abraham Linclon (16th) Assassinated April 15, 1865
  4. James A. Garfield (20th) Assassinated September 19, 1881(date of death due to complications of the assassination)
  5. William McKinley, Jr, (25th) Assassinated September 14, 1901 (date of death due to complications of the assassination)
  6. Warren Gamaliel Harding (29th) Heart attack (but there is a murder suspicion as there was immenient impeachment) August 2, 1923
  7. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32) April 12, 1945 cerebral hemorrhage.
  8. John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy Assassinated November 22, 1963 (Conspiracy theories abound )


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    • eaglegordon profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      With McCain picking Palin for his running mate. He definitely spiced up this election, even more. We have a very interesting combination put before us The oldest to be, Black to be and finally a Woman possiblility.

    • RGraf profile image

      Rebecca Graf 

      12 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very interesting! I remember many of them from school days. You are right. No matter who wins, we see history being made. That part is very exciting.

      Great hub.


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