Presidential Trivia (Part I)

...stuff you may not know

By
Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
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On this Presidents Day...some things you may not know about the 43 men who have led our nation: 

  • Five presidents never held elected office before winning the White House: Taylor, Grant,  Taft, Hoover and Eisenhower
  • Virginia has produced the most presidents, 8; Ohio is next with 7. 
  • Eight presidents died in office; four of them - Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy - were assassinated.
  • Only one president never married (Buchanan). Only one was ever divorced (Reagan). Six had no children.
  • For two years, the United States had a President and Vice-President who were not elected by the American people (Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller).
  • In addition to Al Gore in 2000, several candidates won the popular vote on election day but lost the presidency. Andrew Jackson lost to John Quincy Adams in 1824; Samuel J. Tilden lost to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876; Grover Cleveland lost to Benjamin Harrison in 1888 - and, most recently, Gore, who lost to George W. Bush.

More trivia later.  -Paul Brandus

 

 

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