Presidential Trivia (Part I)

...stuff you may not know

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)

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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