List of all the Presidents
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1. George Washington, 1789-1797 20
2. John Adams, 1797-1801 16
3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809 10
4. James Madison, 1809-1817 8
5. James Monroe, 1817-1825 7
6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829 6
7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837 6
8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841 3
9. Wm. Henry Harrison, 1841 0
10. John Tyler, 1841-1845 0
11. James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 2
12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850 1
13. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853 0
14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857 1
15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861 2
16. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 7
17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869 2
18. Ulysses S Grant, 1869-1877 1
19. Rutherford B Hayes, 1877-1881 0
20. James Abram Garfield, 1881 0
21. Chester A Arthur, 1881-1885 0
22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 2
23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893 1
25. William McKinley, 1897-1901 1
26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 4
27. William Howard Taft, 1909-1913 0
28. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 3
29. Warren G Harding, 1921-1923 1
30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 0
31. Herbert C Hoover, 1929-1933 1
32. Franklin D Roosevelt, 1933-1945 2
33. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 4
34. Dwight D Eisenhower 1953-1961 1
35. John F Kennedy, 1961-1963 1
36. Lyndon B Johnson, 1963-1969 4
37. Richard M Nixon, 1969-1974 2
38. Gerald R Ford, 1974-1977 2
39. James E Carter, Jr., 1977-1981 1
40. Ronald W Reagan, 1981-1989. 2
41. George H W Bush, 1989-1993 1
42. William J Clinton, 1993-2001 2
43. George W Bush, 2001-2009 2
44. Barack Obama 2009- 2
Might I suggest in setting up threads, we not each have our own, but organize the threads around the Presidents? That way, I can properly abuse McCullough's popular attempts to redeem that rascal Adams in just one place!
Let's try to number the threads so that they can be sorted by number and keep some kind of order. i.e. 16 - Lincoln
Welcome to the group!
Since I already have my ticker setup, I'll go ahead and setup the thread.
I do remember one book I read that included biographical info about the presidencies of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson all in one book. Shall I mention it on all 3 threads?
ETA - I like the fun facts you are including on the beginning of each thread. I love trivia!
Tutu and I felt that a 4 year timeframe wouldn't put a strain on anyone in any of the other challenges.
If it's about the presidents just put it in that thread or all three.
Plus, I think there should be a thread about the First Ladies. Many of them were far more interesting that their respective spouses, and sharp and clever ladies of their times. I have a biography of Nellie Taft sitting on my TBR list, but there are lots of interesting reads out there on "Lemonade Lucy" Hayes, Dollie Madison, Abigail Adams, Mary Todd Lincoln, and the two Mrs. Wilsons, not to mention more current spouses.
Glad to see we are taking credit for some previously read bios - I read Nixon and Kissinger (a bio of both of them actually, and their interaction) this year, and will list that and post some comments on it.
This will be a challenging challenge for me - I appreciate the 4 years though!
Before he became president, Lyndon Johnson was a teacher at a small school in South Texas.
Before he became president, Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton University.
Only one president was a preacher -- James Garfield.
Did you know that William Howard Taft is the only President who served as both President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
President John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his collection of essays, Profiles in Courage.
Both George Washington and Jimmy Carter were farmers before they became president -- President Washington was a planter and a farmer at his home in Mount Vernon, and Before he was President, Jimmy Carter ran his family's peanut farm in Plains, Georgia.
Before he became president, Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator. Before that, he was an Illinois State Senator, and before that he was a community organizer in Chicago.
The President's personal office is called the oval office. Any plane he flies on is called Air Force One, and any helicopter is called Marine One.
The "S" in Harry S. Truman's name isn't short for anything. The President was named after both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. The initial honors them both.
The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in Philadelphia -- where the bell now-known as the Liberty Bell rang out to call the city's population together on July 8, 1776.
On July 9, 1776, General George Washington gave an order for the Declaration of Independence to be read to his army.
In the early part of the 19th century, a network called the Underground Railroad, which received its name in 1831, helped escaped slaves gain freedom. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped 300 slaves gain freedom during the 1800s.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship resulting from the diplomatic relationship between the United States and France.
President Lincoln owned only one home during his lifetime -- in Springfield, Ill.
President Jefferson spent more than 40 years designing and building his home in Charlottesville, VA known as Monticello. The President admired classical architecture and incorporated this style into his home.
President Jackson's estate outside of Nashville, TN was known as the Hermitage.
President Richard M. Nixon was offered a position as a player's representative to the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1965. He declined, stating that he was needed in politics. Nixon served as President from 1969 to 1974.
George H.W. Bush played first base on the Yale University team that twice reached the finals of the College World Series.
Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, could often be found keeping a perfect scorecard while watching baseball games in the presidential box.
In 1915, Woodrow Wilson became the first President to attend the World Series, where he and his fiance, Edith Gault, made their first public appearance since announcing their engagement. The President insisted on paying for his own tickets.
In 1787, just four years after the end of war with Great Britain, 55 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to replace the Articles of Confederation. The Constitutional Convention led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787.
On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.
The first day Congress conducted business under the Constitution was April 6, 1789. On this day, members of Congress counted the votes of the electors, who unanimously elected George Washington as the nation's first president.
In order to amend the Constitution, three quarters of all states must vote in favor before the proposed amendment becomes law.
*The candidate with the highest popular vote was Ronald Reagan in 1984.
*The candidate with the highest electoral vote was also Reagan in 1984 with 525.
*The candidate carrying the most states was Richard Nixon, 1979 and Reagan, 1984 with 49.
*George Washington is the only U.S. president to ever be elected unanimously. He carried all 69 electoral votes.
*The oldest person to ever be elected to office was Reagan at 69.
*The youngest person to become president was John F. Kennedy at 42.
*Until Obama, all presidents' ancestry was limited to the following seven heritages, or some combination thereof: Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss or German.
*Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states. He is also the first to visit China.
*William Taft was the first president to own a car.
*Grover Cleveland was the only president to be elected in non-consecutive terms (1885-89, 1893-97).
*Herbert Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.
*Benjamin Harrison was the only president to be a grandson of a president (William Henry Harrison) and great-grandson to a signer of the Declaration of Independence (Benjamin Harrison).
The source may be dated October 2008, but the info is a bit out of date.
Reagan's popular vote in 1984 was 54,455,472.
In 2004 the vote count was 62,040,610 for GW Bush (possibly with the help of those Diebold machines) and 59,028,439 for Kerry.
In 2008, the count was 69,438,983 for Obama and 59,930,551 for McCain.
If they meant % of popular vote, Reagan had 58.77% in 1984.
LBJ had 61.05% in 1964.
FDR had 60.80% in 1936.
Nixon had 60.67% in 1972 (although two years later you could hardly find anyone who would admit to voting for him).
Harding had 60.32% in 1920.
Hoover came close to Reagan's popular vote with 58.21% in 1928.
At the other end of the scale, John Quincy Adams took the win in 1824, although he had only 30.92% of the popular vote, and Andrew Jackson had 41.36%. The election was decided by the House of Representatives because no candidate had a majority of the electoral vote.
ETA: I used this source.
I think we are doing great and everyone seems to be getting excited.(if we keep up this pace we'll be finished well before Obama) Not surprising that George Washington and John Adams are in the lead, what does surprise me is the three tied for 3rd place - Woodrow Wilson, T Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.
Remember any questiions, suggestions, or miscellaneous insights, just put on the general thread for all to read.
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