Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fun Presidential Facts

Happy Election Day!

If you haven't done so already, go out and vote!

If you have, sit back and watch the polling results with a few fun facts about former presidents!

  • Candidate with highest popular vote: Reagan (1984), 54,455,075.

  • Candidate with highest electoral vote: Reagan (1984), 525.

  • Candidate carrying most states: Nixon (1972) and Reagan (1984), 49.

  • Candidate running most times: Norman Thomas (Socialist Party), six (1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948).

  • Candidate elected, defeated, then reelected: Cleveland (1884, 1888, 1892).

  • Fourteen Presidents served as vice presidents: J. Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, L. Johnson, Ford, and George Bush.

  • Kennedy and Taft are the only presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Lincoln, Jefferson, F. Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy, and Eisenhower are portrayed on U.S. coins.

  • Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson, Grant, McKinley, Cleveland, Madison, and Wilson are portrayed on U.S. paper currency.

Finally, one of my favorite former presidents - Teddy Roosevelt.

  • Theodore Roosevelt(26th President): Graduated Harvard College (1880) Vice President under McKinley. On November 18, 1903 the U. S. and Panama signed a treaty for a canal under U. S. sovereignty. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for arbitrating the end of the Russo-Jananese War. As a child, Roosevelt suffered asthma attacks and was too sickly to attend school. At 42, Roosevelt was the youngest president. The teddy bear is named for him. He lost the sight in one eye while boxing in the White House. He had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence. He was the first president to travel outside the U.S. - Panama. Roosevelt craved attention. It was said that he wanted to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.

These fun facts and more can be found at http://www.littleknownfactsshow.com/presidents.html

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