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US Presidents: Details

Superlatives and Uniques

11789–97 The only one who never lived at the White House Click to show or hide the answer
7 1829–37 The Democratic Party's first president Click to show or hide the answer
Paid off the US national debt in 1835 – the only president to do so – but was blamed for the so–called 'Panic of 1837' which followed
9 1841 Shortest–serving (died of natural causes, exactly one month after taking office) Click to show or hide the answer
151857–61 The only unmarried president Click to show or hide the answer
16 1861–5 The Republican Party's first president Click to show or hide the answer
The tallest ever president (6' 4½")
171865–9 First to be impeached (1867 and 1868); he survived the second by one vote (35 to 19 – a 2/3 majority is required to remove the President from office) Click to show or hide the answer
221885–9 The only president to serve two non–consecutive terms (Benjamin Harrison, 1889–93, was No. 23) Click to show or hide the answer
241893–7
26 1901–9 Youngest ever (aged 42 years 323 days) Click to show or hide the answer
First US citizen to win a Nobel prize
First US president to ride in a motor car or fly in an aeroplane
301923–9 First to address the nation by radio (1923) Click to show or hide the answer
321933–45 Longest–serving; re–elected for a 4th term in 1944, but died in 1945 Click to show or hide the answer
341953–61 Last to have been born in the 19th century (1890) Click to show or hide the answer
35 1961–3 First to have been born in the 20th century (1917) Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest to be elected (aged 43 – T. Roosevelt succeeded McKinley and was only elected in 1904, three years later, aged 45)
First Catholic
36 1963–9 Elected (in 1964) with a record 61.05% of the popular vote Click to show or hide the answer
37 1969–74 First to visit China while in office Click to show or hide the answer
First to visit all 50 states
First to resign
381974–7 The only one not elected as either President or Vice–President Click to show or hide the answer
40 1981–9 The first one that was divorced (and the only one before Trump) Click to show or hide the answer
45 2017– Oldest to be elected (70 years, 153 days) and oldest to take office (70 years 220 days) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Deaths in office

Natural causes

9 1841 Pneumonia, or typhoid Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
12 1849–50 Food poisoning Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
29 1921–3 Cerebral haemorrhage Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
32 1933–45 Cerebral haemorrhage (stroke) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Assassinations

16 1861–5 John Wilkes Booth Ford's Theatre, Washington Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
20 1881 Charles J. Guiteau Baltimore and Potomac Railway Station, Washington Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
25 1887–1901 Leon Czolgosz Temple of Music, Buffalo, NY Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
35 1961–3 Lee Harvey Oswald Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Successors to Deceased Presidents

In the following table, the numbers in the first column are the ordinal numbers of the succeeding presidents.

Each of these successors had been Vice President to the respective deceased President.

10 1841 William H. Harrison Natural causes Click to show or hide the answer
13 1849 Zachary Taylor Natural causes Click to show or hide the answer
17 1865 Abraham Lincoln Assassinated Click to show or hide the answer
21 1881 James Garfield Assassinated Click to show or hide the answer
26 1901 William McKinley Assassinated Click to show or hide the answer
30 1923 Warren Harding Natural causes Click to show or hide the answer
33 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt Natural causes Click to show or hide the answer
36 1963 John F. Kennedy Assassinated Click to show or hide the answer

Mount Rushmore

1 1789–97 Click to show or hide the answer
3 1801–9 Click to show or hide the answer
16 1861–5 Click to show or hide the answer
26 1901–9 Click to show or hide the answer

Other

11789–97 Said to have destroyed his father's cherry tree Click to show or hide the answer
21797–1801 First to live in the White House Click to show or hide the answer
31801–9 Architect of the Virginia State Capitol Click to show or hide the answer
Principal author of the Declaration of Independence
51817–25 Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, is named after Click to show or hide the answer
61825–9 Son of John Adams, 2nd president Click to show or hide the answer
71829–37 Nicknamed Old Hickory Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Tennessee, he was the first president who didn't come from one of the original 13 colonies
Killed a man in a duel, because he insulted his wife
91841 Oldest to take office, before Reagan (68 years and 23 days, when sworn in; died exactly one month (31 days) later) Click to show or hide the answer
111845–9 Established the border with Canada Click to show or hide the answer
16 1861–5 Ghost said to haunt the White House Click to show or hide the answer
221885–9 Dedicated the Statue of Liberty, 1886 Click to show or hide the answer
25 1897–1901 Gave his name to the USA's highest peak Click to show or hide the answer
26 1901–9 Gave his name to the teddy bear Click to show or hide the answer
Ran against Taft in 1912, after losing the Republican nomination, as leader of the Progressive Party – colloquially known as the Bull Moose Party
Coined (or at least popularised) the terms 'lunatic fringe' and 'weasel words'
271909–13 (The only one except JFK) buried in Arlington Cemetery Click to show or hide the answer
281913–21 President throughout World War I; won re–election in 1916 with the slogan "He kept us out of the war" (the USA entered the war in April 1917) Click to show or hide the answer
Signed the Treaty of Versailles
Introduced prohibition
29 1921–3 Incumbency dogged by personal scandals; consistently ranked as the worst president ever Click to show or hide the answer
311929–33 President at the time of the Wall Street Crash (October 1929) Click to show or hide the answer
32 1933–45 Took the USA into WWII after Pearl Harbor Click to show or hide the answer
Last Democrat before Clinton (1996) to be re–elected
Last words "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head"
There is a memorial in Grosvenor Square, London, to
33 1945–53 Established the CIA (1947) Click to show or hide the answer
Sign on desk: "The buck stops here"
Authorised the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
34 1953–61 Last before Trump not to have held any previous political office Click to show or hide the answer
A career soldier, as a five–star general he planned and supervised the Allied invasion of North Africa and the D–Day landings, both in World War II; later served as the first Supreme Commander of NATO
Named Camp David after his grandson
Memorial in Grosvenor Square, London
35 1961–3 Second youngest (43 years 236 days) Click to show or hide the answer
Senator for Massachusetts, 1953–60
Memorial at Runnymede, Surrey
Term of office known as 'the 1,000 days'
361963–9 Sworn in on an aeroplane (Boeing 707) Click to show or hide the answer
37 1969–74 Senator for California, 1950–3 Click to show or hide the answer
President at the time of the first manned moon landing – made the first telephone call to the Moon, on 20 July 1969
Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being accused of tax evasion and fraud and was replaced by Gerald Ford
38 1974–7 Born Leslie Lynch King Click to show or hide the answer
Survived two assassination attempts in 17 days (September 1975: by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromm and Sarah Jane Moore) Click for more information
Appeared as himself in an episode of Dynasty, along with his wife Betty and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1983 – 6 years after leaving office)
40 1981–9 Oldest to take office, before Trump (69 years and 248 days when sworn in) Click to show or hide the answer
Former Governor of California (1967–75)
Nicknamed 'the Great Communicator'
41 1989–93 Former WWII pilot Click to show or hide the answer
Director of the CIA, 1976/7
The last Vice–President (to date) to go on to become President
42 1993–2001 Former Governor of Arkansas Click to show or hide the answer
Third youngest (after T. Roosevelt and Kennedy)
Born William Jefferson Blythe III
43 2001–9 Son of the 41st president Click to show or hide the answer
Former Governor of Texas
Fainted after choking on a pretzel (13 Jan 2002 – one week before the 1st anniversary of his inauguration)
Owned a share of Texas Rangers baseball team, 1989–99
44 2009–17 Former (junior) senator for Illinois (2005–8) Click to show or hide the answer
Elected on the slogan "Yes, we can"

© Haydn Thompson 2016