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President’s Day FUN Facts

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  • George Washington was the only president unanimously elected, meaning all of the state representatives voted for him.
  • John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4th, 1826. This day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence.
  • James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson were the tallest presidents at 6 feet 4 inches tall.
  • Abraham Lincoln often stored things like letters and documents in his tall stove-piped hat.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television during a 1939 broadcast from the World’s Fair.
  • At 42 years, 10 months, 18 days old Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest man to hold the office of president. Donald Trump is the oldest at 70 years and 7 months.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout.
  • Andrew Jackson was shot in the chest during a gun dual, but managed to stay standing and shoot and kill his opponent. The bullet could not be safely removed and remained in his chest for the next 40 years.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a citizen of the United States. The presidents before him were born as British subjects.
  • William Henry Harrison was the 9th president. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd president.
  • James K. Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken while in office.
  • William Henry Harrison died just 32 days after becoming president. He died from a cold he got while standing in the rain giving his inauguration speech.
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