Surprising facts about all 46 US presidents (2023)

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George Washington (1789-1797)- Washington never ran for the presidency for any political party, and actually warned of the dangers of political parties in his farewell address.

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John Adams (1797-1801)- Adams traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, along with Thomas Jefferson. Both cut off pieces of one of the playwright’s chair to take home wood chips as souvenirs.

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Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)- Along with James Madison, Jefferson was once arrested in Vermont for taking a carriage ride on a Sunday, violating a state law. He apparently liked getting in trouble with future and former presidents.

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James Madison (1809-1817)- The Father of the Constitution was the shortest and lightest president standing at 5 ft 4 in and weighing less than 100 lbs.

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James Monroe (1817-1825)- The capital of Liberia, Monrovia, is named after Monroe.

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John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)- Adams liked to skinny dip in the Potomac River, which is the reason he became the first president to be interviewed by a woman. The story goes that journalist Anne Royall knew about Adams’ 5 am swims, and so she went to the river and sat on his clothes until he agreed to give her an interview.

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Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)- Jackson participated in many duels. In one of them, he was hit in the chest by a bullet before killing his opponent, Charles Dickinson. Jackson carried that bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.

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Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)- Van Buren was the first president born in the United States as a country. All presidents that preceded him were born when the US was still a British colony.

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William Henry Harrison (1841)- Harrison had a pet goat with him at the White House during his short tenure as president.

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John Tyler (1841-1845) - Tyler was the only president to hold office in the Confederacy.

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Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)- Taylor didn’t receive notification of his nomination for presidency until several days after the fact. That’s because he refused all postage due correspondence.

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Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)- Fillmore refused an honorary degree from Oxford University, contending that he had "neither literary nor scientific attainment."

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Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)- Pierce was arrested in 1853 for running over a woman with his horse. The charges were later dropped for insufficient evidence.

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James Buchanan (1857-1861)- Buchanan is the only bachelor president. He remained unmarried his entire life.

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Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)- Lincoln was a fan of Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

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Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)- Johnson was the first president to be impeached. His offense was violating the Tenure of Office Act when he attempted to remove the then-Secretary of War from office. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.

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Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)- Grant was fined for riding his horse too fast down Washington Street.

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Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)- Hayes signed the act that allowed women to plead before the Supreme Court.

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James A. Garfield (1881)- Garfield was not only ambidextrous, but he could also write in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other. At the same time.

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Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)- Arthur is regarded by many historians as the president who added “so help me God” to the presidential oath.

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Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)- Before marrying his wife Frances Folsom, Cleveland was the girl’s legal guardian. Folsom was the daughter of his law partner. He took custody of her when she was 11 years old, after her father died, and they married a decade later.

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Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)- The body of Harrison’s father was stolen and sold to Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati by grave robbers. The body was later recovered and reburied.

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Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)- Cleveland is the only president to have served two non-consecutive terms.

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William McKinley (1897-1901)- After being shot, McKinley was taken to the hospital in an electric ambulance, which makes him the first president to ride in a self-propelled vehicle.

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Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)- A political cartoon about a bear hunting trip Roosevelt took in 1902 is believed to be the inspiration for the teddy bear.

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William Howard Taft (1909-1913)- Taft served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, making him the only president to serve as the head of two branches of government. As Chief Justice, he swore in Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover to the presidency.

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Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)- Wilson is the most educated US president. He had a doctorate in political science and history from Johns Hopkins University.

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Warren Harding (1921-1923)- Harding suffered nervous breakdowns when he was 24 and spent some time in a sanitarium.

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Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)- Coolidge was born on July 4, making him the only president to share America’s birthday.

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Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)- Hoover was an orphan. His first job involved picking bugs off potato plants. He later also worked in a mine.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)- Before running for president in 1932, FDR unsuccessfully ran as vice president with James Cox.

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Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)- The S in his name doesn’t stand for anything as he had no middle name. Editors are still unsure about whether to follow the letter with a period, though Truman himself did.

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Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961)- While serving in World War II, Eisenhower had an affair with Kay Summersby, a driver who later wrote a book in which she claimed he was impotent.

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Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)- Johnson apparently invited staffers into the bathroom to continue conversations while he relieved himself.

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Richard Nixon (1969-1974)- Nixon’s name is the third most recognized Western name in China. He is preceded only by Jesus Christ and Elvis Presley.

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Gerald Ford (1974-1977)- Before becoming president, Ford was a model and appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan.

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Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)- Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital. He is also the only president to officially claim to have seen a UFO.

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Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)- In the 1984 election, Reagan won in all states but Minnesota, where he lost by a small margin. He also lost in D.C.

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George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)- Bush Sr. threw up in the then-Japanese Prime Minister’s lap, an incident that gave birth to a new word in Japanese: Bushusuru, meaning “to do the Bush.”

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Bill Clinton (1993-2001)- Clinton is the winner of two Grammy Awards: one in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album For Children, and the second in 2005 for Best Spoken Word for the audiobook, ‘My Life.’

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George W. Bush (2001-2009)- Bush Jr. was a head cheerleader his senior year at Phillips Academy.

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Barack Obama (2009-2017)- Obama has read every ‘Harry Potter’ book. He also collects ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Conan The Barbarian’ comics.

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Donald J. Trump (2017-2021)-

Trump's wife, Melania, cuts his hair.

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Joe Biden (2021- )-

Joe Biden is the oldest candidate to be elected president. At the time of his inauguration he is 78 years old.

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FAQs

Who was the 52 president of the United States? ›

Presidents & VPs / Sessions of Congress
No.PresidentCongresses
21.Chester A. Arthur47, 48
22.Grover Cleveland49, 50
23.Benjamin Harrison51, 52
24.Grover Cleveland53, 54
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Have there been 45 or 46 presidents? ›

There have been 46 presidencies (including the current one, Joe Biden, whose term began in 2021), and 45 different individuals have served as president. Grover Cleveland was elected to two nonconsecutive terms, and as such is considered the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.

How many of the 46 presidents are still alive? ›

There are five living former presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. The most recent to die was George H. W. Bush, on November 30, 2018.

Who was the cutest president? ›

The definitive list of the 10 hottest US presidents
  • #8 James Monroe: 5th President (1817-1825) ...
  • #7 Abraham Lincoln: 16th President (1861-1865) ...
  • #6 Harry S. ...
  • #5 Ulysses S. ...
  • #4 Ronald Reagan: 40th President (1981-1989) ...
  • #3 Barack Obama: 44th President (2009-2017) ...
  • #2 John F. ...
  • #1 Franklin Pierce: 14th President (1853-1857)
21 Feb 2022

Which president had a pet alligator? ›

Did you know President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? He kept it in a bathtub in the East Room of the White House. But President Adams wasn't the only commander-in-chief with an unusual pet.

Can a vice president be fired? ›

2 Offices Eligible for Impeachment. Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Who are the 4 presidents assassinated? ›

Few events in U.S. history remain as chilling—and yet beguiling—as the assassinations of presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy.

Who were the last 5 Vice Presidents? ›

There are currently five living former vice presidents: Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and Mike Pence.

How many presidents had slaves in the White House? ›

A: According to surviving documentation, at least nine presidents either brought with them or hired out enslaved individuals to work at the White House: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk, and Zachary Taylor.

Who were the 8 presidents before George Washington? ›

Several men held the position: John Hanson (Nov 5 1781 – Nov 3 1782), Elias Boudinot (Nov 4 1782 – Nov 2 1783), Thomas Mifflin (Nov 3 1783 – Nov 29 1784), Richard Henry Lee (Nov 30 1784 – Nov 22 1785), John Hancock (Nov 23 1785 – Jun 5 1786), Nathaniel Gorham (Jun 6 1786 – Feb 1 1787), Arthur St.

Which President number was Abraham Lincoln? ›

Abraham Lincoln became the United States' 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.

How many 1st ladies are still alive? ›

There are five living former first ladies: Rosalynn Carter, married to Jimmy Carter; Hillary Clinton, married to Bill Clinton; Laura Bush, married to George W. Bush, Michelle Obama, married to Barack Obama; and Melania Trump, married to Donald Trump.

How many presidents were not born in the United States? ›

Answer and Explanation: Every president was born in the country that is now known as the United States. However, the first eight presidents were born in America when it still consisted of 13 British colonies.

How many first ladies are still alive? ›

As of 2022, there are five living former first ladies: Rosalynn Carter (wife of Jimmy Carter), Hillary Clinton (wife of Bill Clinton), Laura Bush (wife of George W. Bush), Michelle Obama (wife of Barack Obama), and Melania Trump (wife of Donald Trump).

Which president was the best person? ›

Abraham Lincoln has taken the highest ranking in each survey and George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt have always ranked in the top five while James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin Pierce have been ranked at the bottom of all four surveys.

Do ex presidents fly commercial? ›

Former presidents almost always fly on private jets, so you will rarely find them on commercial airliners. There are exceptions, though, such as Jimmy Carter who was seen flying on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. for former President Trump's inauguration.

Is Franklin Pierce the hottest president? ›

Franklin Pierce

Handsome Frank: He is widely considered to be the "hottest" president in American history.

Which president had a racoon? ›

Rebecca was a raccoon kept as a pet by US president Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge. Washington D.C.

Which president had a pet pig? ›

Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, and Father O'Grady; Maude the pig; Josiah the badger; Eli Yale the blue macaw; Baron Spreckle the hen; a one-legged rooster; a hyena; a barn owl; Peter the rabbit; and Algonquin the pony. President Roosevelt loved the pets as much as his children did.

Which president had a one-legged chicken? ›

Theodore Roosevelt's pet one-legged rooster . [Between 1910 and 1920?]

Can anyone override the president? ›

Congress can override a veto by passing the act by a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate. (Usually an act is passed with a simple majority.) This check prevents the President from blocking an act when significant support for it exists.

Has a US president ever been jailed? ›

William Henry West (September 1842 – September 6, 1915) was an African American soldier and police officer in Washington, DC said to have arrested United States President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. This is the only known record of a sitting US president being arrested.

Who can impeach the president? ›

The United States Constitution provides that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment" (Article I, section 2) and "the Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments …

Who is the most forgotten president? ›

Harrison is one of the least well-known presidents among the general public; a 2012 article in New York selected Harrison as the "most forgotten president." Harrison is the only president to be preceded and succeeded by the same individual. He is also the only president to be the grandson of another president.

What president only served 31 days? ›

William Henry Harrison, an American military officer and politician, was the ninth President of the United States (1841), the oldest President to be elected at the time. On his 32nd day, he became the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history.

How many attempts were made on Adolf Hitler's life? ›

6 Assassination Attempts on Adolf Hitler - HISTORY.

What is in the 12th Amendment? ›

Passed by Congress December 9, 1803, and ratified June 15, 1804, the 12th Amendment provided for separate Electoral College votes for President and Vice President, correcting weaknesses in the earlier electoral system which were responsible for the controversial Presidential Election of 1800.

Has a vice president ever been removed from office? ›

No United States vice presidents have been impeached.

How much is US President salary? ›

On May 14th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government included a provision in the Treasury appropriations bill that would increase the President's salary to $400,000, effective January 20, 2001.

Who started slavery? ›

The oldest known slave society was the Mesopotamian and Sumerian civilisations located in the Iran/Iraq region between 6000-2000BCE.

Which president did not have slaves? ›

Of the U.S.' first twelve presidents, the only two never to own slaves were John Adams, and his son John Quincy Adams; the first of which famously said that the American Revolution would not be complete until all slaves were freed.

What was the last state to free slaves? ›

Slavery's final legal death in New Jersey occurred on January 23, 1866, when in his first official act as governor, Marcus L. Ward of Newark signed a state Constitutional Amendment that brought about an absolute end to slavery in the state.

Who was president for 1 day? ›

A plaque affixed to a statue in Plattsburg, Missouri, reads, "David Rice Atchison, 1807–1886, President of United States One Day." The day of Atchison's presumed presidency was March 4, 1849.

Who was president in 1776? ›

George Washington
PresidentJames Madison
Preceded byRichard Terrick (1776)
Succeeded byJohn Tyler (1859)
Delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress
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Who was technically the first president? ›

In November 1781, John Hanson became the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation. Many people have argued that John Hanson, and not George Washington, was the first President of the United States, but this is not quite true.

Who ended slavery? ›

On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submitting the proposed amendment to the state legislatures. The necessary number of states (three-fourths) ratified it by December 6, 1865.

Who started the Civil War? ›

At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Less than 34 hours later, Union forces surrendered. Traditionally, this event has been used to mark the beginning of the Civil War.

What President was elected 4 terms? ›

Smith as “the Happy Warrior.” In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York. He was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms. By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed.

What president did not have a wife? ›

Tall, stately, stiffly formal in the high stock he wore around his jowls, James Buchanan was the only President who never married.

What president has been impeached the most? ›

Presidents. While there have been demands for the impeachment of most presidents, only three — Andrew Johnson in 1868 , Bill Clinton in 1999 and Donald Trump in 2019. A second impeachment of Donald Trump was adopted, making him the first US President to be impeached twice.

Which president died of pneumonia? ›

William Henry Harrison

Which President is not on Mount Rushmore? ›

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Can you be US president if born in another country? ›

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident ...

Can you run for President if you are not born in the US? ›

U.S. Constitutional Requirements for Presidential Candidates

The president must: Be a natural-born citizen of the United States. Be at least 35 years old.

What presidents died on July 4th? ›

It is a fact of American history that three Founding Father Presidents—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe—died on July 4, the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? On July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law's home in New York City.

Who was the youngest First Lady? ›

Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America's Youngest First Lady.

What do we call the husband of a female president? ›

While there has never been a male spouse of a U.S. president, "first gentleman" is used in the United States for the male spouse of a mayor or governor. First spouse and first partner, both rare variations of the title, can be used in either case where the spouse of a political leader is of any gender.

What are some interesting facts about the first president? ›

Unanimously elected President of the United States twice, George Washington played an essential part in shaping the role and function of the President of the United States.
  • President Washington never lived in Washington, D.C. ...
  • George Washington established the tradition of a cabinet of advisors.

What's a cool random fact? ›

Fun Facts and Trivia
  • It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. ...
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A shrimp's heart is in its head.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Who was the fastest president? ›

The List 12 Fastest U.S. Presidents
  • 8.) Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) ...
  • 7.) John Adams (1797-1801) ...
  • 6.) Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) ...
  • 5.) John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) ...
  • 4.) Lyndon B. ...
  • 3.) Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) ...
  • 2.) Ulysses S. ...
  • 1.) Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
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Who was the only president that was a doctor? ›

Woodrow Wilson, a leader of the Progressive Movement, was the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921).

What presidents died on July 4th? ›

It is a fact of American history that three Founding Father Presidents—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe—died on July 4, the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? On July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law's home in New York City.

Who was technically the first president? ›

In November 1781, John Hanson became the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation. Many people have argued that John Hanson, and not George Washington, was the first President of the United States, but this is not quite true.

What is the craziest fact in the world? ›

Honeybees flap their wings 230 times every second. At birth, a panda cub is smaller than a mouse and weighs only four ounces. Horses and cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream when lying down. Koala fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from humans' — so much so, they can taint crime scenes!

Did U Know scary facts? ›

Scary Facts to Make Your Skin Crawl
  • Humans shed skin too. Like, a lot of skin. ...
  • We could solve American homelessness easier than you think. On average, there are over 17,000,000 vacant homes in America at any given time. ...
  • Your cellphone is more disgusting than a public toilet.
4 May 2020

Did you know facts for 7 year olds? ›

Amazing you
  • Your body has more than 600 muscles in it. ...
  • Every day a little bit of your skin dries up and falls off, becoming dust. ...
  • Your eyes blink all day long to keep them clean.
  • Each of your hands has 14 finger bones.
  • After about age 30, people start shrinking – they get a bit shorter every year.

What president died of food poisoning? ›

Zachary Taylor
BornNovember 24, 1784 Barboursville, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJuly 9, 1850 (aged 65) Washington, U.S.
Cause of deathStomach disease
Resting placeZachary Taylor National Cemetery
23 more rows

Which president was never married? ›

He remains the only President to be elected from Pennsylvania and to remain a lifelong bachelor. Tall, stately, stiffly formal in the high stock he wore around his jowls, James Buchanan was the only President who never married.

Who was president for one day? ›

A plaque affixed to a statue in Plattsburg, Missouri, reads, "David Rice Atchison, 1807–1886, President of United States One Day." The day of Atchison's presumed presidency was March 4, 1849.

What are 3 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln? ›

At 6 foot, 4 inches, Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president. ➢ Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies. ➢ Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture.

What are 5 facts about John Adams? ›

Fast Facts
  • NAME: John Adams.
  • NICKNAME: Father of American Independence, Father of the American Navy.
  • BORN: October 30, 1735, in Quincy, Massachusetts.
  • DIED: July 4, 1826, in Quincy, Massachusetts.
  • TIME IN OFFICE: March 4, 1797, to March 3, 1801.
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Thomas Jefferson.
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Federalist.

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