Monday, February 16, 2015

Top 10 Interesting Facts and Lessons About the Presidents

Abraham Lincoln was the tallest  U.S. President at 6'4"
James Madison was the shortest U.S. President at 5'4".

Franklin Roosevelt! Was driven to Congress in Al Capone's limousine when the Secret Service needed a car to drive President Roosevelt to Congress to make his speech on Pearl Harbor the day after the attack. The Treasury Department had impounded Al Capone's armored car years earlier, so they decided that was the safest transportation.

Secret retreat: First known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was originally built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the WPA. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938. In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it "Shangri-La" (for the fictional Himalayan paradise). Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David.

John F. Kennedy was the youngest president (43)  elected to office The youngest person to assume office was Theodore Roosevelt (age 42), who became president following William McKinley 's assassination.  
 Ronald Reagan was the oldest president to assume office at 69 years, 349 days on January 20, 1981.

Gerald Ford was the oldest living president. He lived 93 years. I went to see him lying in state at the Capitol Building and got to sign the condolence card, one person per family were permitted to do so.Ford died on the 34th anniversary of President Harry Truman's death

Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826.

More presidents were born in Virginia than any other state with 8, almost the first 5 presidents to be exact if it wasn't for John Adams, that rebel. Ohio is 2nd with 7. Can you name the Virginians?  Okay without Google can you at least name one from Pennsylvania. He was also the only one to remain a bachelor. Why were the folks from Virginia so popular?

To date, two sets of fathers and sons became President of the United States, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams and George H.W Bush and George W.  Bush, a possible hat trick if former governor Jeb Bush runs for and wins the next presidential election.



More information on the Presidents of the United States
 
Worldhistoryproject.org has a great website with educational games for kids, this link focuses on the United States Presidents.  If you believe you are smarter than a 5th grader take the challenges offered.

Click around on the U.S. Mint website for more fun stuff.

Americanhistory.si.edu also offers a great link for reference and teaching aids.

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