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In honor of President’s Day, our children in schools all across the United States are learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. George Washington led this country to freedom as an American Revolutionary War hero, and soon after became our nation’s first President. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was known for his leadership of our country during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was also the president that issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.
Some quick fun facts about our presidents — courtesy of Little Known Facts Show:
- THE TALLEST president was Lincoln at 6'4"; at 5'4", Madison was the shortest.
- WASHINGTON, JEFFERSON, Lincoln, Jackson, Grant, McKinley, Cleveland, Madison, and Wilson are portrayed on U.S. paper currency.
- BARACK OBAMA is our 44th president, but there actually have only been 43 presidents: Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.
- EIGHT PRESIDENTS were born British subjects: Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J. Q. Adams, Jackson, and W. Harrison.
- EIGHT PRESIDENTS never attended college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, and Cleveland. The college that has the most presidents as alumni (seven in total) is Harvard: J. Adams, J. Q. Adams, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, J. F. Kennedy, and George W. Bush.
- PRESIDENTS WHO would be considered "Washington outsiders" (i.e., the 18 presidents who never served in Congress) are: Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Taylor, Grant, Arthur, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover, F. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and G. W. Bush.
- THE MOST COMMON religious affiliation among presidents has been Episcopalian, followed by Presbyterian.
- THE ANCESTRY of all 44 presidents is limited to the following heritages, or some combination thereof: Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss, German , and African.
- THE OLDEST president inaugurated was Reagan (age 69); the youngest was Kennedy (age 43). Theodore Roosevelt, however, was the youngest man to become president––he was 42 when he succeeded McKinley, who had been assassinated.
- 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.
As we prepare for our 3-day weekend, some US based companies across the nation prepare to celebrate with discounts on their goods and services! We hope you enjoy the sales, the time off with your families and take a moment to reflect on our history and honor the past and present leaders of our country. dotUS wishes you a Happy Presidents' Day!