DID YOU KNOW?

Bill Clinton was the first President, while in office, to be a defendant in a civil court case. He was the first to give evidence on oath to a Grand Jury and the first to have a woman Secretary of State, Madelaine Albright.

George H. W. Bush was the first President who had been Director of the CIA. In fact, Bush was the first person from any intelligence agency to become President.

Ronald Reagan was the first and only President to have been divorced, and the first to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor.

Jimmy Carter was the first sitting President to debate on TV with his main opponent, Ronald Reagan.

Gerald Ford is the first and only person to become President due to the resignation of his predecessor and the first and only to become President by succession after having been appointed Vice President. Of course, Richard Nixon was the only President to resign the office, August 9, 1974.

John F. Kennedy is the only President who was a Roman Catholic and the first to become President after debating on TV with his chief opponent, Richard Nixon.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first President who was a licensed pilot. (Since Eisenhower, both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were experienced pilots with military fighter planes.)

Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only President to be elected to four terms, to serve three terms, and he was the first to have a woman in his Cabinet, Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor. He was the first to travel abroad while the U.S. was at war and the first to appear on TV.

Calvin Coolidge is the only President born on Independence Day and the first to broadcast on radio from the White House.

Warren G. Harding is the only President who was a newspaper publisher. He was the first to broadcast live on radio. He also was first to have his funeral broadcast on radio.

William H. Taft was the first President to open the baseball season (throwing out the first pitch) by tossing the ball to a player on the field. He is the only President to become Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first to travel abroad while President (to Panama). He was the only President awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for a bona fide reason), for his role in settling a war between Japan and Russia. Barack Obama was awarded the prize in 2009 but nobody, including Obama, can figure out why.

Benjamin Harrison is the only President who was the grandson of another President. He also was the first President to have electric lights in the White House. John Quincy Adams was the first President who was the son of a former President. George W. Bush is the second.

Grover Cleveland was the first (and only) President married in the White House. He is the only President elected for a second non-consecutive term. He is the only President to have a child born in the White House. (John and Jackie Kennedy had a child while John was serving as President, but birth did not take place in the White House.)

Ulysses S. Grant was given a traffic ticket while he was President. He was fined $20 for riding his horse too fast on a Washington street.

Abraham Lincoln was the first President: Born outside the original 13 states; who had been previously granted a patent, in 1849 for a type of buoy; to suspend the writ of habeas corpus by holding Southern sympathizers in the North against their will; to choose a Vice President of a different party; to be assassinated; to have his portrait on paper money -- 1862, $10; to have his image on a U.S. coin -- 1909, 1 cent.

James Buchanan is the only President who was never married.

Franklin Pierce was the first President to affirm, not swear, the oath of office.

James K. Polk, a North Carolina native, is the only President who had been Speaker of the House. He had long been a resident of Tennessee when he became President. He also was the first to have gaslights in the White House and the first photographed while President, 1849.

John Tyler was the first to become President who was born in the United States of America, after the Constitution was ratified. He was first to become President by succession on the death of his predecessor, William H. Harrison, who was the first to die in office. Tyler was the first President: To have no Vice President; widowed in office; married while in office (June 25, 1844 in New York City, he eloped); to have a veto overridden 1845; expelled from his own party (Whig); and to be formally threatened with impeachment 1843.

Martin Van Buren was the first President born after independence and the first to have been a (U.S.) State Governor.

Andrew Jackson was the first President: born in a log cabin; who had previously fought and killed a man in a duel (still the only one); to have been nominated at a national party convention; elected with a majority of a recorded popular vote; to walk from the Capitol to the White House after his inauguration; whose assassination was attempted; to have a Cabinet nominee rejected by the Senate; and the first censured by the Senate.

John Quincy Adams, in addition to being the first President who was the son of a President, was also the first who had married in a foreign country (England). He was the first to serve in Congress after leaving office. He died after collapsing on the floor of the House.

James Monroe was the first President who had been a U.S. Senator. He also was inaugurated a day late because March 4, 1821 fell on a Sunday.

James Madison, the fourth President, was the first who had been a congressman.

Thomas Jefferson, the third President, was the first inaugurated in Washington at the Capitol. He died at his home, Monticello, on Independence Day, July 4, 1826, a few hours before John Adams died at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts.

John Adams, the second President, was the first to lose seeking re-election.

George Washington was the first President to be first. For eight years, no matter what he did, he was the first to do it.

Philosophos Historia

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See The History Professor, for timeline-oriented original documents and factual materials of historical figures and events that led to the founding of America, the evolution of the Constitution, and the political system of the USA.




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