10 Presidential Facts to Teach Your Child on Election Day
Every four years, on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November, we complete our civic duty at the polls and anxiously await the results of a presidential election. As you head home this year, pass the time by learning 10 fun facts about previous U.S. presidents.
1. While Barack Obama is recognized as the 44th president of the United States, only 43 men have held the office. Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, is counted twice as our 22nd and 24th Commander in Chief.
2. Martin Van Buren was the first natural-born American to become Commander in Chief.
3. John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush are the only four presidents to win a presidential election after losing the popular vote.
4. A New Hampshire delegate in the 1820 election cast his electoral vote against James Monroe to uphold George Washington’s status as the only president to be elected unanimously into office.
5. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents who have been impeached. Both were later acquitted by the Senate.
6. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel abroad while in office.
7. Gerald Ford was the only president to never be elected to office. He became vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned, and he became president when Richard Nixon resigned.
8. Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states. He was also the first and only president to resign from office.
9. There is a 30 year age difference between the youngest and oldest candidates to win a presidential election. John F. Kennedy was elected at the age of 43, while Ronald Reagan was reelected at the age of 73. Despite all that, Theodore Roosevelt is the youngest person to serve in office. He stepped in at the age of 42 after President William McKinley was assassinated.
10. John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush are the only two presidents whose fathers served as Commander in Chief before them.