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presidental quotes

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."
—Jan. 8, 1790

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." "A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition."

"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house (the White House) and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!"

"Let every sluice of knowledge be open and set a-flowing."

"The happiness of society is the end of government."

"One man with courage is a majority."

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." "The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."

"The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect."

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

"National honor is a national property of the highest value."

"The American continents . . . are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers."

"A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue." "May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right."

"America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government."

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

"The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe."

"I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way; but I am not fit to be President."

"Internal improvement and the diffusion of knowledge, so far as they can be promoted by the constitutional acts of the Federal Government, are of high importance." "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

"I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men, whose superiors it is our happiness to believe are not found on the executive calendar of any country."

"As to the Presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."

"The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital . . . if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today."

"A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged."

"But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free." "Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette—the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace."

"Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality."

"Here lies the body of my good horse, 'The General.' For twenty years he bore me around the circuit of my practice, and in all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same!"

"With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses."

"Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other."

"I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign." "For more than half a century, during which kingdoms and empires have fallen, this Union has stood unshaken. The patriots who formed it have long since descended to the grave; yet still it remains, the proudest monument to their memory. . ."

"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe."

"The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any other person."

"It is not strange . . . to mistake change for progress."

"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."

"The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not for public trust." "We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations."

"The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution."

"The revenue of the country, levied almost insensibly to the taxpayer, goes on from year to year, increasing beyond either the interests or the prospective wants of the Government."

"To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdoms no one will attempt to dispute."

"The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen."

"There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution." "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide."

"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people." "I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."

"My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent."

"The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times."

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877–1881) James Abram Garfield (1881)
"Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office seeking."

"He serves his party best who serves the country best."

"It is now true that this is God's Country, if equal rights—a fair start and an equal chance in the race of life are everywhere secured to all." "I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came."

"We can not overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government."

"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

Chester Alan Arthur (1881–1885) Stephen Grover Cleveland (1885–1889)
"Good ballplayers make good citizens."

"If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth."

"Men may die, but the fabrics of our free institutions remain unshaken."
Sept. 22, 1881
"A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out."

"Above all, tell the truth."

"It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens."

Benjamin Harrison (1889–1893) William McKinley (1897–1901)
"No other people have a government more worthy of their respect and love or a land so magnificent in extent, so pleasant to look upon, and so full of generous suggestion to enterprise and labor."

"Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith."

"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

"The disfranchisement of a single legal elector by fraud or intimidation is a crime too grave to be regarded lightly." "That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime—to set an example—and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."

"Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. It is sometimes sneeringly said by those who do not like free government, that here we count heads. True, heads are counted, but brains also . . ."

"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest."

Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909) William Howard Taft (1909–1913)
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

"Speak softly and carry a big stick."

"The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing." "The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress."

"Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick."

"Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution . ."

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1913–1921) Warren Gamaliel Harding (1921–1923)
"Some people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world."

"We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers."

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." "Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little."

""My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies . . . but my damn friends, they're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights."

"Ambition is a commendable attribute without which no man succeeds. Only inconsiderate ambition imperils."

John Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) Herbert Clark Hoover (1929–1933)
"The business of America is business."

"I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say."

"Character is the only secure foundation of the state." "Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men."

"A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents."

"Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933–1945) Harry S. Truman (1945–1953)
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

"A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers."

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." "You can not stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it."

"We need not fear the expression of ideas—we do need to fear their suppression."

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."

Dwight David Eisenhower (1953–1961) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961–1963)
"America is best described by one word, freedom."

"I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle."

"There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure." "The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly."

"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963–1969) Richard Milhous Nixon (1969–1974)
"A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right."

"You ain't learnin' nothin' when you're talkin'."

"For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. . ."

"If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves." "A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself."

"What kind of nation we will be, what kind of world we will live in, whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices."

"I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up a sports writer."

"Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."

Gerald Rudolph Ford (1974–1977) James Earl Carter, Jr. (1977–1981)
"We . . . declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper shufflers and computers."

"Truth is the glue that holds governments together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go."

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." "The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation."

"Our American values are not luxuries but necessities—not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad—greater than the bounty of our material blessings."

"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981–1989) George Herbert Walker Bush (1989–1993)
"America is too great for small dreams."

"We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth."

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." "If anyone tells you that America's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way."

"The United States is the best and fairest and most decent nation on the face of the earth."

"Don't try to fine-tune somebody else's view."

"I want a kinder, gentler nation."

William Jefferson Clinton (1993–2001) George Walker Bush (2001–)
"There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America."

"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."

"We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we have no sense of community, the American dream will wither." "Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do."

"If you don't feel something strongly you're not going to achieve."

"We will bring the terrorists to justice; or we will bring justice to the terrorists. Either way, justice will be done."


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presidental speach facts

George Washington's was the shortest inaugural address at 135 words. (1793)

Thomas Jefferson was the only president to walk to and from his inaugural. He was also the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. (1801)

The first inaugural ball was held for James Madison. (1809)

John Quincy Adams was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers. (1825)

Franklin Pierce was the first president to affirm rather than swear the oath of office (1853). Herbert Hoover followed suit in 1929.

William H. Harrison's was the longest inaugural address at 8,445 words. (1841)
Famous Presidential Speeches

Inaugural Oratory

The first inauguration to be photographed was James Buchanan's. (1857)

Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade. (1865)

James Garfield's mother was the first to attend her son's inauguration. (1881)

William McKinley's inauguration was the first ceremony to be recorded by a motion picture camera. (1897)

William Taft's wife was the first one to accompany her husband in the procession from the Capitol to the White House. (1909)

Women were included for the first time in Woodrow Wilson's second inaugural parade. (1917)

Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride to and from his inaugural in an automobile. (1921)

Calvin Coolidge's oath was administered by Chief Justice (and ex-president) William Taft. It was also the first inaugural address broadcast on the radio. (1925)

Harry Truman's was the first to be televised. (1949)

John Kennedy's inauguration had Robert Frost as the first poet to participate in the official ceremony. (1961) The only other President to feature poets was Bill Clinton. Maya Angelou read at his 1993 inaugural, and Miller Williams read at his second, in 1997. (1961)

Lyndon Johnson was the first (and so far) only president to be sworn in by a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes. (1963)

Jimmy Carter's inaugural parade featured solar heat for the reviewing stand and handicap-accessible viewing. (1977)

Ronald Reagan's second inaugural had to compete with Super Bowl Sunday. (1985)

The first ceremony broadcast on the Internet was Bill Clinton's second inauguration. (1997)

All but six presidents took the presidential oath in Washington, D.C.The exceptions were:

* George Washington—1789, New York City; 1793, Philadelphia
* John Adams—1797, Philadelphia
* Chester Alan Arthur—1881, New York City
* Theodore Roosevelt—1901, Buffalo
* Calvin Coolidge—1923, Plymouth, Vt.
* Lyndon Baines Johnson—1963, Dallas

When Washington and Adams were sworn in, the U.S. capital had not yet been transferred from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. (the latter became the seat of government beginning Dec. 1, 1800). Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, and L. B. Johnson had all been vice-presidents who assumed the presidency upon the deaths of their predecessors, and none was in Washington, D.C., when the oath of office was administered.

Except for Washington's first inaugural, when he was sworn in on April 30, 1789, all presidents until 1937 were inaugurated in March in an effort to avoid bad weather. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution (passed in 1933) changed the inaugural date to January 20. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Second Inauguration was the first to have been held on that date.

The oath is taken with a hand upon a Bible, opened to a passage of the president-elect's choice. Each president has chosen a different passage. Theodore Roosevelt's 1901 oath was the only one not sworn in on a Bible.

Between 1789 and 1993, 35 inaugurations enjoyed clear weather. During ten inaugurations it rained, and seven had snow. The warmest inauguration was Ronald Reagan's first (Jan. 20, 1981). It was 55°. The coldest was Reagan's second (Jan. 21, 1985). It was 7°.

Only four retiring presidents have not attended the inaugurations of their successors. Those who were absent:

* John Adams missed Thomas Jefferson's inaugural.
* John Quincy Adams was not present at Andrew Jackson's.
* Andrew Johnson was not at Ulysses Grant's ceremony.
* Richard Nixon was not present at Gerald Ford's inaugural.


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You should add the one guy who died because his speech was so long and cold out...He got pneumonia I think...And he soon died...He had the shortest time in office


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You should add the one guy who died because his speech was so long and cold out...He got pneumonia I think...And he soon died...He had the shortest time in office

There was no president that died because of that.


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How the presedents died. o_O

George Washington
pneumonia, aggravated by weakening of immune system (caught cold while riding on his estate, developed pneumonia, Doctors were called in and they bled him profusely with leeches [because that's what they did] to the point where he could not fight the disease. Probably would have survived with different treatment. Today, doctors believe Washington died of an acute streptococchal infection of the larynx, which caused a painful swelling of the interior of the larynx resulting in suffocation. A tracheostomy probably would have saved his life, and indeed one was suggested by the youngest doctor in attendance, Elisha Dick, but the technique was new and considered unsafe by the elder physicians.)

John Adams
debility (old age; most likely heart failure caused by arteriosclerosis)

Thomas Jefferson
debility (most likely dehydration resulting from amoebic dysentery)

James Madison

James Monroe
debility (most likey tuberculosis, caught after the onset of a cold)

John Quincy Adams
paralysis (stroke), at his desk in the House of Representatives. Adams had risen and loudly exclaimed his "No!" vote to a resolution to present swords to veterans of the Mexican War (which Adams had strongly opposed) when he became flushed and unable to speak. He then clutched his chair and fell into the arms of his fellow House members.

Andrew Jackson
comsumption, dropsy, tubercular hemorrhaging

Martin Van Buren
asthmatic suffocation

John Tyler
bilious fever, respiratory failure

James Polk
cholera morbus resulting in debilitating diarrhea (nutritive expulsion and dehydration; buildup of excretive acids in bowels and intestines)

Millard Fillmore
paralysis (cerebral hemorrhage, stroke)

Franklin Pierce
stomach inflammation, caused by years of alchohol's effects on the walls and linings of his internal organs

James Buchanan
respiratory failure, rheumatic gout

Abraham Lincoln
assassinated (actually, probably killed by doctors probing for bullet, but he would have been a "vegetable" at best had he lived)

Andrew Johnson
paralysis (stroke)

Ulysses Grant
carcinoma (cancer) of the tongue and tonsils

Rutherford Hayes
heart disease

James Garfield
assassinated (Actually, Garfield was definitely killed by his doctors probing for bullet; he would have completely recovered otherwise -- the doctors who thought the bullet went where in fact it did were overruled by their elders who thought otherwise, and who stuck unclean metal probes into the President's wounds in vain attempts to locate the bullet, introducing infection and making brand new holes and paths that just confused them all the more. The metal detector they tried would have worked to find the bullet, but they didn't think to move him off the metal bedsprings, so instead they kept poking, believing that Alexander Graham Bell's invention was useless.)

Chester Arthur
Bright's disease, apoplexy (cerebral hemorrhage, stroke)

Grover Cleveland
debility, coronary sclerosis, stroke, or intestinal obstruction (doctors differed as to the cause)

Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley
assassinated. McKinley may have been saved if doctors knew where the bullet was lodged. Since he was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY there was an interesting new invention on display only a few yards from where McKinley lay -- the X-Ray machine! If they had carried him those few yards to this exhibit, doctors could have determined the exact location of the bullet, and would have probably been able to save his life. But as fate would have it, they did not consider the possibility and he died some days later from his wounds.

Theodore Roosevelt
coronary embolism (assumed), inflammatory rheumatism

William Taft
heart attack

Woodrow Wilson
apoplexy, paralysis (stroke) -- had survived a number of minor and at least two major strokes.

Warren Harding
apoplexy (rupture of brain artery, stroke), pneumonia, and enlargement of the heart, all brought on by high blood pressure (his "friends" basically killed him with the scandals that racked his presidency)

Calvin Coolidge
heart failure (coronary thrombosis)

Herbert Hoover
massive internal hemorrhaging, bleeding from upper gastrointestinal tract; strained vascular system

Franklin Roosevelt
cerebral hemorrhage (stroke)

Harry Truman
minor lung congestion; complexity of organic failures; collapse of cardiovascular systems

Dwight Eisenhower
heart disease (coronary thrombosis) (One month before his death, Ike underwent necessary surgery to unblock his intestines. Doctors feared that the surgery would weaken his heart, but without it, he would die of self-poisoning. The month he lived after the surgery was possible only through the use of extraordinary life support measures, for which his doctors were later fiercely criticized.)

John Kennedy

Lyndon Johnson
heart failure

Richard Nixon
paralysis (stroke), swelling of the brain

Ronald Reagan

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And other crap people want to post.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the 32nd president) was a fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th president). Genealogists have determined that FDR was distantly related to a total of 11 U.S. presidents, 5 by blood and 6 by marriage: Theodore Roosevelt, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses Grant, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, William Taft, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren, and George Washington.

animals they have had.
George Washington Polly the parrot; 36 hounds; horses

John Adams horses

Thomas Jefferson a mockingbird; two bear cubs, a gift from Lewis and Clark

James Madison Macaw the parrot; sheep

James Monroe a spaniel

John Quincy Adams an alligator; silkworms

Andrew Jackson horses named Truxton, Sam Patches, Emily, Lady Nashville,
and Bolivia; Pol the parrot; ponies

Martin Van Buren two tiger cubs

William Henry Harrison a goat; a cow

John Tyler Le Beau, a greyhound; a horse named The General

James Knox Polk a horse

Zachary Taylor Old Whitey the horse

Millard Fillmore no pets

Franklin Pierce no pets

James Buchanan Lara, a Newfoundland; an eagle; an elephant

Abraham Lincoln Jack the turkey; goats named Nanny and Nanko; ponies;
cats; dogs; pigs; a white rabbit

Andrew Johnson white mice

Ulysses S. Grant Faithful, a Newfoundland; horses named Jeff Davis, Julia,

Jennie, Mary, Butcher Boy, Cincinnatus, Egypt, and St. Louis; ponies named

Reb and Billy Button; pigs; dogs; a parrot; roosters

Rutherford B. Hayes Siam, a Siamese cat; Grim, a greyhound; Duke, an

English mastiff; Hector, a Newfoundland; Dot, a terrier; canaries; cows;
horses; goats; other dogs

James Garfield Kit the horse; Veto the dog; fish

Chester Alan Arthur no pets

Grover Cleveland a poodle; canaries and mockingbirds

Benjamin Harrison Dash the dog; Whiskers the goat; dogs; an opossum

William McKinley a parrot; an Angora cat and her kittens

Theodore Roosevelt Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake Bay retriever; Manchu, a
Pekingese; Skip, a mutt; terriers named Jack and Pete; cats named Tom
Quartz and Slippers; Josiah the badger; Algonquin the pony; Eli the macaw;
Jonathan the piebald rat; Emily Spinach, a garter snake; twelve horses; five
bears; five guinea pigs; other snakes; two kangaroo rats; lizards; roosters;
an owl; a flying squirrel; a raccoon; a coyote; a lion; a hyena; a zebra

William Taft Pauline Wayne the cow

Woodrow Wilson Old Ike the ram; sheep; chickens; cats

Warren Harding Laddie Boy, an Airedale; Old Boy, a bulldog; canaries
Calvin Coolidge Peter Pan, a terrier; Paul Pry (née Laddie Buck), an
Airedale; Calamity Jane, a sheepdog; Boston Beans, a bulldog; King Cole, a
shepherd; Palo Alto, a birder; collies named Rob Roy (née Oshkosh), Prudence Prim, Ruby Rough, and Bessie; chows named Blackberry and Tiny Tim; canaries named Nip, Tuck, and Snowflake; cats named Bounder, Tiger, and Blacky; raccoons named Rebecca and Horace; Ebeneezer, a donkey; Smokey, a bobcat; Old Bill, a thrush; Enoch, a goose; a mockingbird; a bear; an antelope; a wallaby; a pygmy hippo; some lion cubs
Herbert Hoover Glen, a collie; Yukon, a malamute; Patrick, an Irish wolfhound; Eaglehurst Gillette, a setter; Weejie, an elkhound; fox terriers named Big Ben and Sonnie; shepherds named King Tut and Pat; an opossum
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Fala, a Scottish terrier; Meggie, a Scottish terrier; Major, a German shepherd; Winks, a Llewellyn setter; Tiny, an English sheepdog; President, a Great Dane; Blaze, a mastiff
Harry S Truman Feller “the unwanted dog” (adopted by Truman's personal physician); Mike, an Irish setter (belonged to Margaret Truman)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Heidi, a Weimaraner
John F. Kennedy Tom Kitten the cat; Robin the canary; Zsa Zsa the rabbit; Sardar the horse; ponies named Macaroni, Tex, and Leprechaun; parakeets named Bluebell and Marybelle; hamsters named Debbie and Billie; Charlie, a Welsh terrier, plus dogs named Pushinka, Shannon, Wolf, and Clipper, plus Pushinka and Charlie's pups: Blackie, Butterfly, Streaker, and White Tips
Lyndon Johnson Him and Her, beagles; Freckles, a beagle (Him's pup); Blanco, a collie; Edgar, a mutt (née J. Edgar); Yuki, a mutt; hamsters and lovebirds

Richard Nixon Checkers, a cocker spaniel; Vicky, a poodle; Pasha, a
terrier; King Timahoe, an Irish setter; fish
Gerald Ford Liberty, a Golden retriever; Chan, a Siamese Cat

Jimmy Carter Grits the dog; Misty Malarky Ying Yang, a Siamese cat

Ronald Reagan Rex, a King Charles spaniel; Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres

George H. W. Bush Millie, a Springer spaniel; Ranger, one of Millie's pups

Bill Clinton Socks the cat; Buddy, a chocolate Labrador retriever

George W. Bush Spot, a Springer spaniel, born in the White House in 1989
to George H. W. Bush's Millie (died Feb. 21, 2004); Barney, a Scottish terrier; India (“Willie”) the cat. The Bushes' orange-striped polydactyl cat Ernie was judged too wild for White House life and now lives with a family in California. In 2004, the President gave his wife Laura a Scottish terrier puppy named Miss Beazley for the First Lady's birthday.

Jobs they had
George Washington surveyor, planter, general of the Army of the United Colonies planter, lieutenant-general of all the U.S. armies
John Adams schoolteacher, lawyer, diplomat, vice president under Washington writer

Thomas Jefferson writer, inventor, lawyer, architect, governor of Virginia, secretary of state under Washington, vice president under Adams writer, gentleman farmer, rector at the University of Virginia

James Madison lawyer, political theorist, U.S. congressman, secretary of state under Jefferson rector at the University of Virginia

James Monroe soldier, lawyer, U.S. senator, governor of Virginia writer, regent at the University of Virginia
John Quincy Adams lawyer, diplomat, professor, U.S. senator, secretary of state under Monroe U.S. representative from

Andrew Jackson soldier, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, governor of Florida gentleman farmer

Martin Van Buren lawyer, U.S. senator, governor of New York, vice president under Jackson activist for Free Soil Party

William Henry Harrison soldier, diplomat, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from Ohio died in office

John Tyler lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, vice president under Harrison lawyer, chancellor of the College of William and
Mary, member of the Confederate House of Representatives

James Knox Polk lawyer, U.S. congressman, governor of Tennessee died 103 days after leaving office

Zachary Taylor soldier died in office

Millard Fillmore lawyer, U.S. congressman, vice president under Taylor rogue political activist, chancellor of the University of

Franklin Pierce lawyer, soldier, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from New Hampshire gentleman farmer

James Buchanan lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state writer

Abraham Lincoln postmaster, lawyer, U.S. congressman from Illinois died in office

Andrew Johnson tailor, U.S. congressman, governor of Tennessee, U.S. senator from Tennessee, vice president under Lincoln
U.S. senator from Tennessee

Ulysses Simpson Grant U.S. Army general political activist, writer

Rutherford Birchard Hayes lawyer, soldier, U.S. congressman, governor of Ohio education activist, president of the National
Prison Reform Association

James Abram Garfield schoolteacher, soldier, U.S. representative from Ohio died in office

Chester Alan Arthur schoolteacher, lawyer, tariff collector, vice president under Garfield lawyer

Grover Cleveland sheriff, lawyer, mayor, governor of New York reelected president

Benjamin Harrison lawyer, soldier, journalist, U.S. senator from Indiana lawyer, lecturer

William McKinley soldier, lawyer, U.S. congressman, governor of Ohio died in office

Theodore Roosevelt rancher, soldier, governor of New York, vice president under McKinley hunter, writer

William Howard Taft lawyer, judge, dean of the University of Cincinnati Law School, U.S. secretary of war professor, chief
justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Woodrow Wilson lawyer, professor, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey retired in poor health

Warren Gamaliel Harding newspaper editor, U.S. senator from Ohio died in office

Calvin Coolidge lawyer, governor of Massachusetts, vice president under Harding writer, president of the American Antiquarian

Herbert Clark Hoover engineer, U.S. secretary of commerce chair of the Hoover Commission on administrative reform

Franklin Delano Roosevelt lawyer, governor of New York died in office

Harry S. Truman farmer, soldier, haberdasher, judge, U.S. senator, vice president under Roosevelt writer

Dwight David Eisenhower supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, U.S. Army chief of staff writer

John Fitzgerald Kennedy journalist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator from Massachusetts died in office

Lyndon Baines Johnson schoolteacher, soldier, congressman, U.S. senator from Texas, vice president under Kennedy rancher, writer

Richard Milhous Nixon lawyer, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, vice president under Eisenhower writer

Gerald Rudolph Ford lawyer, U.S. congressman, vice president under Nixon writer

James Earl Carter, Jr. peanut farmer, governor of Georgia writer, humanitarian, Nobel-prize winning statesman

Ronald Wilson Reagan movie actor, corporate spokesman, governor of California writer

George Herbert Walker Bush oil executive, U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the UN, Director of CIA, vice president under
Reagan private citizen; teamed with President Clinton to form tsunami and Hurricane Katrina aid funds

William Jefferson Clinton lawyer, governor of Arkansas writer, independent ambassador; teamed with President G.H.W. Bush to
form tsunami and Hurricane Katrina aid funds

George Walker Bush oil executive, sport team owner, governor of Texas

Also most info is off of this site http://www.infoplease.com/
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One day it will say Steve Colbert- American Bald Eagle, Panda, Ocra Whale, California Condor. All died to be severed as dinner on Colbert's last night as president.


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* Candidate with highest popular vote: Reagan (1984), 54,455,075.
* Candidate with highest electoral vote: Reagan (1984), 525.
* Candidate carrying most states: Nixon (1972) and Reagan (1984), 49.


* Candidate running most times: Norman Thomas (Socialist Party), six (1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948).
* Candidate elected, defeated, then reelected: Cleveland (1884, 1888, 1892)
Fifteen candidates (three of them twice) have become president of the United States with a popular vote less than 50% of the total cast.
The “minority” presidents are listed below.
Year President Electoral percent Populapercent
1824 John Q. Adams 31.8% 29.8%
1844 James K. Polk 61.8| 49.3
1848 Zachary Taylor 56.2 | 47.3
1856 James Buchanan 58.7 | 45.3
1860 Abraham Lincoln 59.4 | 39.9
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 50.1| 47.9
1880 James A. Garfield 57.9 | 48.3
1884 Grover Cleveland 54.6| 48.8
1888 Benjamin Harrison 58.1| 47.8
1892 Grover Cleveland 62.4| 46.0
1912 Woodrow Wilson 81.9 | 41.8
1916 Woodrow Wilson 52.1 | 49.3
1948 Harry S. Truman 57.1 | 49.5
1960 John F. Kennedy 56.4| 49.7
1968 Richard M. Nixon 56.1| 43.4
1992 William J. Clinton 68.8| 43.0
1996 William J. Clinton 70.4| 49.0
2000 George W. Bush 50.3| 47.8
2004 George W. Bush 53| 50.7
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* Candidate with highest popular vote: Reagan (1984), 54,455,075.
Obama 69,181,819
Bush, George W 62,040,610
McCain (lost) 59,780,415
Kerry (lost) 59,028,444
That makes Reagan 5th.

* Candidate with highest electoral vote: Reagan (1984), 525.
* Candidate carrying most states: Nixon (1972) and Reagan (1984), 49.


* Candidate running most times: Norman Thomas (Socialist Party), six (1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948).
* Candidate elected, defeated, then reelected: Cleveland (1884, 1888, 1892)
Fifteen candidates (three of them twice) have become president of the United States with a popular vote less than 50% of the total cast.
The “minority” presidents are listed below.
Year President Electoral percent Populapercent
1824 John Q. Adams 31.8% 29.8%
1844 James K. Polk 61.8| 49.3
1848 Zachary Taylor 56.2 | 47.3
1856 James Buchanan 58.7 | 45.3
1860 Abraham Lincoln 59.4 | 39.9
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 50.1| 47.9
1880 James A. Garfield 57.9 | 48.3
1884 Grover Cleveland 54.6| 48.8
1888 Benjamin Harrison 58.1| 47.8
1892 Grover Cleveland 62.4| 46.0
1912 Woodrow Wilson 81.9 | 41.8
1916 Woodrow Wilson 52.1 | 49.3
1948 Harry S. Truman 57.1 | 49.5
1960 John F. Kennedy 56.4| 49.7
1968 Richard M. Nixon 56.1| 43.4
1992 William J. Clinton 68.8| 43.0
1996 William J. Clinton 70.4| 49.0
2000 George W. Bush 50.3| 47.8
2004 George W. Bush 53| 50.7

In 2004 Bush had 50.7% of the popular vote, that is more than half.


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Obama 69,181,819
Bush, George W 62,040,610
McCain (lost) 59,780,415
Kerry (lost) 59,028,444
That makes Reagan 5th.

In 2004 Bush had 50.7% of the popular vote, that is more than half.

did not catch that. Darn.
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Calvin Coolidge was first, in 1923, sworn in by his father, a Notary public. The only President that has done that.


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And Harrison...Which I told you about in your Presidential Speech thread


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Interesting information about the presidents, especially the causes of death.
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