Interesting Facts about US Presidents

November 6, 2012 | Current Events, Interesting Facts

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On November 6, 2012, the citizens of the United States will elect its 45th President.

The historical occasion is considered to be  one of the biggest government elections  in the world wherein a President, 33 senators and hundreds of local officials will be selected to serve the American nation.  This year’s campaign cost has reached more than $2bn.

Latest news today has described that Mr. Barack Obama and challenger Mr. Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in the Presidential election.

In the United States the voting method is called First Past the Post. This means that in order for the candidate to win, he or she must have the highest number of votes in a constituency. There is no requirement for the candidate to maintain a 50% or more votes.

All of those who became US Presidents  had  their own unique traits and trademark. They were known not only for serving the country but also remembered  in funny and memorable ways.

Here are some interesting facts about the US Presidents:

  • The first African-American president is Barack Obama.
  • The only President who was a licensed bartender is Abraham Lincoln.
  • President John Adams was the first to live in White house.
  • The first Catholic President was John F. Kennedy.
  • President George Bush survived four plane crash in World War 2.
  • Andrew Johnson was a tailor before he became the 17th President of the United States.
  • George Washington’s favourite food is ice cream.
  • The 40th President Ronald Reagan was a movie actor before he became a president.
  • The youngest US President was Theodore Roosevelt who became the President at the age of 42.
  • William Henry Harrison became the President only for 31 days. He died because of pneumonia.
  • James Garfield was able to write using his both hands in different languages.
  • Chester A. Arthur owned 80 pairs of pants. He changed his pants several times a day.
  • The first and only President who married in White House was Grover Cleveland.
  • The heaviest President weighing 332 pounds was William H. Taft.

There are only four living former US Presidents namely:

  • Jimmy Carter – 88 years old  (1977-1981)
  • George H.W. Bush – 88 years old  (1989-1993)
  • Bill Clinton –  66 years old  (1993-2001)
  • George W. Bush – 66 years old  (2001-2009)

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