Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Presidental List Fun!

I like lists. Yes, I am a huge freaking dork. I get it. As if the history stuff wasn't geeky enough I can hear all now "Oh Mistress of History, you like lists? Weirdo." Well I do...especially cool, history related ones.

So for a change of pace let's play the cool presidential list game. (There is no prize other then I might sing you a jaunty little ditty if you win...most likely I won't though)

Did you know there are 5 presidents who have issued the most vetos? You didn't? Well let me tell you who they are:
FDR (Probably because he had 3 terms)
Grover Cleveland
Harry Truman
Dwight Eisenhower
U.S. Grant

How about the presidents who saw the most states join the union? That would be:
Benjamin Harrison with a total of 6
George Washington with the original 13 colonies and 5 after the war
James Monroe with 5
James Polk with 3
James Buchanan with 3, which werer the last three states to join before the Civil War.

We have had five presidents who have served the shortest terms:
William Henry Harrison - He only lasted 31 days. He caught pneumonia on the day of his inaugration and died. Bummer
James A. Garfield - 199 days. He was shot by Charles Guiteau - who was a certified nutball
Zachary Taylor - 1 year and 127 days. He ate cold meat with ice and milk which led to a bout of gastroenteritis which led to coronary thrombosis. Yep I bet you will NEVER do that now.
Warren G. Harding - 2 years and 151 days. He got food poisoning which turned into cerebral thrombosis - I'm not sure how that happens but I guess it does
Gerald Ford - 2 years and 164 days. He is the only one who didn't die in office. He was Nixon's successor when he resigned. What set him up to NOT be reelected is good old Fordy pardoned Nixon, which sealed his fate.

Now for some fun Lincoln and Kennedy comparasion facts, You know you love this shit as much as I do.

  • Both presidents were elected President in '60.
  • Both presidents were elected to the Congress in '46.
  • Both were runners-up for the party's nomination for VP in '56.
  • Both their Vice Presidents and successors were Southern Democrats named Johnson who were born in '08.
  • Both presidents were concerned with the problems of black americans and made their views strongly known in '63. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which became law in 1863. In 1963, Kennedy presented his reports to Congress on  Civil Rights.
  • Both presidents were shot in their heads.
  • Both presidents were shot from behind.
  • Both presidents were shot in presence of their wives.
  • Both presidents were shot on a Friday.
  • Both presidents were accompanied by another couple.
  • The male companion of the other couple was wounded by the assassin.
  • Both presidents had a son die during their presidency.
  • Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
  • Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theatre; Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln who warned him not to go to Dallas.
  • Both presidents' last names have 7 letters.
  • Both presidents have five syllables in their full name (which counts Kennedy's middle initial).
  • There are 6 letters in each Johnson's first name.
  • Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.
  • Both assassins were killed before they could be put on trial.
  • Both assassins have 3-word, 15-letter names.
  • Both assassins were born in the late '30s.
  • Both assassins sympathized with Southern organizations.
  • Both assassins were killed within the same calendar month before they could be put on trial.
  • Both assassins were killed in states located immediately west of the states of their births.

  • Pretty cool stuff I know.


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