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Presidents Who Were Sons Of Presidents
Three Presidents In One Year...Twice!
By The Timeline:
1781: John Hanson, the
of the United States?
- George Washington became
President in 1789 and continued to be President through 1797.
However, he was NOT the first President this country ever had.
- In 1781, while Washington was still off
Revolutionary War, the thirteen colonies joined together under the
Articles of Confederation (this preceded the United States
Constitution). John Hanson of Maryland was elected "President of
the United States in Congress Assembled." All that really meant
was that he was the chairman of the Congress...and not a President in
the way that George Washington and all others to follow would become.
- Interesting enough, after winning at Yorktown,
George Washington himself sent a letter to Hanson, referring to him as
"The President of the United States."
- Swore a lot! Funny thing, though, he
issued an order that forbade swearing in the U.S. Army.
- He never shook hands with anyone! He
thought it was beneath the dignity of a President. Instead, he
- Washington was a cold man with a hot
temper. One time at Valley Forge, two soldiers outside were
arguing outside. Washington came up to them and knocked their
1797-1801: John Adams
1801-1809: Thomas Jefferson
- When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, all of his
belongings were sold to pay off his debts. Jefferson's home, the
beautiful Monticello, went to ruin for almost 100 years. It
wasn't until 1923 that restoration on the house was begun.
- While he was President, Thomas Jefferson did
his own grocery shopping.
1809-1817: James Madison
1817-1825: James Monroe
1825-1829: John Quincy Adams
1829-1837: Andrew Jackson
1837-1841: Martin Van Buren
1841: William Henry Harrison
1841-1845: John Tyler
- Our tenth President was a poor man after he
left the Presidency. At one point, five years after leaving the
White House, Tyler couldn't afford to pay a bill for $1.25. He
had to wait until his crops came in to sell so he could pay it off.
- He was the first Vice-President to take office
because the elected President (Harrison) died.
- He was the first President to remarry while in
- He was the first President to face a serious
threat of impeachment.
- At the time of this writing (2009), John Tyler
is noted for being the President with the most children. He had
eight children with his first wife and seven children with his second
wife. An interesting side-note: The lifespan of John
Tyler's children from the birth of his first to the death of his last
was 131 years!
1845-1849: James K. Polk
- James K. Polk was the first President for whom
the song, "Hail to the Chief" was played. It was originally an
old Scottish song. Polk was not a big man and he didn't stand out
at parties. He was hardly noticed at his own parties. It
was Mrs. Polk's idea to announce his arrival by having this song played.
1849-1850: Zachary Taylor
- The man who would become President did not
vote, himself, until he was 62 years old! He was too busy to
vote. Being a soldier took him from State to State, and he was
never in one place long enough to become a registered voter.
1850-1853: Millard Fillmore
1853-1857: Franklin Pierce
1857-1861: James Buchanan
1861-1865: Abraham Lincoln
1865-1869: Andrew Johnson
- Andrew Johnson liked to sew! In history
books, we know him only as the gruff, swearing President that came in
after Lincoln's assassination and whose performance was less than
well-revered. Johnson was a wonderful tailor and made his own
clothes. He learned to sew as a child when his parents signed him
and his brother on as tailors' helpers. The boys ran away and,
for a while, Andrew had a $10 reward out on him! A few years
later, Andrew Johnson set up his own tailor shop in Greeneville,
1869-1877: Ulysses S. Grant
- Grant smoked a lot of cigars, which ultimately
led to his death on July 23, 1885. His last spoken word was
- He hated making speeches. In 1868, while
running for President, he developed what he thought was the perfect
speech and used it on many occasions. It went like this: "I
rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything. I thank
you for your kind words and your hearty welcome."
1877-1881: Rutherford B. Hayes
1881: James A. Garfield
1881-1885: Chester A. Arthur
1885-1889: Grover Cleveland
1889-1893: Benjamin Harrison
- The White House did not have electricity until
1890, the time of Benjamin Harrison's Presidency. Electricity was
a little-used and little-understood thing at that time. Harrison
and his wife were afraid to turn on the lights! The servants
always had to do it!
1897-1901: William McKinley
1901-1909: Theodore Roosevelt
1909-1913: William Howard Taft
1913-1921: Woodrow Wilson
Taft was the first President to start the tradition of throwing out the
first baseball in the first game of the season, way back in 1910.
1921-1923: Warren G.
- Woodrow Wilson's likeness was once featured on
the $100,000 bill! That bill is NOT in circulation today.
1923-1929: Calvin Coolidge
1929-1933: Herbert Hoover
- When Mr. and Mrs. Hoover did not want the
servants to hear what they were saying, they spoke to each other in
1945-1953: Harry S Truman
1953-1961: Dwight D. Eisenhower
1961-1963: John F. Kennedy
- Eisenhower was the first President to use
makeup for TV appearances.
1963-1969: Lyndon B. Johnson
1969-1974: Richard M. Nixon
1974-1977: Gerald R. Ford
- Once modeled men's fashions for "Look"
1977-1981: Jimmy Carter
1981-1989: Ronald Reagan
1989-1993: George Bush
1993-2001: Bill Clinton
2001-2009: George W. Bush
2009-?: Barack Obama
- Although not
successful, the first attempt of killing a U.S. President happened in
1835. The targeted President: Andrew Jackson. The
would-be assassin: Richard Lawrence. What was Lawrence's
insanity. He believed he was the King of America and the only way
to regain his throne was to kill Andrew Jackson. He attacked
Jackson with two pistols, neither of which were able to fire upon
pulling the triggers. Talk about your close calls!
Unfortunately for Lawrence, he was caught and spent the rest of his
life in an insane asylum.
- Richard Lawrence, would-be
killer of Andrew Jackson, was apprehended after Jackson beat him down
with a cane. Lawrence was a house-painter by profession. It
was said that the odds of both of Lawrence's guns misfiring was 1 in
- 1865, Abraham Lincoln.
This was the first successful attempt to assassinate an American
President. Lincoln was our 16th President (not including John
Hanson, see Facts By The Timeline).
- 1881, James Garfield.
This was the second successful attempt to assassinate an American
President. Garfield was our 20th President.
- 1901, William McKinley.
This was the third successful attempt to assassinate an American
President. McKinley was our 25th President.
- 1963, John F. Kennedy.
This was the fourth successful attempt to assassinate an American
President. Kennedy was our 35th President.
- Easily the most remembered of
Presidential assassinations are Abraham Lincoln and John F.
Kennedy. The similarities of their deaths overshadow those of
Garfield and McKinley, who are largely forgotten.
Presidents Who Were Sons Of Presidents:
- So far,
this has only happened
The first time was with John Quincy Adams in 1825 (son of John
Adams). The second time was with George W. Bush in 2001 (son of
Three Presidents In One Year...Twice!:
1841. Martin Van Buren was finishing up his first and only
term. Then came William Henry Harrison who died after only
thirty-one days in office (the shortest U.S. Presidency in
history). Finishing up the year, and until 1845, was John Tyler.
happened again in 1881. Rutherford B.
Hayes finished up his first and only term. James Garfield stepped
in until an assassin's bullet took his life. Then Chester A.
Arthur took over and stayed President up until 1885.