George Washington The first President unified the new nation and shaped the chief executive’s duties. He refused to run for a third term.
John Adams He was the first President to live in the White House.
Thomas Jefferson Considered the most brilliant President, he wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and was an architect, a farmer, and a scientist.
James Madison He is considered the father of the Bill of Rights.
James Monroe His term is called the “Era of Good Feeling” because there was little partisan fighting.
John Quincy Adams John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first father and son to have served as Presidents.
Andrew Jackson was the first President to ride on a train.
Martin Van was the first President to be born an American citizen, rather than a British subject.
William Harrison delivered a marathon inaugural speech during which he caught a cold. He died a month later.
John Tyler had 15 children, more than any President.
James K Polk is the only President to have served as Speaker of the House.
Zachary Taylor won fame as a general in the Mexican War. His soldiers called him “Old Rough and Ready.”
Fillmore approved the Compromise of 1850, allowing slavery in the South. But neither the North nor the South was happy with it, and Fillmore was blamed for the law’s failure.
Franklin Pierce’s wife hated Washington, D.C., so much, that she fainted when she found out he had been nominated for President.
James Buchanan was the only bachelor to ever serve in the White House.
Abraham Lincoln led the Union into the Civil War to preserve the nation and end slavery. He was assassinated just five days after the Confederate armies surrendered.
Ulysses Grant was the top Union military hero of the Civil War. His two terms were marred by scandals.
Rutherford Hayes is one of five Presidents to lose the popular vote but win the office. He won the election by one electoral vote.
James A Garfield He was assassinated by a disappointed office seeker. Garfield was the first left-handed President.
Chester Arthur was unknown before being elected but surprised people by being honest and responsible. He helped create the Civil Service.
Grover Cleveland is the only President to be elected to two non-consecutive terms.
Benjamin Harrison’s grandfather was President William Henry Harrison.
The list continues to the second blog!