Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fun Facts About President's Day for Families

A minimum of 300 billion portraits of Abraham Lincoln have been created - that's how many pennies have been made since 1787.

Sixth President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator that lived in a bathtub at the White House.

The first President born a U.S. citizen was Martin Van Buren.  His birthday was December 5, 1782, making him the first president born after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, and they both died on its 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826.

Nine presidents never attended college, including Washington and Lincoln.  However, Lincoln was an avid reader and self-educated.

At 6' 4", Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President.  The shortest, James Madison, was 5' 4" tall.

When he became President, George Washington had only one tooth.  He wore dentures made of human or animal teeth, ivory and lead, but never wood. 

George Washington is the only president that never lived in Washington, D.C. during his presidency.

Andrew Jackson was the first president to have been born in a log cabin, and the first  to ride a railroad train.

Ronald Reagan was the oldest president inaugurated (age 69); the youngest was John F. Kennedy (age 43)


*These facts were sent to me courtesy of Kiddie Academy. I thought they were interesting and decided to share. You can check out the Kiddie Academy website for more fun facts, educational ideas and parenting tips.