You all know what today is, it’s National Cappuccino Day! Split my sides…in an all joking manner it is actually in fact, election day. The day we’ve all been waiting for as we’ve endured the months of relentless campaigning. Today we get to show the world who are we are as a country, USA PRIDE! Aside from recent events, looking back on USA election facts is actually quite a read! Below are a few interesting facts (and some silly ones) about the history of our country’s elections:
- Barack Obama is our nation’s 44th president but in reality there have only been 43 presidents. Grover Cleveland is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president, because he was elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
- John Kennedy is the youngest elected U.S. President at 43.
- Ronald Reagan is the oldest elected U.S. President at 73. (second term)
- The tallest U.S. President was Abraham Lincoln at 6’4″.
- The shortest U.S. President was James Madison at 5’4″.
- Here’s the saddest of them all, eight presidents have died in office:
- William Henry Harrison (pneumonia)
- Zachary Taylor (gastroenteritis)
- Abraham Lincoln (assassin)
- James Garfield (assassin)
- William McKinley (assassin)
- Warren Harding (heart attack)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (cerebral hemorrhage)
- John F. Kennedy (assassin)
- The U.S. Marine band has played at every presidential inauguration since 1801.
- President Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe but took his stepfather’s last name when his mother remarried. He formally changed his name to William Jefferson Clinton when he was 15. His wife, Hillary, is currently running to be the first female president in the history of our nation!
- Actress Roseanne Barr once attempted to run for president and got as far as filing with the Federal Election Commission under the “Green Tea Party Ticket.”
- In 1845, Congress decided that voting day would be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which was after the fall harvest and before winter conditions made travel too difficult.
- Democrats use a donkey as their mascot thanks to Andrew Jackson. When his critics called him a “jackass” because of his populist views, he embraced the image, even using it alongside his slogan, “Let the people rule.”
How you vote today is noone else’s business…but please do VOTE! Get out there and let your voice be heard. Vote vote VOTE!
Facts obtained from: http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/presidential-election-facts