Presidents’ Day — A day set aside to honor all of the U.S. presidents. We often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we celebrate this holiday since it falls by design between their birthdays. But this day is really a tribute to every person who has served in the office as President of the United States.
How many of the facts about past Presidents do you know?
- George Washington inaugural speech lasted only a minute and a half.
- President George Washington’s annual salary was $25,000
- Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson are the four presidents on Mount Rushmore
- Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. president to wear long pants. Washington and Adams wore knee-length “knickers.”
- The Lincoln penny is the only U.S. coin on which a president’s head faces right.
- Thomas Jefferson was the first president defeated for re-election. He was defeated by John Adams.
- In President Rutherford B. Hayes’ name, the “B” stand for Birchard
- Which American President was originally a king? Gerald R. Ford, he was born Leslie King.
- Andrew Johnson was the first American president to shake hands with people. Up until then, all presidents bowed to subjects they were meeting or addressing.
- Jimmy Carter was the first American President born in a hospital?
- Ronald Reagan was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Abraham Lincoln had a pet turkey named Jack?
- Who were the youngest and oldest elected Presidents in American history? John F. Kennedy, 43, and Ronald Reagan, 73, to start his second term.
- Richard Nixon was the President when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
- Of all the presidents ever elected in the U.S., only John F. Kennedy was Catholic.
- President Lincoln watching ‘Our American Cousin’ when he was shot.