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Happy President's Day

Postby olywaguy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:07 pm

Here in the U.S., we are celebrating Presidents Day. For those of us who work the Federal or state government, it means a day off from work.

President’s Day Trivia 2011

What are POTUS and VPOTUS?

    POTUS is the abbreviation for President of the United States

    VPOTUS is the abbreviation for Vice President of the United States



Father-Son Presidents

    John Adams (2nd President) and John Quincy (6th President)

    George H.W. Bush (41st President and George W. Bush (43rd President)




Grandfather-Grandson Presidents


    William Henry Harrison (9th President) and Benjamin Harrison (23rd President)



Cousin Presidents

    James Madison (4th President) and Zachary Taylor (12th President) were second cousins

    Teddy Roosevelt (26th President) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President). Eleanor Roosevelt (FDR’s wife) was Teddy Roosevelt’s niece. FDR was such a fan of TR that he followed the same career path as his distant cousin becoming Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor of New York and running for Vice President of the United States in the Alfred Smith/FDR ticket for the Democratic Party in 1928. In 1932, FDR gets elected for his very first term as POTUS.



Which President Served Non-Consecutive Terms?

    Though President Obama is the 44th president, there have only been 43 people who became president. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms as 22nd and 24th President of the United States.


Presidents That Were Born British Subjects

    George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and William Henry Harrison.



Which President Had Three First Ladies?

    President Andrew Jackson had three first ladies. Wife Rachel died in December 1828 three months before Jackson’s inauguration. Emily Donelson, Rachel’s niece, served as First Lady in her aunt’s stead for most of Jackson’s years in the White House. Emily died of tuberculosis in 1836. Sarah Yorke Jackson, wife of Andrew Jackson, Jr. served as First Lady during Andrew Jackson’s last few months as president. Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-l ... heljackson



Which President Has a Patent?

    President Lincoln received Patent #6,469 for "A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" on May 22, 1849. The invention consisted of a set of bellows attached to the hull of a ship just below the water line. After reaching a shallow place, the bellows were filled with air that buoyed the vessel higher, making it float higher. The invention was never marketed, it was discovered that the extra weight the device added increased the probability of running onto sandbars, defeating the purpose of the invention. Abraham Lincoln whittled the model for his patent application with his own hands out of wood. It is on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Source: http://inventors.about.com/od/lstartinv ... incoln.htm


Only President to Serve More Than Two Terms

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only POTUS that served more than two terms. FDR was elected to four terms of office, first becoming president in 1932 in the midst of the depression and then serving as wartime president during World War II. He died in 1945 while still in office. Up until FDR, serving two terms of office had been a tradition set by George Washington. In 1947, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was approved limiting presidential service to two terms.


Only President to Become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    After serving his very unhappy term as POTUS, President William Howard Taft was more than happy to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1921 – 1930) as a Harding appointee. Taft is the only one to have served as POTUS and Chief Justice of the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States). Only President to administer the oath of office to another president. Only president to serve as SCOTUS justice along justices he appointed to the court. He was also the heaviest president at 300 lbs. and is the last president, to date, that had facial hair.


Presidents That Served in Congress After the Presidency

    John Quincy Adams was elected to nine terms in the House of Representatives (1831 - 1848) as a Whig for the state o f Massachusetts after his service as POTUS. He also went before the SCOTUS to defend the captured Africans from The Amistad.

    Andrew Johnson served as the U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1871 – 1872).

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Re: Happy President's Day

Postby Cajun » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:31 pm

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