Presidential Firsts

November 4, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR (b)lines) - Either outcome of the 2008 presidential election will result in a first for America -- either Sarah Palin will be the first female Vice President of the United States or Barack Obama will be the first President with African heritage. But these are not the only presidential firsts…
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See which of these “presidential firsts” you know, then see page two for the answers. NOTE: This information was gathered from www.funtrivia.com .

  1. Who was the first U.S. President born in a hospital?
  2. Who is alleged to be the first U.S. President born outside of the United States?
  3. Who was the first U.S. President born in a log cabin?
  4. Who was the first – and only – U.S. President elected unanimously by the Electoral College?
  5. Who was the first U.S. President to throw out the first pitch of a baseball season?
  6. Who was the first U.S. President known to have worked as a fashion model?
  7. Who was the first Republican U.S. President?
  8. Who was the first U.S. President to appear live on national television?
  9. Who was the first U.S. President to occupy the White House?
  10. Who was the first U.S. President to hold a Ph.D.?
  11. Who was the first U.S. President to have graduated from Harvard?
  12. Who was the first – and only – U.S. President to engage in combat while in office?
  13. Who was the first – and only – U.S. President to also serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
  14. Who was the first U.S. President to resign from office?
  15. Who was the first U.S. President to speak over the radio?
  16. Who was the first U.S. President inaugurated in Washington D.C.?
  17. Who was the first U.S. President never to have attended school?
  18. Who was the first left-handed U.S. President?
  19. Who was the first U.S. President to be assassinated?

  1. Jimmy Carter, born in Georgia in 1927, was the first U.S. President born in a hospital.
  2. Recent research supports claims that Chester A. Arthur, who succeeded James Garfield after his death in 1881, was actually born in Canada and not in Vermont.
  3. Andrew Jackson was the first U.S. President born in a log cabin, as well as the first not from Virginia or Massachusetts.
  4. George Washington received all 69 electoral votes cast in the first Presidential election.
  5. William H. Taft was the first U.S. President to throw out the first pitch of a baseball season.
  6. Gerald Ford was the first U.S. President known to have worked as a fashion model. While studying law at Yale, Ford was photographed by a "Look" magazine photographer modeling ski clothes on the slopes.
  7. The Republican Party was formed in the early 1850's, and Abraham Lincoln was it's first successful Presidential nominee.
  8. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first U.S. President to appear on national television. (Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared earlier on local television.)
  9. John Adams and his family moved into the White House in 1797 when it was known simply as the President's House.
  10. Woodrow Wilson was the first U.S. President to hold a Ph.D. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1885.
  11. Harvard has produced more Presidents than any other school, and John Adams was the first.
  12. James Madison is the only U.S. President to see combat while in office. During the War of 1812 he briefly took command of an artillery unit trying to stop the British march on Washington.
  13. William H. Taft was President from 1909-1913, and he was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1921 until his death in 1930.
  14. Richard Nixon was the first U.S. President to resign from office.
  15. Warren G. Harding was the first U.S. President to speak over the radio at the Minnesota State Fair in 1920.
  16. Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. President inaugurated in Washington D.C., on March 4, 1801.
  17. Andrew Johnson was the first U.S. President to never have attended school. He was a tailor's apprentice in his youth and was illiterate when he got married at eighteen. His wife taught him how to read and write.
  18. James Garfield was the first left-handed U.S. President, although he could write with either hand.
  19. Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. President to be assassinated - by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.

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