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Friday, June 12, 2009

Hail to the Chief (And Not Just Because He's Left-Handed)

I try to look at the new reference books as they arrive so that I can stay up to date on our resources. One of our newer acquisitions is called Facts About the Presidents and it is simply crammed with everything and anything about all of America's presidents. Did you know:
  • The twentieth President, James Abram Garfield was the first left-handed President and the first whose mother attended his inauguration. (The first thing Garfield did after becoming President? Kiss Mama, of course.)

  • President number seventeen, Andrew Johnson married at the youngest age compared to any other President. (He was 18 years and 139 days old.)

  • Gerald Rudolph Ford, the thirty-eighth President, was the third President to marry a woman who had been divorced and the first President whose parents were themselves divorced. He was also the third left-handed President.

  • Our seventh President, Andrew Jackson, was the first President to be born in a log cabin and the first to ride on a train. (Amazingly, he was also the first to marry a divorced woman. I didn't think you could get divorces way back when.)

This fact book includes particulars about inauguration days, presidential pets, presidential families, and much, much more. Have a hankering to know more about a particular Commander in Chief? Be sure to let us know! (And by the way, the ground was covered with one inch of moist snow the day Grover Cleveland took office, but the sky was clear.)

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