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Fun Facts for Presidents’ Day

February 4, 2015

Posted in: Character Education

As President’s Day approaches, with long weekends and days off school, parents can take the opportunity to teach kids a bit about the U.S. Chief Executives.

Kiddie Academy offers the following list of Fun Facts for Kids. The list below can be used for creating trivia questions, or as fun mealtime conversation starters.

  1. Abraham Lincoln was the first “real person” to be featured on U.S. currency, beginning in 1909.
  2. Sixth President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator that lived in a bathtub at the White House.
  3. The first president born a U.S. citizen was Martin Van Buren (#8). His birthday was December 5, 1782, making him the first president born after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, and they both died on its 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826.
  5. Nine presidents never attended college, including Washington and Lincoln. However, Lincoln was an avid reader and self-educated.
  6. At 6′ 4″, Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. president. The shortest, James Madison, was 5′ 4″ tall.
  7. When he became president, George Washington had only one tooth. He wore dentures made of human or animal teeth, ivory and lead, but never wood.
  8. George Washington is the only president that never lived in Washington, D.C. during his presidency.
  9. Andrew Jackson was the first president to have been born in a log cabin, and the first to ride a railroad train.
  10. Ronald Reagan was the oldest president inaugurated (age 69); the youngest was John F. Kennedy (age 43).

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