Here, you can find interesting facts all relating back to the stories published this week in Ship Speaks. Read the corresponding stories to see how each fact relates.
In 1758, George Washington spent 50 pounds on 160 gallons of liquor to serve to voters on Election Day when he was running for the House of Burgesses in Virginia.
“In 1845, Congress decided that voting day would be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which was after the fall harvest and before winter
conditions made travel too difficult.”
“Before 1804, the presidential candidate who received the second highest
electoral votes became vice president.”
“Barack Obama is the nation’s 44th president, but in reality there have only been 43 presidents. Grover Cleveland is counted twice as our 22nd and 24th president because he was elected for two nonconsecutive terms.”
“The tallest U.S. President was Abraham Lincoln at 6 foot 4 inches The shortest U.S. President was James Madison at 5 foot 4 inches.”
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party ticket in this year’s election.
John Mercer Langston became the first African-American politician elected in the United States in 1855 when he was elected Town Clerk in Brownhelm, Ohio.
Out of eight presidents to die while in office, four of them were assassinated.
John Kennedy is the youngest elected U.S. President at age 43, while Ronald Reagan is the oldest elected U.S. President when he was elected for his second term at age 73.
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