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Here are the other "Presidential Fun Facts" from Cedarville University's TORCH:
The oldest president at the time of election was Ronald Reagan, age 69, while the youngest at election was John F. Kennedy, age 43. (At age 42, Teddy Roosevelt was actually younger when he became president, but he ascended to the White House upon the assassination of William McKinley.) Note: John McCain is 71 and Barack Obama is 46.
Four presidential candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election in the Electoral College:
- Andrew Jackson, 1824
- Samuel J. Tilden, 1876
- Grover Cleveland, 1888
- Al Gore, 2000
The president with the highest popular vote in American history was Ronald Reagan in 1984 with 54.4 million votes. He also had the highest electoral vote with 525 (carried 49 states).
One president served two non-consecutive terms: Grover Cleveland (1884 and 1892)
The lowest voter turnout percentage in American presidential election history was in 1992 with only 49.1 percent voting. That means that approximately 24.5 percent of the electorate put Bill Clinton into his first term as president.
George W. Bush defeated Al Gore for the presidency in 2000. The race came down to a single state and several hundred votes.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
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Friday, June 13, 2008
Presidential Fun Facts
George W. Bush has had one of the highest approval ratings and one of the lowest approval ratings of any of the presidents during his terms in office (90 percent and 29 percent, respectively).
Attempts have been made to assassinate 10 presidents; four were successful.
- Assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy
- Attempts: Jackson, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Truman, Ford, and Reagan
The order of presidential succession established by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 makes the speaker of the House (currently Nancy Pelosi) third in line after the president and vice president.
Five pairs of presidents have been related:
- George H.W. Bush is the father of George W. Bush
- John Adams was the father of John Q. Adams
- William Henry Harrison was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison
- James Madison and Zachary Taylor were second cousins
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was a fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt.
A presidential candidate needs 270 Electoral College votes to become president.
The next president will be paid $400,000 per year in salary.
More presidents were Episcopalians than any other denomination. The second most common affiliation is Presbyterian.
This is half of the fun facts. I will list the other half in another post.
As Christians we must knowledgeably choose leaders of good character - leaders who are concerned about human life, freedom, justice, and security; leaders who make decisions based on principles, not polls; leaders who have a vision, not an agenda. So let's pray, read, talk, and be involved. We have the choice - the privilege, the responsibility - to engage in the selection of the next president. Let's make our voice heard.
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