Herald and Journal
Herald & Journal, February 22, 1999

Just a little presidential trivia


Time was we'd celebrate President Lincoln's birthday on Feb. 12 and President Washington's birthday on Feb. 22.

Both were holidays.

But, some years ago somebody got the idea to honor all presidents on one day . . . the third Monday in February . . . and call it Presidents' Day.

It's a holiday for government workers and banks. For the rest of us, it's another day of shopping bargains.

To help you celebrate Presidents' Day properly, here is some presidential trivia:

· Only 15 presidents were elected to two terms: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, McKinley, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, (who was elected four times), Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton.

· Four vice presidents succeeded to the office upon the death of the president and eventually won election to a term on their own: Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson.

· More than half of the presidents had military service. Eleven were generals: Washington, Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Taylor, Pierce, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and Eisenhower. Thirteen others held lesser ranks: Monroe, Tyler, Lincoln, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush.

· Do you know that President McKinley first served as a mess sergeant in the Civil War? And was commended for being able to serve hot meals during battle? He later got out of the kitchen and was promoted to captain.

· Four presidents died in office of natural causes: W. H. Harrison, Taylor, Harding and F. D. Roosevelt.

· Four have been assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy.

There's a lot more trivia I could dig up for you. . . but I don't want to keep you from checking out the Presidents' Day's bargains.

Maturity is finally reached when no matter what your age or condition you realize the keys to success don't fit your ignition.

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