We belong to a club with just 43 members.
All of our members are men.
More of us were born in Virginia than in any other state.
Twelve of us have been generals. More than half of us have been lawyers.
The most common first name among us is James.
Who are we?
Did you guess “the presidents of the United States”? If so, you’re right.
And while more presidents — six of them — were born in October than any other month, many people think of the presidents during February because of the Presidents’ Day holiday. (In addition to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and William Henry Harrison were born in February.) Presidents’ Day in 2013 falls on Monday, February 18.
So here is KidsPost’s tribute to the presidents. We can think of endless games you can play while studying this page. Who had the longest name? Who had the shortest? How many presidents had beards? How many wore glasses? (See, the fun never ends!)
To find out more about each president and their inaugural speeches, go to www.kidspost.com.
1st: George Washington
Only president to 100 percent of electoral votes
2nd: John Adams
First one-term president
3rd: Thomas Jefferson
Tried to assemble a mastodon skeleton in the White House
4th: James Madison
Shortest U.S. president at 5 feet, 4 inches.
5th: James Monroe
Died on July 4 (as did John Adams, Jefferson)
6th: John Quincy Adams
Kept an alligator in the White House for several months
7th: Andrew Jackson
Invited public to the White House for inaugural ball
8th: Martin Van Buren
First president to be born a U.S. citizen
9th: William Henry Harrison
Served as president for only 32 days
10th: John Tyler
Had 15 children
11th: James K. Polk
Signed law creating the Smithsonian Institution
12th: Zachary Taylor
First voted in an election in 1948 when he was 62 years old.
13th Millard Filmore
Was born in a log cabin
14th Franklin Pierce
His nickname was “Handsome Frank”
15th James Buchanan
Only president to never get married
16th Abraham Lincoln
His son, Willie, is the only child to die in the White House
17th Andrew Johnson
Congress tried to remove him from office
18th Ulysses S. Grant
First president to see the Pacific Ocean
19th Rutherford B. Hayes
Hosted first White House Easter Egg Roll
20th James A. Garfield
First left-handed president
21st Chester A. Arthur
Had the first elevator installed in the White House
Only president to serve two terms not in a row.
23rd Benjamin Harrison
First president to have a Christmas tree in the White House
25th William McKinley
First president to ride in a car
26th Theodore Roosevelt
The Teddy Bear was named after him.
27th William H. Taft
Only president to serve as a Supreme Court justice after leaving office
28th Woodrow Wilson
Signed the law giving women the right to vote.
29th Warren G. Harding
Had the largest shoe size of any president, 14.
30th Calvin Coolidge
Only president born on the July 4.
31st Herbert C. Hoover
There are two asteroids named for him.
32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt
No president will ever serve longer than he did.
33rd Harry S. Truman
First president to be sworn in on television
34th Dwight D. Eisenhower
First president of all 50 states
35th John F. Kennedy
Youngest person elected president
36th Lyndon B. Johnson
Only president to be sworn in by a woman.
37th Richard M. Nixon
First person to speak to a man on the moon.
38th Gerald R. Ford
First president to have been an Eagle Scout
39th Jimmy Carter
Was a peanut farmer before running for president
40th Ronald Reagan
Was a movie actor before becoming president.
41st George H.W. Bush
Only president to be born in June
42nd Bill Clinton
First president to have an e-mail address
43rd George W. Bush
Second president to also be the son of a president.
44th Barack H. Obama
Fourth president to win the Nobel Peace Prize