illustration for Kidspost (Michael Hoeweler)
February 8, 2013

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.

PRINT OUT: A poster of the presidents

GRAPHIC: Find out more about each president’s inaugural address

QUIZ: Could you be president?

1st: George Washington

1789-97

Only president to 100 percent of electoral votes

2nd: John Adams

1797-1801

First one-term president

3rd: Thomas Jefferson

1801-09

Tried to assemble a mastodon skeleton in the White House

4th: James Madison

1809-17

Shortest U.S. president at 5 feet, 4 inches.

5th: James Monroe

1817-25

Died on July 4 (as did John Adams, Jefferson)

6th: John Quincy Adams

1825-29

Kept an alligator in the White House for several months

7th: Andrew Jackson

1829-37

Invited public to the White House for inaugural ball

8th: Martin Van Buren

1837-41

First president to be born a U.S. citizen

9th: William Henry Harrison

1841

Served as president for only 32 days

10th: John Tyler

1841-45

Had 15 children

11th: James K. Polk

1845-49

Signed law creating the Smithsonian Institution

12th: Zachary Taylor

1849-50

First voted in an election in 1948 when he was 62 years old.

13th Millard Filmore

1850-53

Was born in a log cabin

14th Franklin Pierce

1853-57

His nickname was “Handsome Frank”

15th James Buchanan

1857-61

Only president to never get married

16th Abraham Lincoln

1861-65

His son, Willie, is the only child to die in the White House

17th Andrew Johnson

1865-69

Congress tried to remove him from office

18th Ulysses S. Grant

1869-77

First president to see the Pacific Ocean

19th Rutherford B. Hayes

1877-81

Hosted first White House Easter Egg Roll

20th James A. Garfield

1881

First left-handed president

21st Chester A. Arthur

1881-85

Had the first elevator installed in the White House

22nd, 24th

Grover Cleveland

1885-89; 1893-97

Only president to serve two terms not in a row.

23rd Benjamin Harrison

1889-93

First president to have a Christmas tree in the White House

25th William McKinley

1897-1901

First president to ride in a car

26th Theodore Roosevelt

1901-09

The Teddy Bear was named after him.

27th William H. Taft

1909-13

Only president to serve as a Supreme Court justice after leaving office

28th Woodrow Wilson

1913-21

Signed the law giving women the right to vote.

29th Warren G. Harding

1921-23

Had the largest shoe size of any president, 14.

30th Calvin Coolidge

1923-29

Only president born on the July 4.

31st Herbert C. Hoover

1929-33

There are two asteroids named for him.

32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933-45

No president will ever serve longer than he did.

33rd Harry S. Truman

1945-53

First president to be sworn in on television

34th Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953-61

First president of all 50 states

35th John F. Kennedy

1961-63

Youngest person elected president

36th Lyndon B. Johnson

1963-69

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

1974-77

First president to have been an Eagle Scout

39th Jimmy Carter

1977-81

Was a peanut farmer before running for president

40th Ronald Reagan

1981-89

Was a movie actor before becoming president.

41st George H.W. Bush

1989-93

Only president to be born in June

42nd Bill Clinton

1993-2001

First president to have an e-mail address

43rd George W. Bush

2001-2009

Second president to also be the son of a president.

44th Barack H. Obama

Fourth president to win the Nobel Peace Prize

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