Facts About the President

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Salary: George Washington earned $25,000 a year; the president now earns $400,000 a year.

Religion: All Christian.

Terms: Eight of 43 presidents died in office. Richard Nixon was the only president to resign, in 1974, during the Watergate scandal.

Shortest term: William Henry Harrison, ninth president, died in 1841 one month after he was sworn into office. He had pneumonia.

Longest term: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected four times and served 12 years before dying at age 63 in 1945. After Roosevelt, Congress set a limit for the president of two four-year terms.

Oldest on taking office: Ronald Reagan, age 69.

Youngest on taking office: Theodore Roosevelt, age 42.


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