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Presidential Firsts

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George Washington was the first President to be on a postage stamp. His face is also on the $1 bill and the quarter.

John Adams was the first President to live in the White House. Mrs. Adams hung her wash in the East Room.

Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, DC. and he grew the first tomatoes in America. He was also the first President to shake hands instead of bow.

James Madison was the first President to wear long pants instead of knee breeches.

Andrew Jackson was the first President to ride on a train.

Millard Fillmore was the first President to have a bathtub with running water. He was also the first President to have a stove in the White House.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the first President to have a telephone in the White House.

Benjamin Harrison was the first President to have a Christmas Tree in the White House.

James Buchanan was the first unmarried man to be elected President.

Abraham Lincoln was the first President to be assassinated.

U.S. Grant was the first president to view the Pacific Ocean in 1852

Grant was also the first president to…

  • Meet the Queen of England
  • Visit the Holy Land
  • Visit Russia and Asia
  • See the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Egypt
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Host an Indian Chief in the White House
  • Use a vacation home (Long Branch, New Jersey)

Andrew Johnson never went to school. His wife taught him to read and write.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to ride in a car. He was the first American to receive a Nobel Prize for helping to settle the Russo-Japanese War.

William Howard Taft was the first President to have a car at the White House. He was also the first President to throw out the first ball at the beginning of the Major League Baseball season in 1910.

Woodrow Wilson was the first President to hold regular news briefings.

Calvin Coolidge was the first President to make a radio broadcast.

Herbert Hoover’s son Alan had pet alligators that wandered around the White House.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first to appear on television when he opened the New York World’s Fair in 1939.  He was also the first President to have a Presidential plane.

John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic elected President. He was also the first President who was a Boy Scout.

Richard Nixon was the first President to resign from office.

Jimmy Carter was the first President to be born in a hospital.

Ronald Reagan was the first President to wear contact lens.

Bill Clinton was the first President to be a Rhodes Scholar.

 

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