Presidents by the Numbers

President’s Day is an American holiday that honors our presidents past and present, particularly George Washington, our first president.

Third: Monday in February on which President’s Day is celebrated.

22Nd: day in February the holiday was originally celebrated, since it’s George Washington’s birthday; the government still officially refers to the day as Washington’s Birthday.

1855: the first year President’s Day was made official, when it was still celebrated on Washington’s birthday.

1971: the year the name and date were changed in a government movement to provide more three-day weekends for workers.

2: number of presidents who died on July 4th, 1826. Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away within hours of each other.

More than 100: number of duels Andrew Jackson took part in; he was shot in at least two of them, once in the arm and once in the chest.

15: number of children President John Tyler had, the most of any president.

2: number of his grandchildren that are still alive today.

At least 20: cigars that Ulysses S. Grant smoked per day.

10,000: number of cigars he was sent as a gift by grateful citizens after winning the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War.

1885: the year he died of throat cancer.

1901: year the White House was officially called the White House, by decree of President Teddy Roosevelt. Before that, it had been called everything from the President’s Palace to the Executive Mansion to the President’s House.

Teddy Roosevelt was the first president to ride in a car. His cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt was later the first president to ride in an airplane.

6 feet, 4 inches: height of the tallest U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

80: pairs of pants owned by President Chester Arthur, popularly known as Elegant Arthur  for his flair for fashion.

4: women who asked to marry him on his last day in office.


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