Monday, February 18, 2013

Care2's President Day Article

9 Facts You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents

Kristina Chew from Care2 writes:
"1) The eighth president, Martin van Buren, was the first to be born a U.S. citizen.

2) Presidents like having pets. Many have had dogs; Andrew Jackson had a parrot who cursed. John F. Kennedy and his family had a quite varied menagerie as did Theodore Roosevelt.

3) Earlier presidents certainly were not worrying about keeping what we would consider exotic (and, now, endangered) species as “pets.” Thomas Jefferson had two bear cubs and Martun Van Buren, two tiger cubs.

4) Ten presidents (including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Harry S Truman) did not have a college degree.

5) Eight early U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison) owned slaves while serving in our country’s highest office.

6) Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln movie depicts the 16th president heroically working to have the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed. But the historical record reveals that Lincoln wasn’t exactly the “most compassionate” of presidents. He gave the order for the largest mass execution on U. S. soil: On December 26, 1862, 38 alleged Native American raiders were hung by Lincoln’s order in Mankato, Minnesota.

7) Only one president, James Buchanan, never married. He is described as nearly inseparable from Alabama senator William T. King, who was known as “his wife.”
8)Andrew Johnson was not only the only tailor to become president and the first president to be impeached. He also sewed his own suits.

9) Attempts to alleviate the suffering of the 20th president, James A. Garfield, after he was shot on July 2, 1891 led to navy engineers creating what may have been the first air conditioner. Garfield was struck by two bullets and became more and more ill from infection. Six tons of ice and an air blower were part of a device to give him relief in the White House from Washington D.C.’s summer heat. Garfield died 80 days after he was shot — and the invention that brought relief to a mortally injured president is now one that needs regulating, as it is heating up the world.

10) So far, not a single woman has been elected as U.S. president. But women have been elected as president in Argentina, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Nicaragua, Philippines, South Korea and Sri Lanka– the U.S. clearly needs to do some catching up here."



A comment:

"Cyan D. 10:11AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Another stupid misleading article. As others have noted, "duh" about citizenship. It is clear from the founding documents that anyone on the continent at the time of the American Revolution, and fought for freedom, and those who chose allegiance to the new nation, were US citizens. Most of the founders were born on the continent before the American Revolution. The Constitution says anyone born after the 1787 adoption of the Constitution, must be "natural born". By common law and court decisions and recorded regulations, that is held to be jus soli, born on US soil. Most of the first Presidents had been born well before the US became a nation."

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