Thomas Jefferson - Did you know these facts about this great American President?
• He was the first president elected by the House of Representatives.
• He wanted to be remembered not for his presidency, but for the roles he played in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and the University of Virginia.
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Fun Fact: Best and Worst Presidents
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are consistently ranked at the top of the lists. Often ranked just below those three are Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. The remaining places in the top 10 are often rounded out by Harry S. Truman, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Andrew Jackson. The bottom ranks often include Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Warren G. Harding. William Henry Harrison and James A. Garfield both died shortly after entering office, and are sometimes not included in the rankings as a result.
After much research on so many Worst Presidents polls and forums, I found this comment by a person on Personman.com:
(the list he/she is referring to)
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
4. Thomas Jefferson
5. John Kennedy
39. Franklin Pierce
40. Herbert Hoover
41. Andrew Johnson
42. James Buchanan
43. Warren G. Harding
-- Lots of overrated presidents in your top 5. I'm not saying they're bad, but not top 5.
Jefferson as president: if you look beyond the Louisiana Purchase he made some dumb decisions. And owned slaves until the day he died.
Kennedy: If he wasn't handsome, had a hot wife, and was murdered, he wouldn't be held in such reverence. What his father did to get him elected is simply mind-bending. His great achievement: Civil Rights.
Space program? In his private tapes he said the space program was just a gimmick.
Cuban Missile Crisis? A great act of dipolomacy necessary because he screwed up with the Bag of Pigs.
FDR: Stepped on the Constitution. He did NOT solve the Depression, WW2 did that. He LIED to the American people about entering the war.
Woodrow Wilson: Prohibition? The WORST Amendment in US history. Racist.
Washington and Lincoln
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US President Facts
The United States formed on July 4th, 1776 when 13 British colonies in North America declared independence and formed their own country. Based upon the concepts of individual equality the government is a representative based republic. The figure of the president has experienced different eras since its creation at the 1789 Constitutional Convention. While some of the Founders, namely Hamilton, thought it wise to create a monarch-like executive with life tenure, Washington declined the title of “king” and followed the more democratic consensus, giving us the form of government we have today.
The United States is a Republic, not a Democracy, so simply winning a majority of votes doesn’t quite get you a seat in the Oval Office. There is the popular vote, which is a simple majority to win; however, the Electoral College has a mighty sway in an election. Each state has a group of electors based on the number of House Representatives and Senators combined. Typically, the winner of the popular vote in a state is given all of the Electoral votes. The Electoral College has caused many to claim that one vote doesn’t count. Indeed it does; however, you may not be voting for President, but rather, voting for an Electors vote.
The President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The articles of impeachment originate in the House with a majority vote and the case is heard by the U.S. Senate with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding. If two-thirds of the Senate vote in favor, the President is removed from office.
One must be a natural born American citizen, 35 years of age, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.
US President Fun Facts
George Washington - Teeth were made from elephant and walrus tusks, not wood.
Martin Van Buren - First President born an American citizen - (all before him were born in the British colonies)
Herbert Hoover - Spoke chinese to his wife to keep their stories private
Jimmy Carter - First President born in a hospital