Presidential Firsts


Presidential Firsts. From the first American President George Washington to the current and first African American President in American History, Barack Obama.



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George Washington First American President of the United States
First future President to become a prisoner of war. Washington was Captured in the French and Indian War
First President to Marry a widow
Was the only President to not live in Washington D.C.
First President to be depicted upon a United States postage stamp
First President to Veto a Bill
John Adams First President whose son also became the President of the United States
First President to be inaugurated by a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
First President to reach the age of 90
Thomas Jefferson First President to be a widower upon inauguration
First President who was a Governor of a state
First President who had served the cabinet post of Secretary of State
First President who was elected by the House Of Representatives
James Madison First President who also served in Congress
First President, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead the nation in war. The War of 1812
The first Inaugural Ball was held the evening after the swearing-in ceremony
The last surviving signer of the United States Constitution
James Monroe First President whose daughter was married in the White House
First President to ride on a steam boat
First Senator to be President of the United States
John Quincy Adams First President whose father was also President of the United States
First President whose father signed the
Declaration of Independence
First President who was married abroad
First President whose son was married in the White House
Only President who served in the House of Representatives after the Presidency
Andrew Jackson First President born in a log cabin
First President to marry a divorced woman
Youngest future President to become a prisoner of war. Jackson was captured by the British, at the age of 13, while serving in the American Revolution
First President to ride on a railroad train
First President to have a cabinet member appointee rejected by the Senate
Appointed the first Roman Catholic Chief Justice to the Supreme Court
First assassination attempt of a sitting President
Martin Van Buren First President to be born a citizen of the United States
First President whose son died in a foreign country
William Henry Harrison First President to die in office
The last President to be born before the American Revolution
President to serve the shortest term
Only President whose grandson, Benjamin Harrison also served as President of the United States.
John Tyler First Vice President to take over the presidency upon the death of a sitting President
The first President to get married while in office
First President whose wife died while still in office
First President to have a veto over turned by Congress
James K. Polk First President born in North Carolina
First President who was the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Zachary Taylor First President who didn't serve in the U.S. Congress or the Continental Congress
First President whose political party did not have majority in the Senate
Millard Fillmore First President to have a step mother
Franklin Pierce First President born in New Hampshire
First President born in the 19th century
The only elected President sought the nomination but did not get it
James Buchanan First President born in Pennsylvania
First and only President to never marry
Abraham Lincoln First President born in Kentucky
First President assassinated
First President to obtain a patent
First President to wear a beard
Signed first presidential executive order to be numbered and filed
Andrew Johnson First President to be impeached Andrew Johnson Impeachment
First President to not have a legal or military background
First President to become a Senator after his presidency
First President in American History to host an Easter egg roll on the White House lawn
Ulysses S. Grant First President born in Ohio
First President whose parents were still alive when he took the oath of office
Rutherford B. Hayes First President sworn in on March 3, in a White House private ceremony
First President in office to visit the West Coast
James Abram Garfield First President whose mother was at his inauguration
Second president to be assassinated
First left-handed President
Chester Arthur First President born in Vermont
Grover Cleveland First President born in New Jersey
First and only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. 22nd and 24th U.S. President
First and only President married in the White House
First President to have a child born in the White House
Benjamin Harrison First and only President to be the grandson of a former President. William Henry Harrison
William McKinley First President to use the telephone during his presidential campaign
Third President to be assassinated
Theodore Roosevelt First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize
Youngest President to take the oath of office
First President to submerge in a submarine
First President to visit a foreign country while in office
First President to ride in an automobile
First President to fly in an airplane. Theodore Roosevelt flew in what was called an "aeroplane" on October 11, 1910 after he left office.
William H. Taft First and only President to become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
First former cabinet member, other than Secretary of State to become a U.S. President
First President to Pitch out the first ball, opening the baseball season
First President of the new 48 states, when Arizona was added to the union in 1912
First President to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
Woodrow Wilson First President to be president of a major university
First and only President who had two daughters married in the White House
First President with a doctoral degree
First President to hold a press conference
First President to appoint a Jewish American Justice to the United States Supreme Court
First President to appoint a Secretary of Labor
First President to cross the Atlantic Ocean
First President to use radio equipment
First and only President buried in Washington, D.C.
First President to appoint a woman to a sub-cabinet post
First President to have a cabinet member with the same name (William Bauchop Wilao, Secretary of Labor)
First and only President buried in Washington, D.C.
Warren Harding First President to ride in an automobile to his inauguration
First President to have a cabinet member convicted of a crime
Calvin Coolidge First president sworn in by his father
First President sworn in by a former U.S. President
First President to have his inauguration broadcast
Herbert Hoover Firt President born in Iowa
First President to be named for an asteroid. (Hoveria)
President lived the longest after serving his term of office (31 plus years)
First President to have a phone on his desk
Franklin Roosevelt First President elected for a third term and then elected to a fourth term
First President to have a physical disability
First President to be defeated as a Vice Presidential candidate and later be elected as President
First President to nominate a woman to a cabinet post
First President to appoint a woman minister to represent the U.S. in a foreign country
First President to visit South America while still in office
First President to broadcast froma a foreign country
First President to visit the Panama Canal while still in office
First President to visit Hawaii while still in office
First President to ride on a Diesel Train
First President to appear on television
First President to flay in an airplane while in office. FDR took a a flight on January 14, 1943 to Casablanca, Morocco to meet with Prime Minister Winston Churchill
First President to leave the United States during wartime
Harry Truman First President born in Missouri
First President to press conference recorded on tape and given from the White House
First President to travel in a modern submarine
First President to receive a woman ambassador from a foreign country. (ambassador of India)
Dwight D. Eisenhower First President born in Texas
First President of 49 and then all 50 States
First President to have a news conference recorded both by newsreels and televesion
First President to be televised in color
First President to be submerged in an atomic submarine
John F. Kennedy First President born in the 20th century
First Roman Catholic President
First President to hold a live televised press conference
First President to win a Pulitzer Prize
First President to have served in the United States Navy
First Presidential candiate to have televised debates
First President to appoint a brother to a cabinet post (Attorney General, Robert Kennedy)
First President to have a brother in the Senate
(Senator Edward Kennedy)
Fourth United States President to be assassinated
Lyndon Johnson First President to ride in a armored vehicle to his inauguration
First President to be sworn in behind a bullet proof enclosure
First President to be sworn in by a woman
First President to be inaugurated wearing a business suit
First President to appoint an African American to the United States Supreme Court (Justice Thurgood Marshall)
Richard Nixon First President to nominate a Vice President under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
First President to visit Communist China while in office
First President to attend the launching of a manned space flight (Apollo 12)
First President to resign from office. Articles of impeachment were drawn but President Nixon resigned pryor to being impeached
First President to be pardoned by his successor. Nixon was pardoned by President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford First President born in Nebraska
First President to serve both as Vice President and President without being elected to either position
First President to give a pardon to a former President
First President to visit Japan while in office
First President to release a full medical report to the public
Survived two Presidential Assassination attempts
Jimmy Carter First President from the State of Georgia
First President to have graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy
First President to have been born in a hospital
First President to walk from the Capitol to the White House in the parade following the swearing-in ceremony.
First President to do a phone-in Q and A from the public
Ronald Reagan First President born in Illonois
First President to have been divorced
First President to appoint a woman Justice to the United States Supreme Court (Sandra Day O-Connor)
First President to have been a union leader (President of the Screen Actors Guild)
The Oldest President to take offfice and the oldest upon leaving office
Ronald Reagan had the highest number of electoral votes in United States election history, 525 out of 538
George H. W. Bush First President who served as the Ambassador to the United Nations
First President who served as the Director of the Central Intelligenc Agency (C.I.A.)
First President to become acting President
Bill Clinton First President born in Arkansas
First President to participate in a live Internet chat
First President to appoint the First Lady the head of a presidential commission
First President to be named in a sexual harassment suit
Second President to be Impeached but the first elected president to be Impeached. President Clinton's impeachment
First President to use the Line-Item Veto
George W. Bush First President to be born in Conneticut
First President to have an M.B.A Degree
Second President who was a son of a former President. Bush's father was President 41 George Herbert Walker Bush
Barack Obama First African-American President of the United States
Barack Obama is the First President to publicly acknowledge the existence of Area 51 in Nevada





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