Monday, February 17, 2014

The day of presidents


Well, it's Presidents Day.

To adequately commemorate the forty-four figures who have graced the Oval Office in American history, I decided to go through with something I've been planning for a while.

Though it seemed innocent at the time, the Franklin Pierce card my dad got me for Christmas completed a major goal of mine.

I now have at least one card of every United States president. I've been wanting to show them all off on this blog for some time now.

From Washington to Obama, what you see above is a tile of every single Commander in Chief.

Here's a closer look at all 44 presidents, and the cards I own of them.




President #1 -- George Washington (Served as president from 1789-1797)
#2 -- John Adams (1797-1801)
#3 -- Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
#4 -- James Madison (1809-1817)
#5 -- James Monroe (1817-1825)
#6 -- John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Fun fact: Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe also passed away on Independence Day five years later.




#7 -- Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
#8 -- Marvin Van Buren (1837-1841)
#9 -- William Henry Harrison (1841, died in office)
#10 -- John Tyler (1841-1845)
#11 -- James Polk (1845-1849)
#12 -- Zachary Taylor (1849-1850, died in office)

Fun fact: John Tyler (born in 1790) has two living grandchildren. Here's proof.




#13 -- Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
#14 -- Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
#15 -- James Buchanan (1857-1861)
#16 -- Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865, assassinated)
#17 -- Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
#18 -- Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

Fun fact: James Buchanan is still the only bachelor president in American history.




#19 -- Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
#20 -- James Garfield (1881, assassinated)
#21 -- Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
#22 -- Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
#23 -- Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
#24 -- Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)

Fun fact: Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.




#25 -- William McKinley (1897-1901, assassinated)
#26 -- Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
#27 -- William H. Taft (1909-1913)
#28 -- Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
#29 -- Warren G. Harding (1921-1923, died in office)
#30 -- Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

Fun fact: William H. Taft was the first president to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game, doing so before an Opening Day contest between the Senators and A's on April 14th, 1910.




#31 -- Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
#32 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945, died in office)
#33 -- Harry S Truman (1945-1953)
#34 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
#35 -- John F. Kennedy (1961-1963, assassinated)
#36 -- Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

Fun fact: The "S" in Harry Truman's middle name does not stand for anything.




#37 -- Richard Nixon (1969-1974, resigned)
#38 -- Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
#39 -- Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
#40 -- Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
#41 -- George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
#42 -- Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

Fun fact: During his acting days, Ronald Reagan portrayed Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in the 1952 film The Winning Team.




#43 -- George W. Bush (2001-2009)
#44 -- Barack Obama (2009-present)

Fun fact: George W. Bush was part of the Texas Rangers front office when the team traded a young outfielder named Sammy Sosa to the White Sox in 1989.

Happy Presidents Day, everyone!

6 comments:

Laurens said...

Nice little cardboard tribute.

Fuji said...

Cardboard presidents rule! Love the fun facts... especially the one about President Tyler's two living grandsons. That's crazy!

petethan said...

I think it's time for another bachelor President. He could be on CNN for his job, TMZ for his dating gossip.

Mark Hoyle said...

Love the collection

John Miller said...

Sweet collection!

Hackenbush said...

Holy Commander in Chief, Batman!