By Jamal Laoudi
By Jamal Laoudi
Washington D.C. – Early voting has started and votes have already been cast to choose the next president of the United States. Like every election, some will stay home. Here are ten interesting facts about the U.S. presidency that should compel a non-voter to come out and partake in the election process:
1 – The first non-establishment, non-elitist president was Andrew Jackson in 1828.
2- All U.S. Presidents have been males and of Christian faith so far.
3- The electoral votes allocated to each state can and do change from election cycle to another depending on population numbers reported by the census bureau.
4- George Washington gave the shortest inauguration speech at 135 words. William Henry Harrison’s was the longest, at 8,445 words. The latter later died a month later of Pneumonia
5- George Washington had to be lobbied to run for the presidency. In a response to one such lobby attempt by Alexander Hamilton he said: “It is my great and sole desire to live and die, in peace and retirement on my own farm.”
6- Four times we had a president who did not win the popular vote: 1824 John Quincy Adam, 1876 Rutherford B Hayes, 1888 Benjamin Harrison, and 2000 George W Bush
7 – The election of 1800 took 36 rounds of votes to decide Thomas Jefferson as president.
8- Eight Presidents died while in office. Four were assassinated, and four others died of natural causes. Statistically speaking, there is about 18% chance that the next president of the United States will die in office, which makes it one of the deadliest, if not the deadliest, job there is.
9- Reagan won 49 of the 50 states in 1984 elections, all but Minnesota. The coining of the term “Reagan democrats” was solidified.
10- While it is true that George Washington is the first president of the United States since the constitution was adopted, it is always neglected that there were other presidents prior to him. They were called “Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled.” John Hanson and John Hancock are but some of those names.