It is the first full week of November, and Tuesday is the first Tuesday of November. That means Tuesday is known as election day, and that means this week’s history is full of election facts.
Some of this week’s facts are well known, others are not. No matter what side of politics you are on, history is important, including election and Presidential history. All too often, Americans take their freedoms and their right to vote for granted.
We forget the struggles and issues of those that have gone before us. So this week I hope you enjoy learning a few things from history about elections and Presidents.
Staying with the election theme this week’s fact is about a U. S. President.
Thomas Jefferson was the first President inaugurated in Washington D.C. He did not want any fancy parties or big events. In fact, he walked to his hotel after being inaugurated instead of riding in a carriage.
What a difference that is from our day and age, and what Presidential inaugurations are like now.
- 1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman elected U.S. governor after winning the Wyoming election.
- 1946 Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, was born.
- 1911 Roy Rogers, actor and singer known for being a singing cowboy, was born.
- 1912 Woodrow Wilson won the election to become the twenty-eighth U.S. President.
- 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the thirty-second U.S. President, was elected for a third term.
- 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth U.S. President. He was the first Republican to win the office of U.S. President.
- 1861 Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
- 1916 Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress when she won the Montana U.S. House of Representatives election.
- 2000 Hillary Clinton became the first First Lady elected to the U.S. Senate when she won the New York election for Senator.
- 1887 Doc Holliday, dentist, gambler, and an Old West gunman, died from tuberculosis in Colorado at the age of 36.
- 1960 John F. Kennedy was elected the thirty fifth U.S. President. He was the youngest man elected and the first Catholic to be elected.
- 2016 Donald Trump became the forty-fifth U.S. President when he defeated Hillary Clinton.
- 1906 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, began his travel to Panama to observe the construction of the Panama Canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. President.
- 1918 Spiro Agnew, the thirty ninth U.S Vice President, was born.
- 1775 The U.S. Marine Corps was founded in Pennsylvania. They were originally called the Continental Marines.