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Are you voting on Tuesday? Here are some fun election facts!

November 2nd, 2016 3:45 PM by Michael Loffredo, CMC

A U.S. presidential candidate is required to be at least 35 years old, a permanent US resident for at least 14 years and considered a natural US born citizen

 

Martin Van Buren was the first natural-born American to become president in 1837. Each of the seven previous presidents were born as British subjects.

 

The first U.S. presidential election was in 1789. Only white men who owned property could vote, a stipulation that prohibited 94% of the population from casting a ballot

 

The 1800 election year was so heated that vice president Aaron Burr ended up killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel

 

George Washington is the only U.S. president in history to win 100% of the Electoral College vote. This is mainly because organized parties weren’t yet formed, and he ran unopposed

 

The oldest presidential candidate to be elected is Ronald Reagan at 69 years old. The youngest is John F. Kennedy at age 34

 

The ultimate “whoops” moment in a U.S. presidential election happened when the Chicago Daily Tribune mistakenly declared that Dewey beat Truman in 1946

 

It is illegal to drink alcohol in Kentucky and South Carolina on election day

 

Few other parts of the Constitution have been so criticized as the Electoral College because it can deny the will of the people. And it has in four elections

 

The first woman to run for U.S. President was Victoria Woodhull in 1872, nearly 50 years before the 19th Amendment allowed women to vote in presidential elections. Her running mate, Frederick Douglass, was the first African-American ever nominated for Vice President

 

The tallest U.S. President was Abraham Lincoln at 6’4?The shortest U.S. President was James Madison at 5’4?

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this Saturday!

 

 

 

Posted by Michael Loffredo, CMC on November 2nd, 2016 3:45 PM