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A look back at other presidential firsts

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | 7:39 p.m. CST

In the wake of the historic first that Barack Obama brings to the presidency as an African-American, the Missourian looked at other firsts throughout presidential history:

First president to be a natural-born American citizen (born after the Revolutionary War): Martin Van Buren

First (and only) president to be elected to more than two terms in office: Franklin D. Roosevelt, four terms

First president to lose a bid for re-election: John Adams

Oldest president: Ronald Reagan, 69 first term, 73 second term

Youngest elected president: John F. Kennedy, 43. Theodore Roosevelt became president at 42 after William McKinley was assassinated.

First president inaugurated in Washington: Thomas Jefferson

First president to live in the White House: John Adams

First president to have been divorced: Ronald Reagan

First president to be unmarried when elected: James Buchanan

First president married in office: Grover Cleveland

First president to resign from office: Richard Nixon

First president to die in office: William Henry Harrison

First president assassinated: Abraham Lincoln

First Catholic president: John F. Kennedy

First president to hold a doctorate: Woodrow Wilson

First president to have no schooling of any kind: Andrew Johnson

First president to win a Nobel Prize: Theodore Roosevelt

First president to be a Rhodes Scholar: Bill Clinton

Sources: www.weeuniverse.com/triviauspresidents.html; www.pocanticohills.org/presidents/firsts.htm; www.mapsofworld.com/us-presidents/us-president-trivia.html


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