First established in 1885 as “Washington’s Birthday,” Presidents’ Day has been observed on the third Monday in February since 1971 (it was previously marked every year on February 22nd). History Buffs now provides 45 Twitter posts about the 43 individuals who served as our first 44 Presidents:

The only time Washington (1789-1797) left the US was a trip to Barbados in 1751. #PresidentsDay  #trivia

In the Boston Massacre trial, John Adams (1797-1801) defended the British. Opposing lawyer was cousin Samuel Adams #PresidentsDay #trivia

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) died 50-years to the day after the Dec. of Ind. was signed (he wrote the document). #PresidentsDay #trivia

James Madison (1809-1817) fled DC after the British conquered it in the War of 1812. British set White House on fire. #PresidentsDay #trivia

As Sec. of State James Monroe (1817-1825) controversially fired M.M. Noah as Consul at Tunis b/c of his Jewish faith. #PresidentsDay #trivia

J.Q. Adams (1825-1829) became a Congressman from Mass. after serving as POTUS. Represented districts 8, 11 & 12. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) killed a man in a duel in 1806. Jackson was shot in the chest at that duel but survived. #PresidentsDay #trivia

The word “okay” is named after Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), nicknamed “Old Kinderhook.” It’s all okay with O.K. #PresidentsDay #trivia

W.H. Harrison (1841) died 32-days in office. Had he lived longer? He promised to weaken exec. branch & serve 1 term. #PresidentsDay #trivia

John Tyler (1841-1845) has two living grandchildren today. During the Civil War, he was elected to the CSA House. #PresidentsDay #trivia

James K. Polk (1845-1849): Created the Department of the @Interior on his last day in office. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) did not take the oath of office on Inauguration Day because it was a Sunday. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) was a member of the anti-Catholic “Know-Nothing Party” after his presidency (as a Whig). #PresidentsDay #trivia

The presidency of F. Pierce (1853-1857) was tragic; it began w/ a crash that killed his son before the inauguration. #PresidentsDay #trivia

James Buchanan (1857-1861) is often considered to be the worst POTUS among the 44. Do you agree? #PresidentsDay #trivia

The first VP of the Lincoln Admin. (1861-1865) was Hannibal Hamlin of ME. They campaigned as: Abra/Hamlin/coln. #PresidentsDay #trivia

When Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) was impeached, Sen. Ross was the final “no” vote. Ross was honored in JFK’s Profiles. #PresidentsDay #trivia

In 1862, U.S. Grant (1869-1877) issued Gen. Order 11 expelling all Jews from his area (mostly TN). Lincoln said ‘no.’ #PresidentsDay #trivia

R.B. Hayes (1877-1881) is our favorite ‘dry’ POTUS. With no liquor at the WH, his wife was nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy.” #PresidentsDay #trivia

James Garfield (1881) was a skilled mathematician who discovered a proof – taught today – to the Pythagorean Theorem. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Chester Arthur (1881-1885): Rumored to be born in Canada, not VT (borders were iffy then). No birth certificate… #PresidentsDay #trivia

Grover Cleveland (1885-1889; 1893-1897) was the first Democrat elected POTUS since the election of 1857! #PresidentsDay #trivia

Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) is our final bearded President. Do you think any modern POTUS would bring beards back? #PresidentsDay #trivia

Grover Cleveland’s (1885-1889; 1893-1897) election in 1892: the only time both candidates running are POTUS. #PresidentsDay #trivia

William McKinley (1897-1901) was assassinated at the Pan-Am Expo. in Buffalo. He was at the site’s Temple of Music. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) was the first POTUS to leave US borders in office; he visited Panama in Nov. 1906. #PresidentsDay #trivia

William H. Taft (1909-1913) became Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court in 1921, the only POTUS to do so. #PresidentsDay #trivia

After Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) suffered a stroke in 1919, many believed that wife, Edith, was running the country. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Warren Harding (1921-1923) is credited w/ coining the word “normalcy” during his campaign, promising a return to it. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) was staying at his dad’s house when Harding died. His dad – a judge – swore in Cal. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) had the longest post-presidential career (31-years). He helped feed to Europe after WWII. #PresidentsDay #trivia

FDR (1933-1945) had three VPs during his four terms: J. Garner (’33-’41), H. Wallace (’41-’45) & H. Truman (’45). #PresidentsDay #trivia

The parents of Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) couldn’t decide on his middle name (Shipp or Solomon), so they chose “S.” #PresidentsDay #trivia

D.D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) won both his terms against Democrat – and later Ambassador to the UN – Adlai Stevenson. #PresidentsDay #trivia

JFKs (’61-63) undelivered TX speech ended w/ Pslams “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.” #PresidentsDay #trivia

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) died less than a month after Pres. Truman, on Jan. 22, 1973 (Truman died Dec. 26 1972). #PresidentsDay #trivia

Suspected as behind the Watergate break-in, there was never definitive proof that R. Nixon (1969-1974) had ordered it #PresidentsDay #trivia

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1974-1977)’s birth name was “Leslie Lynch King, Jr.” He legally changed his name at age 22. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Carter (1977-1981) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Also won: T. Roosevelt (1906), Wilson (1919) & Obama (2009). #PresidentsDay #trivia

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) is credited by @imdb as having appeared in 79 film or TV productions between 1937 and 1966. #PresidentsDay #trivia

George HW Bush (1989-1993) had 89% approval in Mar. 1991, yet lost the election 20-mos. later (won 38% of pop. vote). #PresidentsDay #trivia

The last 17 days of Bill Clinton (1993-2001)’s presidency were the first of his wife’s Senate term. #PresidentsDay #trivia

George W. Bush (2001-2009) was an owner of the Texas @Rangers baseball franchise from 1989-1994. #PresidentsDay #trivia

Barack Obama (2009-) is cousins with Madison, Truman, LBJ, Ford, Bush 41, and Bush 43. Quite an illustrious group! #PresidentsDay #trivia

Only 2 Jews ever made it to the electoral map: VP candidates Theodora Nathan (1972) & @JoeLieberman (2000). When will it next happen? 2016?


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