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Living under 15 U.S. presidents

January 22, 2009

I was born in 1928 and the president at that time was Calvin Coolidge. President Barack Obama is the 15th president in my lifetime, so I have seen lots of changes in our country over the years. I decided to do some digging on the Internet about some statistics.

Our first President George Washington was the only one that did not belong to a political party. The youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy but the youngest to assume office was Theodore Roosevelt when William McKinley was assassinated. The oldest president to assume office was Ronald Reagan. The longest living president was Gerald Ford, who died at the age of 93 years and 165 days. Ronald Reagan was the second longest lived president and he was 93 years and 120 days old. The shortest lived president was John F. Kennedy who died at the age of 46 and 177 days.

Barack Obama is the fifth youngest person to become president. He was 47 years, 5 months and 16 days old on Tuesday of this week. President Obama is our 44th president but he is serving the 56th term of office. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only one who served three terms. The law changed so that now they can only serve two terms. There have been 42 people sworn into office and 43 presidencies. Due to the fact that Grover Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms and is counted chronologically as both the 22nd and 24th president.

There have been four presidents die of natural causes, one resigned, and four were assassinated. William Henry Harrison spent the shortest time in office. That was because he gave the longest inaugural speech of one hour and 45 minutes during a snowstorm and he did not have a heavy coat on. He caught pneumonia and died 32 days later. Franklin D. Roosevelt spent the longest time in office. His personal popularity remained higher during his presidency than any other president.

We have a wonderful country. Our country does more to help the needy in the world than any other and it is great to see a smooth transition from one president to another. I personally want to thank President Bush for keeping us safe for eight years. There was not another attack on our soil since 9-11 and it is not because the terrorists didn’t try. We wish President Obama the best of luck. He has his work cut out for him


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