Presidential Facts

September 12, 2005

  • In 1965, Congress authorized the Secret Service to protect former presidents and their spouses for their lifetime, unless they decline the protection. Recently, Congress limited the protection of former presidents and their spouses (elected after January 1, 1997) to 10 years after leaving office. President Clinton, who was elected in 1996, will be the last president to receive lifelong protection from the Secret Service.
  • Former President Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison in 1892, becoming the first (and, to date, only) chief executive to win non-consecutive terms to the White House.
  • President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It’s a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
  • President Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
  • Richard Nixon was the 1st US president to visit China in February, 1972.
  • Seven of the eight US Presidents who have died in office – either through illness or assassination – were elected at precisely 20-year intervals.
  • The first losing candidate in a US presidential election was Thomas Jefferson. He lost to John Adams. George Washington had been unopposed.
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One Response to “Presidential Facts”

  1. podz Says:

    Point #1: What do you bet they’ll change that for GWB ?


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