Election Fun Facts

1. The United States is ranked 139th out of 172 countries in voter participation.
2. The first election to use a voting machine was in 1892.
3. Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
4. George Washington was the only president who did not represent a political party.
5. At the age of 69, Ronald Reagan became the oldest person ever elected U.S. president.
6. Herbert Hoover approved “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
7. George Washington blew his entire campaign budget on 160 gallons of liquor to serve to potential voters.
8. It wasn’t until 1856 that Congress removed property ownership as a requirement to vote in elections.
9. In 1845, Congress decided that voting day would be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which was after the fall harvest and before winter conditions made travel too difficult.
10. Cartoonist Thomas Nash is credited with creating both the Republican and Democratic symbols, the elephant and the donkey, respectively, when he lampooned the political parties in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly magazine in 1874. Soon people everywhere began using those symbols to represent the parties.

• Abraham Lincoln was 6 feet, 4 inches (1.9 meters), making him the tallest U.S. president.
• The first left-handed president was James Garfield, the 20th president.
• Millard Fillmore, the 13th president, was the first president to have a stepmother.
• The only president who studied to become a medical doctor was William Henry Harrison, the ninth president.
• The 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was given a $20 speeding ticket for riding his horse and buggy too fast down a street in Washington, D.C.
• The White House’s first website went online in October 1994 during President Bill Clinton’s administration.