January 29 is the birthday of William McKinley, the twenty-fifth U.S. president, who was born in 1843 in Niles, Ohio. If you ever have the good fortune to see a $500 bill, you’ll find him pictured on it. McKinley was the last veteran of the Civil War to serve as president. He also holds the unfortunate distinction of being one of four presidents to be assassinated. Who were the others? Read on.
Who was the first president born outside the thirteen original states?
Abraham Lincoln, in Kentucky
Who was the first president born west of the Mississippi?
Herbert Hoover, in Iowa
Who was the first president born in the twentieth century?
John F. Kennedy, 1917
Who was the tallest president?
Abraham Lincoln, 6’4”
Who was the shortest?
James Madison, 5’4”
Which presidents were father and son?
John Adams and John Quincy Adams; George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush
Which presidents were grandfather and grandson?
William Harrison and Benjamin Harrison
Which president never married?
Which president was born on the Fourth of July?
Calvin Coolidge, 1872
Which presidents died on the Fourth of July?
Thomas Jefferson, 1826; John Adams, 1826; James Monroe, 1831
Which presidents were assassinated?
Abraham Lincoln, 1865; James Garfield, 1881; William McKinley, 1901; John F. Kennedy, 1963
Which survived assassination attempts?
Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan
Other than the four assassinated, which four presidents died in office?
William Harrison, 1841; Zachary Taylor, 1850; Warren Harding, 1923; Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945