5 Surprising ‘Firsts’ About Presidents Day

5 Surprising ‘Firsts’ About Presidents Day

  1. Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. However, March 4 was the first proposed date, which was based on the original inauguration day.

  2. Presidents Day was originally intended to honor George Washington’s birthday, February 22. However, its close proximity to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 led to the more inclusive name. Two other Presidents also have February birthdays: William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773) and Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911).

  3. The first President to be photographed in office was James K. Polk. The first President to have a telephone at his desk was Herbert Hoover. The first President to be heard on radio was Calvin Coolidge. The first President seen on TV was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  4. The first President born as a citizen of the US was Martin Van Buren. All previous presidents were born as British subjects. Van Buren was also the only President whose first language was not English. His mother-tongue was Dutch.

  5. The first (and only) President who never married was James Buchanan, whose term immediately preceded Lincoln’s and led to The Civil War. The first divorced President was Ronald Reagan, whose 1940 marriage to Jane Wyman ended in 1949.

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