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Let's Chat About...President's Day

I am the first to admit that I'm not a history buff, especially when it comes to government. But I will say that I really enjoyed doing the research for this blog! Who knew that the topic of presidency could be so interesting?? Here goes:

President's day was originally celebrated as George Washington's birthday. He was born on February 22nd, 1732. It became a National Holiday in 1879 and was observed on the 3rd Monday of each February. George Washington was the 1st US President and is known for leading the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolutionary War. Since then, it has evolved from being called Washington's Birthday to President's Day, honoring all of the United States President's.

Here is a list of all of our nation's Presidents:

  1. George Washington (1789-1797) Unaffiliated

  2. John Adams (1797-1801) Federalist

  3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) Democratic Republic

  4. James Madison (1809-1817) Democratic Republic

  5. James Monroe (1817-1825) Democratic Republic

  6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) Democratic Republic

  7. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) Democrat

  8. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) Democrat

  9. William Henry Harrison* (1841-1841) Whig

  10. John Tyler (1841-1854) Whig

  11. James K Polk (1845-1849) Democrat

  12. Zachary Taylor* (1849-1850) Whig

  13. Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) Whig

  14. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) Democrat

  15. James Buchanan (1857-1861) Democrat

  16. Abraham Lincoln* (1861-1865) Republican

  17. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) Democrat

  18. Ulysses S Grant (1869-1877) Republican

  19. Rutherford B Hayes (1877-1881) Republican

  20. James A Garfield* (1881-1881) Republican

  21. Chester A Arthur (1881-1885) Republican

  22. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) Democrat

  23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) Republican

  24. Glover Cleveland (1893-1897) Democrat

  25. William McKinley* (1897-1901) Republican

  26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) Republican

  27. William Howard Taft (1909-1913) Republican

  28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) Democrat

  29. Warren G Harding* (1921-1923) Republican

  30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) Republican

  31. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) Republican

  32. Franklin D Roosevelt* (1933-1945) Democrat

  33. Harry S Truman (1945-1953) Democrat

  34. Dwight D Eisenhower (1953-1961) Republican

  35. John F Kennedy* (1961-1963) Democrat

  36. Lyndon B Johnson (1963-1969) Democrat

  37. Richard Nixon - Resigned (1969-1974) Republican

  38. Gerald Ford (1974-1977) Republican

  39. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) Democrat

  40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) Republican

  41. George Bush (1989-1993) Republican

  42. Bill Clinton (1993-2001) Democrat

  43. George W Bush (2001-2009) Republican

  44. Barack Obama (2009-2017) Democrat

  45. Donald Trump (2017-2021) Republican

  46. Joe Biden (2021-Present) Democrat

*denotes - Died in Office

Historical Rankings of Presidents:

  1. Abraham Lincoln (Leadership during the Civil War & Abolition of Slavery)

  2. Franklin D Roosevelt (Lead our Country out of the Great Depression during World War II)

  3. George Washington (Our Countries Founding Father & 1st President of the United States)

  4. Thomas Jefferson (Author of the Declaration of Independance)

  5. Theodore Roosevelt (Conservationist - instrumental in founding our National Parks)

Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota. Construction on this National Monument was begun in 1927 and completed sometime between1934 and1939. It was originally named "Shrine of Democracy" but was also referred to as "Six Grandfathers" by the Lakota Plains Indians. The 6 grandfathers were represented by the 6 directions (North, South, East, West, Above - Sky, and Below - Earth). Later it was named "Mount Rushmore" after New York attorney Charles E Rushmore, who was hired to settle a dispute over who owned the land. This sculpture includes the great Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

My favorite president would have to be Theodore Roosevelt. I learned the most about him through our travels to Medora, North Dakota. This place holds a special place in my heart because this is where Randy and I were married in 2008. Mr. Roosevelt played a large part in getting this area developed and preserved.

Roosevelt first came to the Badlands of North Dakota to hunt Bison in September of 1883. He fell in love with the land and the "Perfect Freedom" the West had to offer. He invested money into the "Maltese Cross" Cattle Ranch which was located 7 miles South of Medora. Later he started another Ranch which he named "Elkhorn Ranch". This was located 35 miles North of Medora.

One of President Theodore Roosevelt's greatest accomplishments was the development of our National Parks. He even had one named after him which is located in Medora, ND "Theodore Roosevelt National Park".

Fun Facts:

  • Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president of the United States. He was 42 years old when he was elected.

  • On a hunting trip Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been tied to a tree, prompting the cartoonist Clifford Berryman to name it “Teddy’s Bear.” The Ideal Toy Company received permission from Roosevelt to use the name, and the Teddy Bear became one of the most popular stuffed animals in history.

So, who is your favorite president of all time? Who are you rooting for in the next election? Please provide your input in the comments below!

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