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Things I’ve learned from my reading so far:

-Abe Lincoln once suggested cow dung as a dueling weapon.

-James Madison is the only president to have honorary citizenship in another country. (it’s France)

-Ronald Reagan was the first president to ever be divorced.

-Dolley Madison is the longest serving First Lady or White House Hostess.

-The Kennedys met because Jackie was the camera girl interviewing JFK.

-Edith Wilson is known as “the presidentress” because of her role in making decision on behalf of her husband after he suffered a stoke.

-Grace Coolidge delivered a is the only first lady to give a speech at Gallaudet. (and yes, she did sign it)

-Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 states.

-William Henry Harrison gave the longest Inaugural Speech, FDR gave the shortest. 

-Andrew Jackson was drunk when he was sworn in as Vice President.

-James Madison is the only president to ever lead troops from the battlefield.

-John Tyler had the nickname of “His Accidency”

-John Quincy Adams wore the same hat every day for 10 years.

-JFK was the first president to never wear a hat.

-Ulysses S Grant’s favorite horse was named Jeff Davis, to mock the president of the Confederacy. 

-James Madison once accused Benjamin Franklin of being a British spy.

-Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, was present for three presidential assassinations.

My top 10 favorite presidents

10. Lyndon B Johnson

Lyndon was a southern democrat, the highly qualified former senator and vice president to the late Jack Kennedy. He started his career as a representative from Texas’ 10th district, then became the senate majority whip, he went on to become the senate minority/majority leader, and Kennedy picked him to be Vice President for the South’s vote… it worked. Johnson gave Kennedy Dixie. Jack was shot, and Lyndon became president. He won re-election against Southern Republican Barry Goldwater. As president he cut taxes, passed the civil rights policies John Kennedy wrote, got federal funding for education, he also passed the gun control act of 1968. He died by heart attack in Texas, 1973.

9. Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was a professor at Princeton who became governor for New Jersey, and is controversial for his segregationist views. He carried our country through World War I, what earned my respect was the fact he gave women the right to vote. Wilson wanted to create a sort of United Nations after World War I, but congress refused to let America join it and hope our country remains isolationist. The reason they didn’t want to join is because of the 120,000 Americans who died during the war, we didn’t want another bloody conflict. Wilson also played a minor role in the prohibition of alcohol, and his presidency ended with post war debt. He had a strong start, helping with workers rights and ending the Colorado minor strikes, but ended the presidency with debt. Wilson died at the age of 67 in Washington D.C.

8. Bill Clinton

William Clinton is one of the most controversial presidents in modern history. First, lack of experience: he was only a governor. Now before you say “governor is an elected position” a governor is only state level office. National level is congress, The House or The Senate. The next thing that made him controversial was during the election he in a way alienated the north, surrounding himself with southerners. And there is the infamous Monica Scandal. What also makes him very controversial is his weakness during the mid-terms, causing the democrats to loose congress for the first time in forty years. And he was one of the two presidents to be impeached. So, if he is so controversial why is he eight on my top 10 favorite presidents? He loosened restrictions on abortion, created the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” military policy, and fixed the economy Ronald Reagan broke (and if there is any president I hate, it’s Reagan).

7. Calvin Coolidge

John Calvin Coolidge’s road to the presidency is strange. He was the mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor and later governor. He ran his campaign on women’s rights to vote, fiscal conservatism, support for America to join World War I, and subtly opposed prohibition. In 1920, he won the vice presidency with the Harding/Coolidge ticket. As VP he earned the nickname “Silent Cal.”  At the time the Vice President didn’t have too much power, but he and his wife went to fancy state parties. He made some of the best speeches in history, but got the nickname “Silent Cal” for being a man of few words. Coolidge was aware of the nickname, and even wrote  “I think the American people want a solemn ass as a President.” In 1923, president Harding died. Coolidge was made president, and nobody wanted him to be president. Hell the Republicans, his own party, said he was a place holder. As president he brought to America one of our most prosperous ages: the Roaring 20s. Coolidge won the 1924 election easily: cutting taxes, and bringing prosperity to America for his six years as president. Coolidge died at the age of 60 in Northampton.

6. Ulysses S. Grant 

Ulysses Grant became president after the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He was the leader of the Union army against the South. After the war, Grant led the army’s supervision of Reconstruction in the former Confederate states.He stabilized the nation during that turbulent period, prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan, using the military and the newly created Department of Justice, bolstering the Republican Party in the South.  Republicans gained majorities in all 11 southern states, and African Americans were elected to Congress and high state offices. When Blacks in the South came under violent attack from whites Grant tried to protect them by signing three civil rights acts into law. He also lead the Civil War reconstruction. He died in Wilton, New York at the age of 63.

5. Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter was the 39th president, and a Peanut Farmer. He was Georgia’s governor, and was very ambitious. He wanted to be president, so he worked hard to put himself in the national spotlight. He tried to put himself on a ticket as vice president, but failed at doing so. He beat incumbent President Ford in 1976. He supported universal health care, compared the energy crisis to a “moral war,” and attempted to deregulate business. He never won re-election, but he worked hard to keep a good public image: he actually did a lot to promote alternative energies. To this day he is still alive, and is the first president to live past the 40th anniversary of their inauguration.

4. Dwight D. Eisenhower

In my opinion, he was the last good republican president. Eisenhower had 0 political experience, but the people loved him. He was the supreme allied commander, leading the allied forces to victory in World War II. In his first term, he had trouble since he didn’t know what he was doing. In fact he did so little he considered not even running for re-election, but he persisted. He had the interstate highway system created, attempted to stall the creation of nuclear weapons, restored Iran’s government back to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (at the request of Britain), and he did a lot to desegregate the military and government. He died in Washington D.C. at the age of 78.

3. James Madison 

James Madison Jr. was one of the founders of the first progressive party, a party that laid the foundation for the modern democratic party, the Democratic Republicans. He was Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of state and the Father of the US Constitution. He became our fourth president, starting by targeting America’s first national bank (which was founded by federalists; whom were cheating farmers, small businessmen, and THE ENTIRE SOUTH). The bank was removed, and Madison signed in a second national bank was founded in 1816 after he vetoed the first attempt. He carried our country through the War of 1812, also called the Second War For Independence. The War brought out the true feelings of the corrupt federalist party, and they disbanded creating a one party system. He left a legacy, a historian writing  “Madison’s claim on our admiration does not rest on a perfect consistency, any more than it rests on his presidency. He has other virtues. … As a framer and defender of the Constitution he had no peer. … The finest part of Madison’s performance as president was his concern for the preserving of the Constitution. … No man could do everything for the country—not even Washington. Madison did more than most, and did some things better than any. That was quite enough.” Madison died in Orange, Virginia at the age of 85.

2. John F. Kennedy

John “Jack” Kennedy came from a very political family: his father wanted his eldest son, Joseph, to be president until Joey died in World War II; after briefly mourning he told Jack that he must be president now. Jack became a Massachusetts state senator. He ran for president and won, barley (to this day it is still debated if he truly won the popular vote). As the president: he stopped America and Cuba from starting a nuclear war, he challenged the communists, marked a growth in the economy, abolished the mandatory death penalty for first degree murder, and wrote civil rights policies that he unfortunately never lived to see pass. Kennedy also lead America for the space race, claiming in 1960 that an American will be on the moon within a decade. During a campaign stop in Texas he was assassinated, a controversial subject due to all the conspiracy theories. He was 46 years old.

Honorable Mentions:

Abraham Lincoln

Teddy Roosevelt

Barack Obama

Harry S. Truman

George Washington

1. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is the only president to date who had autism, and as a politician did so much for the founding of this country. We won’t go all the way back, just to 1776. At the age of 33 he wrote The Declaration of Independence. Before that, he was a Virginia State Colonel during the revolution; leading the Albemarle County militia. With that, he became Virginia’s governor, it was during his governorship that he realized he HATES politics. But he continued to be a politician because he had a plan: abolish slavery, fight for the small businessmen and farmers underrepresented and alienated by the federalists, and fight for the people’s natural rights. He lost his first election for president, but won in 1800. This began one of my favorite historical eras: The Jeffersonian Era. In his first term  he first confronted an $83 million national debt. He approached this by trying to dismantle the banking system that was cheating the Southerners, small businessmen, and farmers. He got rid of the whiskey tax, since it was screwing over the farmers.  Jefferson then shrank the Navy, deeming it unnecessary in peacetime.  After two terms, he had lowered the national debt from $83 million to $57 million, the equivalent  ($260,000,000 in the year 1800 is equivalent to $4,787,581,804.65 in 2016). Jefferson pardoned several of those imprisoned under the racist Alien and Sedition Acts. He signed the Military Peace Establishment Act, which founded West Point Academy in 1802. In 1802 Jefferson, James Monroe, and Robert Livingston negotiated with Napoleon and bought the Louisiana territory (which doubled the size of the country), which then started the Lewis & Clarke expedition. In 1804, Thomas won re-election easily. In his second term he tried to convince congress to convict former vice president Aaron Burr for conspiracy. It failed, and Jefferson denounced the acquittal. In 1807, Jefferson did something he always wanted to do: contribute to abolitionism. See, he wanted to abolish slavery; he almost got it banned in the Ohio territory (but lost due to the absence of the New Jersey delegation). Well in 1807, Thomas Jefferson abolished the slave trade to America “in hopes it would hasten an end to the atrocity on human nature.” In 1806 and 1807 the British began to kidnap American sailors, forcing them to work in the British Navy. Jefferson reacted to this with his largest controversy: The Embargo Act.  He issued a proclamation banning armed British ships from U.S. waters. He presumed unilateral authority to call on the states to prepare 100,000 militia and ordered the purchase of arms, ammunition, and supplies, writing, “The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation [than strict observance of written laws]”.  Jefferson asked for and received the Embargo Act, an alternative that allowed the U.S. more time to build up defensive works, militias, and naval forces. Later historians have seen irony in Jefferson’s assertion of such federal power. Meacham claims that the Embargo Act was a projection of power which surpassed the Alien and Sedition Acts, and R.B. Bernstein writes that Jefferson “was pursuing policies resembling those he had cited in 1776 as grounds for independence and revolution."  Secretary of State James Madison supported the embargo with equal vigor to Jefferson, while Treasury Secretary Gallatin opposed it, due to its indefinite time frame and the risk that it posed to the policy of American neutrality. The U.S. economy suffered, criticism grew, and opponents began evading the embargo. Instead of retreating, Jefferson sent federal agents to secretly track down smugglers and violators. Three acts were passed in Congress during 1807 and 1808, called the Supplementary, the Additional, and the Enforcement acts. The government could not prevent American vessels from trading with the European belligerents once they had left American ports, although the embargo triggered a devastating decline in exports.  Most historians consider Jefferson’s embargo to have been ineffective and harmful to American interests. Appleby describes the strategy as Jefferson’s "least effective policy”, and Joseph Ellis calls it “an unadulterated calamity.” Others, however, portray it as an innovative, nonviolent measure which aided France in its war with Britain while preserving American neutrality. Jefferson believed that the failure of the embargo was due to selfish traders and merchants showing a lack of "republican virtue.” He maintained that, had the embargo been widely observed, it would have avoided war in 1812. In December 1807, Jefferson announced his intention not to seek a third term. In his later years, he founded the University of Virginia, and had the cutest moment with one of his closest friends (Lafayette). He also reconciled with his political nemesis and former best friend, John Adams. He also wrote an autobiography, Jefferson Himself: The Personal Narrative of a Many-Sided American. When Jefferson sadly died in 1826, he was thousands and thousands of dollars in debt. Because of this, his property was seized and sold by the bank, unfortunately because of this he couldn’t free his slaves like he wanted to because of this. Like I said earlier, he unfortunately died at the age of 83 on July 4th, 1826; on the same day as John Adams, on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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I feel like this was a huge waste of time. But there was a video of the US Presidents where the images change by morphing and so I just paused at the right moment and got these. 

Click on the picture to see who is morphed with who.