The Top 5 First U.S. Presidents

  President Term Vice President
1 George Washington 1789-1797 John Adams
2 John Adams 1797-1801 Thomas Jefferson
3 Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 Aaron Burr, George Clinton
4 James Madison 1809-1817 George Clinton, Elbridge Gerry
5 James Monroe 1817-1825 Daniel D Tompkins
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 Facts
  1. George Washington received all the 69 electoral votes cast and became the only U.S. President to be elected unanimously. George Washington was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. He wore size 13 shoes. He was the only Founding Father to free his slaves (although it is common knowledge that George Washington called for the emancipation of his slaves in his last will and testament, he stipulated that it would only take place upon the death of his wife, Martha. However, in Martha's will she did not free the slaves.). His 2nd inaugural address was the shortest ever delivered at 133 words (President William Henry Harrison gave the longest address at one hour and forty-five minutes).
  2. John Adams defended British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trial because he believed British soldiers should get a fair trial. He was also the second longest living president dying at the age of 90 (Gerald Ford died at the age of 93).
  3. Of the Founding Fathers who became president, only George Washington did not go to college. John Adams graduated from Harvard, James Madison graduated from Princeton, and Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary.
  4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826. Both were old men-Adams was 90, and Jefferson was 83. Both died of illness although Adams had been in good health until just a few months earlier. Jefferson had been ill for an extended period and died financially broke. President James Monroe also died on July 4, 1831, five years after Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
  5. James Madison proposed that congressional pay would be determined by the average price of wheat during the previous six years of a congressional session. He was also the shortest U.S. president at 5 feet 4 inches.
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