There’s nothing quite like Election Day in America, particularly during presidential election years. Here are some fun facts you can share while waiting in line at the polls on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s presidential election marks the 58th in U.S. history since 1789, the year George Washington was elected as our first president.
Election Day was designated as the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in 1845. It was done so that farmers, who needed a day’s travel to get to their polling place to cast their ballot, could do so without interfering with church on Sunday.
John F. Kennedy was the youngest president ever, at 43. Donald Trump would be the oldest to be elected to his first term, at 70. Mr. Trump would also be one of the tallest, standing at 6’3”. Abraham Lincoln is considered the tallest at 6’4”.
Hillary Clinton is the first woman to clinch the nomination for a major party. The first woman to run for president was Victoria Woodhull in 1972, almost 50 years before women were allowed to vote.
Grover Cleveland is the only president who ever won two non-consecutive terms. He served the first time between 1885-1889 and then again from 1893-1897. He is listed as the 22nd and 24th U.S. president. That’s why despite Barack Obama being listed as the 44th U.S. President, there have actually only been 43 presidents.
So, who is going to win on Tuesday? Ask Ohio. Since 1944, Ohio has voted for the winner in every election except for one. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio.