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1. George Washington
One of two Presidents, along with James Madison, who signed the U.S. Constitution.
Only President to have a state named after him, Washington also has the most counties [31] named after him.

92 W318B Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father:
rediscovering George Washington [ALL]

973.41 Burns, James MacGregor. George Washington. [ALL]

92 W318C Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life. [ALL] Biography /
92 W318F Ferling, John E. The Ascent of George
Washington: the hidden political genius of an American icon. [C]

92 W318F Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington [4 VOL] [C] (Vol. 4, “Anguish and Farewell, 1793-1799”
Washington, the indispensable man. [One volume
abridgement of the 4 vol. edition] [ALL]

92 W318F Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington, a
biography [7 VOL.] [C/BV]

2. John Adams [1797–1801]
The only Presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the Declaration’s 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826. Adams' dying words were "Thomas Jefferson survives". Jefferson, however, had passed on a few hours earlier.
The Adams' were the first residents of the White House. They moved in in November 1800 while the paint was still wet. Mrs. Adams would hang her laundry in the East Room to dry.
Along with Washington, Adams is the only other President to serve as President in Philadelphia.

92 A214D Diggins, John P. John Adams. [ALL]

973.44 Ellis, Joseph J. First Family: Abigail and John. [ALL]
92 A214G Grant, James. John Adams: party of one. [C/BV]

92 A214M McCullough, David G. John Adams. [ALL]

92 A214S Smith, Page. John Adams. [2 VOL.] [C/BV]

3. Thomas Jefferson [1801-1809]
Approximately 6,000 books from Jefferson's private library were purchased for $23,950 to help start the Library of Congress.
Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he served as
President of the United States.
Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in
Washington, D.C.
He was the first President to have been a governor of a State.

92 J45A Appleby, Joyce. Thomas Jefferson. [ALL]

973.46 Burstein, Andrew. Madison and Jefferson. [C]

973.46 Ellis, Joseph J. American Sphinx: the character of Thomas Jefferson. [C/BV]

973.46 Hayes, Kevin J. The Road to Monticello: The life and mind of Thomas Jefferson. [C]

973.46 Kranish, Michael. Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at war. [C]

92 J45M Malone, Dumas. Jefferson and his time. [6 Vol.] [C/BV] 1975 Pulitzer Prize for History

4. James Madison [1809-1817]
· At 5 feet, 4 inches and around 100 pounds, he was the shortest and lightest President.
· Madison was the first President to wear long trousers. All previous Presidents wore knee breeches.
· He was the last surviving signer of the Constitution of the United States.
· He was the first President to lead the nation in war [War of 1812].

92 M1825B Brookhiser, Richard. James Madison. [C]
973.51 Ketcham, Ralph Louis. James Madison; a biography. [C/BV]

973.51 McCoy, Drew R. The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican legacy. [C/BV]

973.51 Wills, Garry. James Madison. [ALL]

5. James Monroe [1817-1825]
In the election of 1820 Monroe received every electoral vote except one. A New Hampshire delegate wanted Washington to be the only President elected unanimously.
Monroe's inauguration in 1817 was the first to be held outdoors.
He was the third President to die on the 4th of July [1831].
He was the first President to have been a U.S. senator.

92 M7535A Ammon, Harry. James Monroe: The Quest for National
Identity. [C/BV]

92 M7532H Hart, Gary. James Monroe. [ALL]

6. John Quincy Adams [1825-1829]
President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first American professional journalist, knew of Adams' 5 A.M. swims. After being refused interviews with the President time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a President.
Adams was the first President to be photographed.
Adams argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of slaves from the ship Amistad who mutinied during their journey from Africa.
Adams is the only President to be elected to the House of Representatives after his presidency.

973.55 Hecht, Marie B. John Quincy Adams; a history of an
independent man. [C/BV]

92 A2141N Nagel, Paul C. John Quincy Adams : a public life, a private life. [C]

973.55 Remini, Robert Vincent. John Quincy Adams. [ALL]

7. Andrew Jackson [1829-1837]
Jackson was the only President to have been a prisoner of war. He was thirteen when he joined the South Carolina militia to fight in the Revolutionary War. After his capture, he was ordered to clean the boots of a British officer. Jackson refused. The officer then drew his sword and slashed Jackson across the forehead, leaving a scar.
Jackson was the first President born in a log cabin.
Jackson was the first President to ride on a railroad train.

92 J13B Brands, H. W. Andrew Jackson, his life and times. [ALL]

92 J12J James, Marquis. Andrew Jackson, portrait of a president. [C] 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

973.56 Meacham, Jon. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. [ALL] 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

92 J12R Remini, Robert Vincent. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire. [3 VOL] [C]
[VOL. 3 Andrew Jackson and the course of American democracy, 1833-1845 — 1984 National Book Award for Nonfiction

92 J13W Wilentz, Sean. Andrew Jackson. [BV/NW]

8. Martin Van Buren [1837-1841]
The term "O.K." was popularized because of Van Buren. Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York, sometimes referred to as Old Kinderhook in speeches and print. O.K. Clubs soon formed to support Van Buren's campaign. "O.K." later came to mean all right.
Van Buren made three unsuccessful bids for reelection.
Van Buren was the first President born in the United States. All previous Presidents were born before the United States became country, although all were born in places that would later be a part of the United States.

92 V221N Niven, John. Martin Van Buren : the romantic age of
American politics. [C/BV]

92 V221W Widmer, Edward L. Martin Van Buren. [ALL]

9. William Henry Harrison [1841]
Harrison was the only President who studied to become a doctor.
Served the shortest term of office at 32 days.
Harrison’s father was a signer of the Declaration of Indepenence.
Harrison and his Vice President Tyler are the only President and Vice President born in the same county.

92 H3232C Cleaves, Freeman. Old Tippecanoe. [C/BV]

92 H3232C Collins, Gail. William Henry Harrison. [C]

10. John Tyler [1841-1845]
Tyler was the first President whose wife died while he was in office.
He had the most children of any President — 15.
Tyler was the only President to hold office in the Confederacy.
He was the first Vice President to become President due to the death of his predecessor.

92 T9824C Chitwood, Oliver Perry. John Tyler: champion of the old south. [C/BV]

92 T9824M May, Gary. John Tyler. [ALL]

92 T9824S Seager, Robert. And Tyler too. [C]

11. James K. Polk [1845-1849]
Gaslights were installed in the White House while Polk was a resident.
Considered to be the first “dark horse” candidate to become President.
Lived the shorted time period, 103 days, after leaving the Presidency.
The first annual White House Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by Sarah Polk.

92 P769B Borneman, Walter R. Polk: the man who transformed the presidency and America.   [ALL]

92 P769M McCormac, Eugene Irving. James K. Polk: A Political
Biography. [2 Vol.] [C/BV]

973.61 Merry, Robert W. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent. [C/BV]
92 P769S Seignenthaler, John. James K. Polk. [ALL]

12. Zachary Taylor [1849-1850]
As a soldier always moving from location to location, Taylor never established an official place of residence and never registered to vote, He didn’t even vote in his own election. It wasn’t until he was 62 that he cast his first ballot.
November 7, 1848 was the first time a Presidential election was held on the same day in every state.
Taylor and James Madison were second cousins.
Visitors to the White House would take souvenir horse hairs from Whitey, Taylor's old Army horse that he kept on the White House lawn.

92 T247B Bauer, K. Jack. Zachary Taylor: soldier, planter, statesman of the old Southwest. [ALL]

92 T247E    Eisenhower, John S. D. Zachary Taylor.  [ALL]

92 T247H Hamilton, Holman. Zachary Taylor. [2 Vol.] [C/BV]

13. Millard Fillmore [1850–1853]
The White House’s first library, bathtub and kitchen stove were installed by the Fillmores.
Fillmore refused an honorary degree from Oxford University because he felt he had “neither literary nor scientific attainment.”
After his term, he became the chancellor of the University of Buffalo.

92 F4872R Rayback, Robert J. Millard Fillmore : Biography of a
President. [C/BV]

92 F487F Finkelman, Paul. Millard Fillmore. [C]

14. Franklin Pierce [1853-1857]
Pierce was the only elected President who sought but did not win his party’s nomination for a second term.
Because of religious considerations, Pierce affirmed rather than swore the Presidential oath of office.
Franklin Pierce was the first President to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
He installed the first central-heating system and the first bathroom with hot and cold water in the White House.

92 P615H Holt, Michael F. Franklin Pierce. [C, BV]

92 P615N Nichols, Roy F. Franklin Pierce, Young Hickory of the Granite Hills.

15. James Buchanan [1857-1861]
The only President never to marry.
Buchanan was the first President to send a transatlantic telegram. It was sent to England's Queen Victoria.
He sent a note to newly elected Abe Lincoln saying, "My dear sir, If you are as happy on entering the White House as I on leaving, you are a happy man
He is said to have the neatest handwriting of all the Presidents.

973.6 Baker, Jean H. James Buchanan. [ALL]

92 B9184K Klein, Philip Shriver. President James Buchanan, a
biography. [C/BV]

16. Abraham Lincoln [1861-1865]
At 6 foot, 4 inches, Lincoln was the tallest President.
Lincoln was the only President to receive a patent, for a device for lifting boats over shoals.
He was the first President to wear a beard.
He was the first President to be photographed at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture.
Abraham Lincoln was the first President to be born
outside of the original thirteen colonies.

92 L736D Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. [ALL] 1996 Lincoln Prize

92 L736F Foner, Eric. The Fiery Trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery. [ALL] 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History / 2011 Lincoln Prize

973.7 Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals. [ALL]
2006 Lincoln Prize / 2005 American History Book Prize

973.7 Keneally, Thomas. Abraham Lincoln. [C/BV]

92 L736M McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln. [C/BV]
973.7092 Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief. [ALL] 2009 Lincoln Prize

92 L736-O Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None: the life of Abraham Lincoln. [C/BV]

92 L736SA Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln; the prairie years and the war years. [C/BV]
Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years [2 Vol.] [C/BV]
Abraham Lincoln, The War Years [4 Vol.] [C/BV]
1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

92 L736W White, Ronald C. A. Lincoln: A Biography [ALL]

17. Andrew Johnson [1865-1869]
At age 18, he married at the earliest age of any President.
Andrew Johnson was a self-educated tailor. He is the only President who made his own clothes as well as his cabinet's.
He was the only President elected to U.S. Senate after his Presidential term.
Johnson was the first President to be impeached. He was acquitted by a margin of one vote.

92 J662G Gordon-Reed, Annette. Andrew Johnson. [C]

973.81 Means, Howard B. The Avenger Takes His Place : Andrew Johnson and the 45 days that changed the nation. [C/BV]

973.81 Stewart, David O. Impeached: the trial of President Andrew Johnson and the fight for Lincoln's legacy. [C]

92 J662T Trefousse, Hans Louis. Andrew Johnson: a Biography. [C/BV]

18. Ulysses S. Grant [1869-1877]
At the beginning of the Civil War, Grant was working in his father's leather store in Galena, Illinois. The rise from clerk to General of the Armies, to President of the United States in seven years, was an unprecedented feat of accomplishment.
During his lifetime General Grant suffered intense migraine headaches which were sometimes reported as bouts of drunkenness.
His real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. He changed it because he didn't want to enter West Point with the initials H.U.G.
He finished his memoirs only a few weeks before his death from cancer. The book brought in $500,000 for his family after his death.

92 G763B Bunting, Josiah. Ulysses S. Grant. [ALL]

92 G763 Grant, Ulysses S. Memoirs and Selected Letters. [C/BV]

92 G763M McFeely, William S. Grant. [C]
1982 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

92 G763S Simpson, Brooks D. Ulysses S. Grant: triumph over adversity, 1822-1865. [ALL]

92 G763S Smith, Jean Edward. Grant. [C/BV]
19. Rutherford B. Hayes [1877-1881]
Arriving in San Francisco on September 8, 1880, Hayes became the first President to visit the West Coast while in office.
Hayes was the first President to graduate from law school.
The first White House telephone was installed, by Alexander Graham Bell himself, during the Hayes administration.
The first Easter egg roll on the White House lawn was conducted by Hayes and his wife.
He won the presidency by only one electoral vote.
Of the five Presidents who served in the Civil War, Hayes was the only one to be wounded.
92 H4186B Barnard, Harry. Rutherford B. Hayes and His America.

92 H4184T Trefousse, Hans Louis. Rutherford B. Hayes. [ALL]

92 H4184W Williams, Charles Richard. The Life of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States. [2 VOL.] [C]

20. James Garfield [1881]
Garfield was the first left-handed President.
James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
His mother was the first President’s mother to attend her son’s inauguration
On election day, November 2, 1880, Garfield was at the same time a member of the House, Senator-elect and President-elect.

973.84 Leech, Margaret. The Garfield Orbit. [BV]

973.84 Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president. [C/BV]

92 G231R Rutkow, Ira M. James A. Garfield. [ALL]

21. Chester Arthur [1881-1885]
Arthur was the first President to take the Oath of Office in his own home.
Arthur is the President born the farthest north in Fairfield, Vermont.

92 A7883K Karabell, Zachary. Chester Alan Arthur. [ALL]

92 A7883R Reeves, Thomas C. Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur. [C/BV]

22 and 24. Grover Cleveland [1885-1889 and 1893-1897]
Cleveland is the only President to serve two nonconsecutive terms.
Cleveland discovered a cancerous growth on the roof of his mouth in the middle of the economic crisis of 1893. So that his illness would not cause a greater panic, he and several doctors snuck aboard a pleasure boat and removed the growth. The public thought he was on a fishing trip and never knew the truth until 1917.
He was the only President married in the White House. Also the only President to marry for the first time while serving as President.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.
The first President’s child born in the White House was Cleveland’s daughter Esther.

973.87 Algeo, Matthew. The President is a Sick Man. [C/BV]

92 C635B Brodsky, Alyn. Grover Cleveland: a study in character.
1st ed. [C]

973.85 Graff, Henry F. Grover Cleveland. [ALL]

92 C635J Jeffers, H. Paul. An Honest President: the life and
presidencies of Grover Cleveland. [C/NW]

23. Benjamin Harrison [1889-1893]
Was the last President to wear a beard.
More states (six), were admitted into the United States during his administration than in any other.
Twice ran for election vs. Grover Cleveland. Each man was elected President over the other. The only time the same two candidates have split election results.
Harrison is the grandson of President William Henry Harrison and his great-grandfather Benjamin Harrison, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

92 H318C Calhoun, Charles W. Benjamin Harrison. [ALL]

92 H3183S Sievers, Harry J. Benjamin Harrison. [3 VOL.] [C/BV]

25. William McKinley [1897-1901]
Along with Lincoln, the only Presidents assassinated in their second term of office.
McKinley was the first President to campaign by telephone.
McKinley's commanding officer in the Civil War was future President,
Rutherford B. Hayes.

92 M158L Leech, Margaret. In the Days of McKinley. [C/BV]
1960 Pulitzer Prize for History

973.88 Miller, Scott. The President and the Assassin: McKinley,
terror, and empire at the dawn of the American century. [C/BV]

92 M158P Phillips, Kevin. William McKinley. [ALL]

26. Theodore Roosevelt [1901-1909]
One of four Presidents, along with Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln who are carved onto Mt. Rushmore.
Was the youngest President ever to take office, 42 years of age.
Only President with a National Park named in his honor.
First President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, 1906.

973.911 Auchincloss, Louis. Theodore Roosevelt. [ALL]

92 R781B Brands, H. W. T.R.: the last romantic. [C, BV]

333.72 Brinkley, Douglas. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the crusade for America. [All] 2009 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography

92 R781D Donald, Aïda DiPace. Lion in the White House: a life of
Theodore Roosevelt. [ALL]

92 R781M McCullough, David G. Mornings on Horseback. [ALL]
1982 National Book Award for Biography/Autobiography / 1981 LA Times Book Prize for Biography

92 R781M Miller, Nathan. Theodore Roosevelt. [C/BV]

92 R781M Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. [ALL] 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Biography / 1980 National Book Award for Biography
973.911 Theodore Rex. [C/BV]
2001 LA Times Book Prize for Biography
92 R781M Colonel Roosevelt. [C/BV]

27. William Howard Taft [1909-1913]
Taft was the last President to wear a moustache.
Served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after his term as President and is the only President ever to serve on the Supreme Court.
Taft was the heaviest President at 300-350 lbs.
As Chief Justice he administered the Presidential Inaugural Oath to two Presidents, Coolidge and Hoover.
One of two Presidents, along with John F. Kennedy, to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

92 T124 Pringle, Henry. The Life and Times of William Howard Taft. [2 VOL.] [C/BV]

28. Woodrow Wilson [1913-1921]
Second President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, 1919.
Only President to earn a Doctorate degree [political science from John Hopkins University in 1886].
Is the only President to be buried in Washington, D.C.
Defeated two other Presidents [Taft and Roosevelt] to win the 1912 election.

973.913 Auchincloss, Louis. Woodrow Wilson. [ALL]

92 W754B Baker, Ray Stannard. Woodrow
Wilson; life and letters [8 VOL.] [C]
1940 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

92 W754B Brands, H. W. Woodrow Wilson. [ALL]

92 W754C Cooper, John Milton. Woodrow Wilson : a biography. [ALL]

92 W754F Freud, Sigmund. Thomas Woodrow Wilson: twenty-eighth President of the United States; a psychological study. [C/BV]

92 W754 Rogers, James T. Woodrow Wilson: visionary for peace. [C]

29. Warren G. Harding [1921-1923]
Harding was the first President to ride to his inauguration in an automobile.
He was the first President to own a radio and the first to speak over the radio airwaves.
Harding was the first President to visit Canada and Alaska.
He was the first newspaper publisher to be elected President.
Harding wore size fourteen shoes. He had the largest feet of the Presidents.

92 H263D Dean, John W. Warren G. Harding. [ALL]

973.914 Murray, Robert K. The Harding Era; Warren G. Harding and his administration. [C]

92 H263R Russell, Francis. The Shadow of Blooming Grove; Warren G. Harding in his times. [BV]

30. Calvin Coolidge [1923-1929]
Only President to be born on 4th of July [1872].
Only President to be sworn into office by his father who was a justice of the peace.
Calvin Coolidge, a man of few words, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get the President to say more than two words. She told the President of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
First President, in 1925, to have his inaugural address broadcast by radio.

92 C774G Greenberg, David. Calvin Coolidge. [ALL]

92 C774M McCoy, Donald R. Calvin Coolidge; the quiet President.

92 C774W White, William Allen. A Puritan in Babylon, the story of
Calvin Coolidge. [C]

31. Herbert Hoover [1929-1933]
Was the first President born west of the Mississippi River.
Was the first President to have a telephone on his desk.
Received over 80 honorary degrees at home and abroad.
First Engineer President.

92 H7889B Burner, David. Herbert Hoover, a public life. [C/BV]

92 H7889 Hoover, Herbert. Memoirs. [3 VOL.] [BV]

92 H7889L Leuchtenburg, William. Herbert Hoover. [C/BV]

92 H7889N Nash, George H. The Life of Herbert Hoover. [3 VOL.]

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt [1933-1945]
Elected four times, FDR is the only President to serve more than 2 terms in office.
Served the longest term of office, 12 years, 39 days as President.
Was the first President whose mother could have voted for him.
Appointed the first woman Cabinet member, Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor.
FDR was the first President to appear on Television in 1939.

973.917 Black, Conrad. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: champion of
freedom. [ALL]

92 R780B Brands, H.W. Traitor to His Class: the privileged life and radical presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[ALL]

92 R780B Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: the lion and the fox. [C/BV]
Roosevelt: the soldier of freedom. [ALL]
1971 Pulitzer Prize for History / 1971 National Book Award for History & Biography

92 R780DA Davis, Kenneth Sydney. FDR: a history . [4 Vol.] [C]

973.917 Goodwin, Doris Kearns. No Ordinary Time: Franklin and
Eleanor Roosevelt: the home front in World War II. [C/BV]
1995 Pulitzer Prize for History

973.917 Jenkins, Roy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. [ALL]

92 R776L Lash, Joseph P. Eleanor and Franklin; the story of their
relationship, based on Eleanor Roosevelt's private Papers. [C/BV]
1972 Pulitzer Prize for Biography / 1972 National Book Award Biography
92 R780M Morgan, Ted. FDR : a biography. [C/BV]

92 R780 Smith, Jean Edward. FDR. [C/BV]

33. Harry S Truman [1945-1953]
The “S” does not stand for any name but was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.
The last President not to have attended college.
Truman popularized the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen."
First President to travel underwater on a submarine.

92 T867A Algeo, Matthew. Harry Truman's excellent adventure. [C]

92 T867D Dalleck, Robert. Harry S. Truman. [ALL]

92 T867 McCullough, David G. Truman. [ALL]
1993 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

92 T867M Miller, Merle. Plain Speaking; an oral biography of
Harry S. Truman. [ALL]

973.918 Truman, Margaret. Harry S. Truman. [NW]

34. Dwight Eisenhower [1953-1961]
First President of all 50 states.
He was the only President to serve in both World Wars.
First to serve a constitutionally limited term of office.
He was the first President to appear on color television.
Eisenhower was the first President licensed to pilot a plane.

92 E36 Ambrose, Stephen E. Eisenhower. [2 VOL.] [C]

973.921 D'Este, Carlo. Eisenhower: a soldier's life. [ALL]

92 E36K Korda, Michael. Ike: an American hero. [ALL]

973.921 Newton, Jim. Eisenhower: the White House years. [ALL]
92 E36S Smith, Jean Norton. Eisenhower in war and peace. [C]

92 E36W Wicker, Tom. Dwight D. Eisenhower. [All]

35. John F. Kennedy [1961-1963]
The youngest President to be elected to Office at 43 years of age..
Only President to win a Pulitzer Prize as an author for “Profiles in Courage,” 1957.
Is the most recent President to die while in office.
Only President to appoint a sibling to a Cabinet post.

92 K352B Brinkley, Alan. John F. Kennedy. [All]

973.922 Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy.
1917—1963. [ALL]

92 K352H Hersh, Seymour M. The Dark Side of Camelot. [C/BV]

92 K352M Matthews, Christopher. Jack Kennedy: elusive hero. [ALL]

973.922 Reeves, Richard. President Kennedy : profile of power. [ALL]

973.922 Schlesinger, Arthur M. A Thousand Days; John F. Kennedy in the White House. [C/NW] 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

36. Lyndon Johnson [1963-1969]
The first President since Andrew Johnson, to be a southerner by birth and residence.
First President to confer with the Pope in the United States.
First President to receive the oath of office from a woman.
Johnson was the first President to name an African American cabinet member.

92 J675C Caro, Robert A. The Years of
Lyndon Johnson. [4 vol.] [C/BV]
VOL. 2 “Means of Ascent” 1990 National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography
VOL .3 “Master of the Senate” 2003 Pulitzer for Biography / 2002 National Book Award / 2002 LA Times Book Prize for Biography

92 J6775 Dallek, Robert. Lone Star Rising : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1908-1960. [C/BV]
973.923 Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973. [C/BV]

973.923 Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Lyndon Johnson and the American dream. [BV]

92 J675M Miller, Merle. Lyndon, an Oral Biography. [C/BV]

92 J675P Peters, Charles. Lyndon B. Johnson. [ALL]

973.923 Updegrove, Mark K. Indomitable Will: LBJ in the presidency. [ALL]

92 J675W Woods, Randall Bennett. LBJ, Architect of American
Ambition. [C/BV]

37. Richard Nixon [1969-1974]
The only President to resign from office.
Nixon was the first President to visit China.
Nixon was the first President to visit all 50 states.
He was the 4th and last President not to attend the swearing in ceremony of his successor.

973.924 Aitken, Jonathan. Nixon, a Life. [C/BV]

92 N7358A Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon. [3 vol.] [ALL]

92 N7358B Black, Conrad. Richard M. Nixon: a life in full. [C]

973.924 Drew, Elizabeth. Richard M. Nixon. [C/BV]

92 N7358M Nixon, Richard M. The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. [C/BV]

973.22 Reeves, Richard. President Nixon: alone in the White House. [C/BV]
38. Gerald Ford [1974-1977]
Ford was the first President to be an Eagle Scout.
Ford was on the University of Michigan football team from 1931 to 1934. He was offered tryouts by both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
Gerald Ford was the first President not elected by the people to become President. He became Vice President when Nixon's elected Vice President, Spiro T. Agnew, resigned. Then became President when Nixon resigned.
Ford was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Ford was the longest lived President at 93 years, 165 days.

92 F6985B Brinkley, Douglas. Gerald R. Ford. [ALL]

973.925 Cannon, James M. Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's
appointment with history. [C/BV]

973.92 DeFrank, Thomas M. Write It When I’m Gone: remarkable off-the-record conversations with Gerald R. Ford. [ALL]

973.925 Ford, Gerald R. A Time to Heal: the autobiography of
Gerald R. Ford. [C/BV]

973.925 Werth, Barry. 31 days: the crisis that gave us the government we have today. [C/BV]

39. Jimmy Carter [1977-1981]
First President to graduate from the U. S. Naval Academy.
Carter was the first President to be born in a hospital.
Carter was the first President sworn in using his nickname.
Third President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2002. First to win after he served as President.
The Hornet's Nest, a historical novel about the American Revolution, is the first work of fiction written by a U.S. President.

973.926 Bourne, Peter G. Jimmy Carter:
a comprehensive biography from Plains to postpresidency. [C/NW]

973.926 Brinkley, Douglas. The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's journey beyond the White House. [C]
973.926 Carter, Jimmy. An Hour Before Daylight: memories of a rural boyhood. [C/BV]
92 C323K Keeping Faith: memoirs of a president. [ALL]
973.926 White House diary. [ALL]

92 C323Z Zelizer, Julian E. Jimmy Carter. [C/BV]

40. Ronald Reagan [1981-1989]
At 69 years old, Reagan was the oldest elected
Reagan was the first President to have been the head of a union. He served as President of the Screen Actors Guild.
He was the first President to have been divorced.
The only President to be wounded in an assassination attempt and live.

92 R287C Cannon, Lou. Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power. [ALL]
973.927 President Reagan: the role of a lifetime. [ALL]

92 R287E Eliot, Marc. Reagan, The Hollywood years. [ALL]

92 R287M Morris, Edmund. Dutch : a memoir of Ronald Reagan. [ALL]

92 R287R Reagan, Ron. My Father at 100. [ALL]

92 R287 Reagan, Ronald. An American life. [ALL]
973.927 The Reagan diaries. [ALL]

41. George H. W. Bush [1989-1993]
Bush was the first President to have been Ambassador to the United Nations.
The first President to have been the Director of the CIA.
Bush was the first incumbent Vice President to have been elected President since Martin Van Buren in 1836.
The only President with two middle names.

973.928 Bush, George. All the Best, George Bush: my life in letters and other writings. [C]

973.928 Heartbeat: George Bush in his own words. [C]

92 B9783K Koch, Doro Bush. My father, My President: a personal
account of the life of George H.W. Bush. [ALL]

92 B9783N Naftali, Timothy J. George H.W. Bush. [C/BV]

973.928 Wicker, Tom. George Herbert Walker Bush. [ALL]

42. Bill Clinton [1993-2001]
Clinton is the first President to have been a Rhodes Scholar.
He was the third, two term, President ever to be elected twice without ever receiving 50% of the popular vote. He had 43 percent in 1992 and 49 percent in 1996 [along with
Cleveland and Wilson].
Clinton was the first President to be born after World War II.
Clinton was the second President to be impeached and
acquitted of the charges.
The first version of the official U.S. government White House website went online on Oct. 21, 1994.

973.929 Branch, Taylor. The Clinton Tapes: wrestling history with the president. [C/NW]

973.929 Clinton, Bill. My Life. [ALL]

92 C6418F Felsenthal, Carol. Clinton in Exile : a president out of the White House. [C/NW]

92 C6418G Gartner, John D. In Search of Bill Clinton : a psychological biography. [ALL]

973.929 Hamilton, Nigel. Bill Clinton: an American Journey: great expectations. [C]
Mastering the Presidency [C]

92 C6418T Takiff, Michael. A Complicated Man: the life of Bill Clinton as told by those who know him. [ALL]

43. George W. Bush [2001- 2009]
Bush was one of two managing general partners of the Texas Rangers baseball club from 1989-1994.
The second President, along with John Quincy Adams, whose father was also President.

The first President to have a MBA degree.
Bush can trace the most kinships, 16, to former Presidents.
Bush is one of three Presidents to have both of his parents alive when he took office. [Grant and Kennedy are the other two]

92 B9785 Bush, George W. Decision points. [ALL]

92 B9785M Minutaglio, Bill. First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush family dynasty. [ALL]

973.931 Weisberg, Jacob. The Bush tragedy. [ALL]

973.931 Woodward, Bob [4 books about the Bush Administration]: Bush at War; Plan of Attack; State of Denial; and The War Within. [ALL]

44. Barack Obama [2009- ]
First African-American President.
Born in Hawaii, Obama is the first President not born in the continental United States.
One of eight left handed Presidents. [Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton]
Fourth President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, 2009.
One of three Presidents [Carter and Clinton] to have won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

973.932 Alter, Jonathan. The Promise: President Obama, year one. [C/BV]

929.2 Firstbrook, P. L. The Obamas: the untold story of an African family. [ALL]

92 O-121M Maraniss, David. Barack Obama: The Story
[C, BV]

92 O-121 Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father : a story of race and inheritance. [ALL]

92 O-121R Remnick, David. The Bridge: the life and rise of Barack Obama. [C, BV]

973.932 Woodward, Bob. Obama's Wars. [ALL]

Burbank Public Library
Presidential trivia and a selection of books by and about U.S. Presidents

Rev. Sept. 2012 / Burbank Public Library / James Buchanan
William McKinley
John Adams

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