Whether you’re gearing up for your next game of political trivia, looking to learn a little more about our nation’s history, or just want to incorporate a few facts that you can drop in conversation, these fifty facts will help you out.
1. Thomas Jefferson’s book collection formed the basis for the Library of Congress.
2. Harry Truman was the first president to give a speech on television.
3. The Republican Party was established in 1854.
4. Jimmy Carter was the sixth cousin of Richard Nixon.
5. Abraham Lincoln was 6’4—the tallest president.
6. Ronald Reagan was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year twice.
7. During World War II, the Constitution was moved to Fort Knox for protection.
8. When two justices join the Supreme Court on the same day, seniority is determined by age.
9. Thanksgiving Day was created by George Washington and was intended as a day to give thanks for the Constitution.
10. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention.
11. Article III of the Constitution established the Supreme Court.
12. The first women’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York.
13. John Marshall and Salmon Chase are the only two Supreme Court justices to appear on currency.
14. JFK was the only president to appoint a brother to a cabinet position.
15. While boxing in the White House, Teddy Roosevelt became blind in one eye.
16. Until President Trump, Ronald Reagan was the only president to have been divorced.
17. Susanna Salter was the first female mayor.
18. The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.
19. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified which gave women the right to vote.