More You Know: Some Voting Stats and Innocent U.S. President Facts

Most of us know the presidential election is coming up in the U.S. I’m sure most everyone will have their eyes glued to the TV screens to see who might be the winner on November third. I still have to get back to Richard Nixon’s Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA or as some people refer to him as “Tricky Dick.” While he was tall, he wasn’t the tallest president because that goes to Abraham Lincoln who was 6’4″ or 1.9304 meters. The shortest president was James Madison at 5’4″ tall or 1.6256 meters. Who was the biggest president in terms of weight? That was William Taft who was 340 pounds. Who was the lightest president? That was James Madison who was 100 pounds.

In terms of presidents who were assassinated, there were four with Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James Garfield in 1881, William McKinley in 1901, and John F. Kennedy in 1963. The longest living U.S. president still alive is Jimmy Carter at 96 years and the longest living president who recently died is George H.W. Bush. The youngest president who died from gunshot wounds was John F. Kennedy at 46 years of age. The youngest president who died from sickness was James Polk at 53 years of age in 1849. Some presidents did not find the need to have children and there were five including George Washington, James Polk, Warren G. Harding, James Buchanan, and Andrew Jackson. The president with the most children was John Tyler who had 15 children between two wives.

So what does this all mean? Nothing really. I just like putting together information such as this. In terms of U.S. voting stats, there were only three years where voting turnout percentage during presidential elections was above 80%. They were 1876, 1840, and 1860. The lowest voting turnout percentage were the years of 1920, 1924, and 1996 when it ranged from 48.9 to 49.2%. As you can see below, the U.S. isn’t that motivated to vote in recent years. We haven’t gotten to 60% turnout since 1968. Time will tell if we reach it this year. One can only hope.

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