Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fascinating Fun Facts ... About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

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Fascinating Fun Facts ...About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

Duration: One year starting February 1, 2017

Challenge Rules:

Pick your level and complete your tasks. 
Each book may only be used for one task.
All genres/formats are fine. Re-reads are OK. No page minimum.
Show which option for each task you are reading for.
If the cover is asked for, PLEASE post it. 

Level 1: 10 Facts
Level 2: 20-25 Facts
Level 3: 26-30 Facts
Level 4: 36 Facts  - My Choice


1. Three presidents married while in office. 
John Tyler wed Julia Gardiner, his second wife, in New York City on June 26, 1844; 
bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886; 
Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride's Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.
Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.   BOTH
Hate F*@k: The Complete Story Ainsley Booth 2/3/17

2. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside the United States on official business. 
His destination was Panama and he arrived there on November 14, 1906.
Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.
Flirting with Disaster Ava Catori 2/3/17

3. Lucy Webb Hayes was the first first lady to earn a college degree; she received a degree in liberal arts from Cincinnati Wesleyan Female College in 1850.
Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio. BOTH
Collision Course Chuck Gleason 3/9/17

4. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile, a White Motor Company Model M seven-passenger steam-powered touring car.
Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins My One and Only Kristan Higgins 3/28/17

5. The Fourth of July is a date on which three presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both in 1826) and James Monroe (1831). It is also the birthday of a president: Calvin Coolidge in 1872.
Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Trouble with Love Lauren Layne 2/24/17

6. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate – he received a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. His dissertation was entitled "Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics."
Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date2015
What Love Can Do Virna DePaul 3/2/17

7. The Gilbert Stuart likeness of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the oldest remaining possession of the White House. During the War of 1812, Dolley Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington before approaching British troops torched the White House on August 24, 1814.
Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.
Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb Lexi George 2/1/17

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to fly overseas. 
In January 1943, he took a Boeing 314 flying boat from Miami with stops in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Belém, Brazil to Bathurst, British Gambia (now Banjul, The Gambia), where a TWA C-54 then took him to Morocco for the Casablanca Conference.
Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.
Over the Edge Meredith Wild 2/19/17

9. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.
Never Let You Go Chevy Stevens 3/26/17

10. William Howard Taft was the only man ever to serve as president and chief justice of the United States; he is also one of two presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery (John F. Kennedy is the other).
Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.
Stirred Nancy S. Thompson 2/13/17

11. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the three first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.
Saving Grace Norah Wilson 2/6/17

12. In 1812, Dolley Madison arranged the first nuptials held at the White House – the wedding of her widowed sister, Lucy Payne Washington, to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand 3/16/17

13. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from December 4 to December 13, 1918 aboard the U.S.S. George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference.
Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic (in a ship in 1921)  OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.
Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story Jean Grainger 2/12/17

14. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him. The bed's steel springs were not removed, as Dr. Bell had ordered, and the attempt failed.
Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.
Sweet Water Christina Baker Kline 2/4/17

15. The first first lady to fly in an airplane was Eleanor Roosevelt, on April 20, 1933. Following a White House dinner with famed aviator Amelia Earhart and other guests, Mrs. Roosevelt, Ms. Earhart and some of the guests went to Hoover Field (where the Pentagon stands today), boarded a Curtis Condor twin-motor Eastern Air Transport plane and took a flight over the area between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.
Fool Me Once Harlan Coben 4/5/17

16. On February 25, 1828, young John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House. The event marks the only time that a President's son has been married in the mansion.
Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 *** (check at the end of Message 2 for another option) or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
Under His Command Kristine Cayne 3/28/17

17. The first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley, who took a ride in November 1899 in a Stanley Steamer driven by Stanley Motor Carriage Co. co-founder Freelan O. Stanley. 
The first president to use an automobile on official government business and be photographed in a car was Theodore Roosevelt, on August 22, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut. 
The first president who knew how to drive was Warren G. Harding.
Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.
Nine Minutes Beth Flynn 2/21/17

18. No alcoholic beverage was served at any function during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration (1877-81) – a prohibition earning the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy."
Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.
Garden of Lamentations Deborah Crombie 2/27/17

19. After applauding war hero Andrew Jackson's first inaugural address at the Capitol on March 4, 1829, a crowd of thousands descended on the White House to enjoy the reception for the "People's President" – to the accompaniment of crashing china and glassware. President Jackson escaped the crush of the crowd of merrymakers and would-be handshakers by leaving through a window.
Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.
Visited a young lady and left through the window to save her reputation.
The Wicked City Beatriz Williams 2/10/17


20. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

21. Eight presidents have died in office: William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia); Zachary Taylor (1850, acute gastroenteritis); Abraham Lincoln (1865, assassination); James Garfield (1881, assassination); William McKinley (1901, assassination); Warren G. Harding (1923, apoplexy); Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage); John F. Kennedy (1963, assassination).
Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.
Eighth Grave After Dark Darynda Jones 2/22/17

22. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards. Cleveland broke the custom, although he did wear a mustache.
Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter 2/8/17

23. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration (1845-49) because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Sting Sandra Brown 2/10/17

24. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House – the telephone was installed in May 1879 and the typewriter arrived in February 1880.
Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
Never Never Colleen Hoover 2/5/17

25. In 1881, President James Garfield was the first to review the inaugural parade from a specially built platform in front of the White House. In 1897 William McKinley became the first president to review the parade from a glass-enclosed stand as protection from the weather.
Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.
The Story of Jax and Payton Anita Claire 2/23/17

26. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on October 20, 1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.
Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

27. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Dominance Never Dies Lexi Blake 2/16/17

28. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president – Martin Van Buren (1836) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.
The Billionaire Next Door Jessica Lemmon 3/31/17

29. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.
Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.
Frigid Affair Jennifer Foor 2/3/17

30. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was able to vote for him for president.
Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.
moving away from Florida 
A Gift of Time Beth Flynn 3/14/17


31. Calvin Coolidge was both the first president sworn into office by his father (notary public John Coolidge, August 3, 1923), and the first sworn into office by a former president (Chief Justice William H. Taft, March 4, 1925).
Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.
Accidentally on Purpose Jill Shalvis 2/2/17

32. Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have two daughters get married in the White House–Jessie to Francis B. Sayre, Sr. on November 25, 1913, and Eleanor to Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo on May 7, 1914.
Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.
Desire After Dark Marie Force 3/26/17

33. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).
Slip of the Knife Denise Mina 2/2/17

34. George W. Bush was the first president to complete a marathon, finishing the Houston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds on January 24, 1993.
Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.
Make Me Beth Kery 2/11/17

35. Three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.
Four Letter Word J. Daniels 3/30/17

36. Only two First Ladies have not been born in the USA. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, was the first. Slovenia-born Melania Trump, wife of the forty-fifth U.S. president Donald J. Trump, has become the second.
Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs 3/12/17

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