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Obscure American history trivia

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by micropolitan guy, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    This is a new thread, so I'm not gonna hold it up. The answer: There were 11 states when GW took office. When New Hampshire ratified the Constitution, the union now had 9 states, which made the country officially "united." After that, Virginia and New York ratified the constitution, too, making it 11.

    Rhode Island and North Carolina didn't join the union officially until after GW's inauguration, the only two of the original 13 that weren't officially part of the U.S. when he took office.
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  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Pierce’s story is one of those “holy shit” stories about his son dying in a train accident after the election and before the inauguration.

    Pierce and his wife essentially spent his entire term grieving.
  3. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    A personal favorite: who is the only deceased American President not buried with a US flag?
  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    John Tyler would be my guess. Buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, which, BTW, is a pretty cool place to visit. Unless you consider Jeff Davis an American president (some do).
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019
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  5. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Correct. He defected to the Confederacy and was elected to its Congress before dying early in the war.
    Another Tyler fun fact: he is the only man to have served as president without getting a single vote in a general election.He replaced Harrison and then at the end of the term, neither wanted him as a candidate.
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  6. Spartan Squad

    Spartan Squad Well-Known Member

    Love the idea of this thread

    This might be too easy but it is an interesting (albeit sad) factoid. Which president's dog was assassinated and what was the dog's name?
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  7. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Checkers by Alger Hiss?
  8. Spartan Squad

    Spartan Squad Well-Known Member

    Ha ha! Checkers got such a raw deal
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  9. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    I cheated by looking it up. If this is the correct one, the dog appears to have never gone to the White House. Instead, it stayed in the President's hometown with another family during his term in office.
  10. Spartan Squad

    Spartan Squad Well-Known Member

    You are correct. The president was worried about the dog after people celebrating his electoral win spooked the dog so the president opted to not take him to the White House
  11. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

    Aside from generals, how many presidents without prior elective experience ever won a second term?
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    What was the Capital of the US for the shortest amount of time?
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