Jenna and a classmate are going to give an assigned PowerPoint this week. I haven't seen any of it as it was a project they worked on it at school. The first PowerPoint that I remember Jenna doing for her current school was a presentation on one of our former presidents.
Before she had been assigned this task, I had told her that if ever she was to do a report on an American President, to pick either William Henry Harrison or Gerald Ford as William Henry Harrison was Pres. for only one month and Gerald Ford is the only President that hadn't been voted to be president (or vice-president) by the public. I just like interesting facts that set apart from others. But I suppose they all have something interesting about them.
She did get an opportunity to do a power-point on a president, but not totally of her choosing. Presidents' names were written on a paper and placed in a hat or box. Students could draw two and make a choice between the two names drawn.
She came home one day and asked what I knew about Martin Van Buren. Not much. I know that he was president during the time when the members of the church were being harassed in Missouri and Joseph Smith went to the white house to talk to the president and was not impressed with Martin Van Buren and decided that he, himself, would run for president.
Jenna thought that was a cool story and wanted to use it, but the story has more to do with the Prophet Joseph Smith rather than the Van Buren - except to say that Van Buren was arrogant and did not want to interfere with Boggs order of extermination as elections were coming up and he did not wish to lose the vote in Missouri. (Stevenson, 2013)
Though there are some names that stand out for us more than others, there is tons of information about each of our past presidents if we but look.
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president while James Monroe was the shortest. (Fun Facts, 2003)
Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest President to take office (at age 42) while Ronald Reagan was the oldest (age 69) Taft was the largest president and had to have a custom made tub.
Franklin D. Roosevelt served more terms than any other president. Grover Cleveland was President twice (#22 and #24)
James Buchanan was the only president to be single throughout his term. According to the History Channel, Cleveland is the only president to have his wedding ceremony in the White House (Siese, 2015)
though John Tyler was the first to marry while in office
For more fun facts and scandal, you can visit the following (or click on cite dates in post)
AMERICAN HISTORY: Presidential Trivia, Fun Facts and Firsts. (2003). Retrieved from Legends of America: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ah-presidenttrivia.html
Siese, A. (2015, June 3). These 2 Single U.S. Presidents In History Prove There's Precedent For Candidate Lindsey Graham's Bachelor Status. Retrieved from Bustle: https://www.bustle.com/articles/87904-these-2-single-us-presidents-in-history-prove-theres-precedent-for-candidate-lindsey-grahams-bachelor-status
Stevenson, F. (2013, May 20). Top scandals and controversies of each United States president. Retrieved from Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/top/1512/8/Top-scandals-and-controversies-of-each-United-States-president.html