Part 5 – Facts and More Facts

The shortest Presidential address was George Washington’s with only 135 words in 1793. ****************************************************************************

President Grover Cleveland’s wife, Frances, was only 21 years old when she became the first lady of the U.S.  **********************************************************

President James Monroe’s wife, Elizabeth, had servants address her as ” Your Majesty.”  ************************************************************************

Lucy Hayes was the first first lady to graduate from college. ************************

U.S. Senators were not always elected by popular vote.  They were chosen by State Legislatures until 1913,  when the 17th. Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution. ********************************************************************

One 19th. Century senator,  James Shields, represented three different states at different times.  He represented Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri.  ****************

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia served as a senator for more than 50 years. ***********************************************************************************

Strom Thurmond served as a U.S. Senator for forty-eight years.  He retired in 2003 at the age of 100. *******************************************************************

Wayne Morse,  a U.S. Senator from Oregon, once gave an uninterrupted speech on the Senate floor for 22 hours and 26 minutes.  **********************************

Florida has more tornadoes per square mile than any other state in the U.S. *******

Florida gets one hundred times more UV light than the state of Maine. ************

Las Vegas is the least humid city in the U.S.  Forks, Washington, is the most humid. ************************************************************************************

Due to increased e-mail usage, 9 billion fewer pieces of mail were sent in 2008 than 2007.    ***********************************************************************

The largest stone sculpture in the entire world is located at Stone Mountain Georgia.  It is a carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. ************

About 1.7% of American students are home schooled.  ***************************

College scholarships have been awarded for the following reasons:  1) Being left handed; 2) Being very short; 3) Being good at duck calling; and 4)  Making your own prom outfit out of duct tape.  ****************************************************

Lake Baikal in Siberia contains 30 percent of all fresh water in the world. *********

Two-thirds of Lake Baikal’s one thousand-seven-hundred species are found nowhere else in the world.  ************************************************************

                                                 R. Van Conoley

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One Response to Part 5 – Facts and More Facts

  1. carldagostino says:

    Most people don’t know that in the beginning the election of the president really was determined by the state legislatures who sent their electors to the electoral college and there was no real popular vote. Just as the legislatures chose the senators.

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