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I couldn’t write this article without addressing the HUGE elephant in the room–ok, the world. Yesterday was election day and we’ve got a new soon-to-be-President of the United States. This was a really intense election–by far one of the craziest elections in American history. No matter how you feel about the outcome, it’s time to come together, hope for the best, and move forward. However, before we move on and look toward the upcoming holidays and America’s future, I’m going to share 10 historical election facts–(some) borrowed from factretriever.com
- The word “election” comes from the latin word eligere which means “to pick out, select”–also related to the word “lecture.”
- Donald Trump is the first president elect without a background in politics or to have served in the Armed Forces.
- George Washington is the only president who has ever won every electoral college vote and this is because there were not yet any parties and no one was running against him.
- Since 1845, election day has been the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. That’s because Congress wanted the election to occur after the fall harvest but before the winter conditions were too harsh for travel.
- Some nominees just don’t give up–Norman Thomas of the Socialist party ran for president 6 times but never won. That is more times than anyone in American history.
- Jehovah Witnesses don’t vote in presidential elections.
- Out of 172 countries, the United States is ranked 139th in voter participation.
- The only president to have lost both the electoral vote and the popular vote and still become president was John Quincy Adams.
- Before the 22nd Amendment set term limits, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president 4 terms.
- Over 200 women have run for president. These include those running in minor parties and even before women had the right to vote (in 1920).
Alas, someday we will have a female president–I am sure of this. It just probably won’t be Hillary Clinton.