10 Ways Trump is Making Inaugural History
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As we gear up for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, we thought you might like to brush up on some facts about your next President!
1. He’ll be the oldest president ever at the time of his inauguration. At 70, he’s eight months older than Ronald Reagan was when he took the oath in 1981.
2. He’ll be the second-oldest president at any point in his term. Reagan served two full terms and left office at 77. When Trump begins his presidency, he’ll be exactly four months older than Dwight Eisenhower was when he ended his.
3. Trump will be the second president to have hosted his own TV show, once again following Reagan. Trump, of course, had “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”; Reagan hosted “General Electric Theater,” then hosted “Death Valley Days” before leaving the Western anthology to run for governor of California. The Internet Movie Database lists Reagan with 72 feature film or TV acting credits, and Trump with 20, including cameos in “The Jeffersons,” “Zoolander” and “Two Weeks Notice.”
4. Trump will be the most married president in U.S. history, and the second to have been divorced. Once again, he’s in Reagan’s company; Reagan’s nine-year marriage to Jane Wyman made him the first president with a living ex-wife. Trump’s three marriages put him ahead of not only Reagan, but John Tyler, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, all of whom remarried after the deaths of their first wives. (Millard Fillmore and Benjamin Harrison also remarried, but after leaving office.)
5. Melania Trump will become the second foreign-born First Lady. John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa was born in London to an American father and English mother. She married Adams in England, and never set foot in the U.S. until they had been married for four years.
6. Trump will be the 14th president to be inaugurated on January 20. Inauguration Day was March 4 until 1937, Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural. Every president since has had a January 20 inauguration except Gerald Ford, who wasn’t elected. Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson also succeeded to the presidency, but then were elected in their own right.
7. Trump will be the fifth president elected despite losing the popular vote, and the 19th elected with less than a majority of the popular vote (including Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton twice each). The 63 million votes he received are the fourth-highest ever, trailing both of Barack Obama’s victories and Hillary Clinton’s total in 2016, but his 46% of the vote is the seventh-lowest for a victorious candidate. His 304 electoral votes are the 22nd-most ever, but the fifth-fewest in 14 elections since the total number of electors was fixed at 538 in 1964.
8. Trump will be the first Penn graduate to become president, and the fifth straight Ivy Leaguer, following Bush (Yale), Clinton (Yale Law), Bush (Yale plus Harvard Business), and Obama (Columbia plus Harvard Law). The five before that were all non-Ivy Leaguers (Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan).
9. There will be six living presidents, for the fourth time in U.S. history. Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all attending the inauguration; only George H.W. Bush is absent, for health reasons. It's the largest ex-presidents' club since Ronald Reagan died in 2004. There were also six living presidents for 16 months in 1993 and 1994 (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton) and 10 months in 1861 and 1862 (Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Lincoln).
10. The inaugural parade will be the 16th to feature the Culver Academies’ Black Horse Troop. The unit took part in both Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural parades, and has been part of every parade since 1957 except for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993.