Presidential Births

While in Ohio, I recalled that this state has the 2nd most Presidents born in it. It has produced 7 Presidents. Actually 8 if you consider William Henry Harrison an Ohioan. Why has Ohio been home to so many Presidents? It has to do with Ohio’s importance as a state with a large population in the past compared to others. Four presidents have lived in the Cincinnati area.

The only state that has produced more Presidents than Ohio is Virginia. It has produced 8 Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler, Woodrow Wilson, Zachary Taylor, and William Henry Harrison. However, William Henry Harrison, the 9th President and the last one to be born a British subject, emigrated to Ohio and spent most of his time there before becoming the first President to die in office and a man who was President for only about one month. He died on the 32nd day of his Presidency.

When I remembered that Ohio had produced so many Presidents, I asked Ruth which state had produced the most and she guessed Iowa. However, that Midwest state has produced only one, Herbert Hoover. Then I asked her for the #2 state, and she guessed Massachusetts. This New England state has been the birth state for 4 Presidents, John Adams, his son John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George H. W. Bush, which is fairly impressive; but 29 states, including my own Washington, have produced no presidents. And many states like Hawaii and New Jersey have been responsible for only one. Hawaii had not produced a President until Barak Obama came along, and New Jersey’s only presidential birth was Grover Cleveland’s. Only 22 states have actually birthed Presidents.

It’s assumed that Presidents dominate our currency with their likenesses, but that is only partially true. Alexander Hamilton is on the $10 bill, and the largest denomination ever produced for public use, the $10,000 bill, had the visage of Abraham Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, on it.

The longest serving President was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Presidents born in Ohio were U. S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, William McKinley, and Benjamin Harrison.

Hank

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