Interesting Facts About U.S. Presidents 5

How is it possible that one of our Presidents of the United States was not elected into office? In this article, you will not only learn who this man is, but also interesting facts about Lyndon Baines Johnson and some of the Heads of State that died while in office, including four who were assassinated.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (better known as ‘LBJ’) was an eco-friendly president ahead of his time. He used to go through the White House at night turning off lights that weren’t needed at the time. He did so not wanting to waste the taxpayers’ money.

George Bush was the captain of his baseball team when he attended Yale University.

Gerald Ford was the only President not elected into office. He was appointed Vice President by President Richard Nixon, and when Nixon resigned, he became the President.

Before Ronald Reagan became President of the United States and even before he started in movies and television, he actually announced Chicago Cubs games for WHO radio in Des Moines.

Whether it was from a fatal condition or being killed by an assassination, there have been eight Presidents of the United States that have died while still in office , four lost their lives due to being assassinated.

·    William Henry Harrison, 9th president (1841), died April 4, 1841 succumbed to pneumonia.

·    The 12th president (from 1849 to 50), Zachary Taylor, died July 9, 1850 from either food poisoning or cholera.

·    Abraham Lincoln, 16th president (1861-65), died April 15, 1865 when John Wilkes Booth (a well-known actor and Confederate spy from Maryland) shot Lincoln while he attended a show at Ford’s Theatre.

·    James Abram Garfield, 20th president (1881), died September 19, 1881 from blood poisoning, which could have been possibly avoided. He sustained further injury when doctors probed for an assassin’s bullet by using non-sterile instruments.

·    William McKinley, 25th president (1897-1901), died September 14, 1901 was killed by Leon Frank Czolgosz, who waited for the President with a pistol concealed in a handkerchief. He was able to shoot the President two times. The first bullet grazed McKinley’s shoulder, but the second went through his stomach, pancreas, and kidney before settling into the muscles located in the President’s back. Czolgosz was sent to the electric chair for the assassination.

·    Warren G. Harding, 29th president (1921-23), died August 2, 1923 from either a heart attack or a stroke, but since Harding’s wife refused to allow an autopsy, the exact case of death is not known.

·    Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president (1933-45), died April 12, 1945 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

·    Lee Harvey Oswald is responsible for shooting and killing John F. Kennedy, 35th president (1961-63), who died on November 22, 1963. Later, Jack Ruby killed Oswald.