List of United States Presidential firsts

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This article is a list of achievements or notable events by U.S. President at the time of their election or during their term of service.

George Washington (1789–1797)

George Washington added "So help me God" to the presidential oath.[1] First President from Virginia.

John Adams (1797–1801)

John Adams was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence elected as President.

Thomas Jefferson (1801–1809)

Thomas Jefferson was the first President to have the House of Representatives decide the election.

James Madison (1809–1817)

James Madison was the first President to have two vice presidents die in office.(George Clinton and Elbridge Gerry)

James Monroe (1817–1825)

James Monroe was the first President to have one of his children be married at the White House.(His daughter Mary)

John Quincy Adams (1825–1829)

John Quincy Adams was the first President to have facial hair.

Andrew Jackson (1829–1837)

Andrew Jackson was the first President to be a target of an assassin.

Martin Van Buren (1837–1841)

Martin Van Buren was the first President born after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

William Henry Harrison (1841)

William Henry Harrison was the first Whig elected as President.

John Tyler (1841–1845)

John Tyler was the first to become President as a result of his predecessor's passing.

James K. Polk (1845–1849)

James K. Polk was the first President to be elected before the age of 50.

Zachary Taylor (1849–1850)

Zachary Taylor was the first President to have no prior experience in elective office.

Millard Fillmore (1850–1853)

Millard Fillmore was the first President born in the 1800s.

Franklin Pierce (1853–1857)

Franklin Pierce was the first President to have central heating in the White House.

James Buchanan (1857–1861)

James Buchanan was the first President to have photographs taken of his inauguration.

Abraham Lincoln (1861–1865)

Abraham Lincoln was the first President to defend the Founding Fathers against baseless charges related to slavery.(Cooper Union and Peoria speeches)

Andrew Johnson (1865–1869)

Andrew Johnson was the first President to be impeached.

Ulysses S. Grant (1869–1877)

Ulysses S. Grant was the first President to publish memoirs.

Rutherford B. Hayes (1877–1881)

Rutherford B. Hayes was the first President to lose the popular vote but still become President through the Electoral College.

James A. Garfield (1881)

James A. Garfield was the first President to serve for less than a year.

Chester A. Arthur (1881–1885)

Chester A. Arthur was the first President born in the state of Vermont.

Grover Cleveland (1885–1889; 1893–1897)

Grover Cleveland was the first President to serve two terms non-consecutively.

Benjamin Harrison (1889–1893)

Benjamin Harrison was the first President to use a recording device for his voice.

William McKinley (1897–1901)

William McKinley was the first President to be inaugurated in the 20th century.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909)

Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to issue over 1000 executive orders.

William H. Taft (1909–1913)

William Howard Taft was the first President to serve on the Supreme Court.

Woodrow Wilson (1913–1921)

Woodrow Wilson was the first President to meet the Pope as President.

Warren G. Harding (1921–1923)

Warren G. Harding was the first President elected while being a sitting senator.

Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929)

Calvin Coolidge was the first modern Conservative elected to the Presidency.

Herbert Hoover (1929–1933)

Herbert Hoover was the first President to survive the Presidency for more than three decades.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first President to serve more than two terms.

Harry S. Truman (1945–1953)

Harry S. Truman was the first President to deliver an address to the nation via television.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953–1961)

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first President to serve in World War I and World War II.

John F. Kennedy (1961–1963)

John F. Kennedy was the first President born in the 20th century.

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969)

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first President to visit the following countries as President: Australia, Austria, Guatemala, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Richard Nixon (1969–1974)

Richard Nixon was the first President to be pardoned by another President.

Gerald Ford (1974–1977)

Gerald Ford was the first President to pardon another President.

Jimmy Carter (1977–1981)

Jimmy Carter was the first President to have a Secretary of Energy.

Ronald Reagan (1981–1989)

Ronald Reagan was the first living President to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

George H. W. Bush (1989–1993)

George H. W. Bush was the first President to have been married for more than seven decades.

Bill Clinton (1993–2001)

Bill Clinton was the first President to have a spouse seek the Presidency.

George W. Bush (2001–2009)

George W. Bush was the first President who served in the Vietnam War.

Barack Obama (2009–2017)

Barack Obama was the first multiracial President.

Donald Trump (2017– )

Donald Trump was the first President to appoint an Indian American to his Cabinet.

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