A Dozen American Firsts

Annie69 By Annie69, 5th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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America was a new nation under a new kind of government. Here's a dozen American firsts.

The Union

1. America’s first government was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

2. The first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation was Virginia on December 16, 1777.

3. When the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation, Delaware was the first state to ratify it on December 7, 1787.

4. Vermont was the first of the original colonies to be admitted to the Union—March 4, 1791.

The People

5. George Washington was sworn in as the first president under the Constitution on April 30, 1789.

6. Vice President George Clinton was the first to serve under two different presidents: VP under Thomas Jefferson from March 4, 1805, to March 4, 1809, and James Madison from March 4, 1809, to April 20, 1812.

7. Vice President George Clinton was the first VP to die in office—April 20, 1812.

8. President James Madison was the first president to serve without a vice president.

9. John Tyler was the first person to assume the Presidency upon the death of the President—April 4, 1841.

10. The year 1841 was the only one to have three presidents: Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler.

11. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated. He was shot on April 14, 1865, and died the next day.

12. Grover Cleveland was the first and only president to be elected to non-consecutive terms: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897.


Articles Of Confederation, Constitution, Original Colonies, Presidents, Vice Presidents

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History column appears weekly in local newspaper. Also news, human interest, and pictures. My fiction and poems have appeared in literary anthologies and I've written 3 novels

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Annie69
6th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you. glad you enjoyed it

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you. Interesting post

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author avatar Annie69
6th Oct 2015 (#)

You're welcome, glad you liked it.

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