The coolest US presidential firsts are listed here for your voting and education pleasure. Who was the first president to actually live in the White House? Who was the first bachelor president? Which president was the first to appear on TV? These questions and way more get answered on this list of US presidential firsts. Enjoy these presidential trivia facts that cover everything from the major bases (first president to be assassinated and the first president to resign) to the funnier and wilder famous firsts (who was the first to wear regular pants, for instance?).
The presidents of USA are members of an elite club, but they all managed to stand out in one way or another. Many of them made history by being the "first" to do things, like President Grover Cleveland being the first president to get married at the White House or President Barack Obama being the first president to publicly support gay marriage. The United States trivia continues with fun facts about American presidents like Bill Clinton (the first to be live-streamed) and Ronald Reagan (the first to be divorced).Upvote the most interesting firsts achieved by many of the most famous and influential US presidents. Even if you think the leader is one of the worst presidents in American history, if he was the first to do something neat, give it an upvote!
First to Nominate a Female Justice
While Barack Obama made history with his number of female nominations to the Supreme Court, the trend started (and took too long to get to) with President Ronald Reagan. Reagan made history for women's rights when he nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to the court.
First to Not Own Slaves
When George Washington was in charge, the precedent had been set that the presidents of the United States could and would own other human beings. In fact, of the first five presidents, four of them were slave-owners. The trend, however, took a hiatus with the second president, John Adams did not own slaves.
First to Argue a Case in Front of the Supreme Court
While most people don't know that a former president can even argue a case to the federal court, President John Quincy Adams actually did it in 1840. The man who had formerly been the Commander in Chief who would nominate justices to the Supreme Court ended up making an argument in front of them on behalf of Amistad captives in the Winter of 1840.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the biggest star on TV when he became the first Commander in Chief to appear on the new medium. FDR, who was already killing it on the radio with his "fireside chats," appeared on a broadcast of the 1939 World's Fair in New York.