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The Coolest U.S. Presidential Firsts  

Mel Judson
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List Rules Upvote the coolest and most interesting firsts among the American presidents.

The coolest U.S. 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 U.S. 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 the U.S.A. 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 U.S. 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 Jus... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest U.S. Presidential Firsts
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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.
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First to Appoint a Black Justi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest U.S. Presidential Firsts
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First to Appoint a Black Justice
While it wasn't until 2008 when America elected a black president, it was 1967 when the President appointed a black justice to the Supreme court. On August 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Justice Thurgood Marshall to the Untied States Supreme Court. He retired in 1991, two years before he died at the age of 84.
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First to Not Own Slaves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest U.S. Presidential Firsts
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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.
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First to Have a Phone in the W... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest U.S. Presidential Firsts
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First to Have a Phone in the White House
The president usually assumes he or she will have access to a telephone, but it wasn't until May 10, 1877 when the White House got one. President Rutherford B. Hayes oversaw the installation of a phone in the White House and now even Air Force One has 87 phones on board.
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