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George Washington
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James Madison
James Monroe
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Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William H. Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump

Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations of U.S. Presidents
Note: I just began work on this page. I will be adding to it all most every day
until it is near done. I have posted five new pages.

Four U.S. Presidents have been Assassinated:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Garfield
  • William McKinley
  • John Kennedy

Several Presidents have had attempts made to assassinate them:

In the the 1700's and most of the 1800's presidents did not have guards and secret service protection around the clock like presidents do today. In fact the is a story of a man who entered the White House and went up stairs and pounded on President Jackson's bedroom door. The noise woke others who took the man to the basement to hold him until morning. The man escape and was never found.

President Tyler was the first president to request protection. He had seen the attempt on Jackson's life and thought he needed it. At the time there was only one armed doorman at the north door of the White House. Congress granted him four men to protect the White House.

It was the choice of the president if he wanted protection or not. During the Civil War security was increased for Lincoln. After the war the decision was left to the president. Even after Lincoln and Garfield were assassinated it was up the president to decide if he wanted armed protection.

After the assassination of McKinley the Secretary of The Treasury made it official that the Secret Service would protect the president. In 1992 the White House Police Unit was form. They were later move to part of the Secret Service. The Secret Service now protects other members of the presidential family and others. These are some of the changes in who the Secret Service protects:

  • President elect - 1913
  • Presidents immediate family - 1917
  • Vice President - 1951
  • Vice President elect - 1962
  • Former Presidents and their wives - 1965
  • The widow of a former President until she remarries 1968
  • Former president's children until age 16 - 1968
  • Major presidential and vice-presidential candidates - 1968
  • Visiting heads of state and their spouses - 1971

The "Curse of Tippecanoe"

The curse began with William Harrison (Tippecanoe and Tyler Too) who died in 1841. He was elected in 1840. For a 120 years, every president elected in a year ending is zero died will serving in office. A zero is in an election every 20 years. The story is told that Tecumseh's older brother known as the Prophet set a curse on Harrison and future occupants of the White House in years that end with the same number as Harrison's election. He did this because of the treaty me of the Native Americans after a war. The curse was broken by Reagan (1980). He was shot but not killed. In 2000, George Bush was elected. There was an attempt against his life but he was not injured.


NEW Facts about the Inaugurations

Nicknames for the Presidents

First Ladies

Presidents who died in office

Assassinations and Assassination Attempts

Vice Presidents who became Presidents

Presidential Salaries

Oldest living Presidents

Presidents' Military Service

Preidential Timeline of Key Dates

Books about U.S. President

Pets of the Presidents

Chronlogical (by Year) Order
Of the Presidents.


The Presidents of the United States. 22 September 2004:

Davis, Gibbs and Ilus. David A. Johnson. Wackiest White House Pets. New York: Scholastic Press, October 2004

James, Barber and Amy Pastan. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies. New York: DK Publishing, 2002

Kane, Joseph Natan. Facts about the Presidents from Washington to Johnson. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1964.

McCullough, Noah, The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia. Random House, USA, 2006

Pine, Joslyn, Presidential Wit and Wisdom: Memorable Quotes from George Washington to Barack Obama . Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2009

Huffington Post web site.

Lang, Stephen, The Complete Book of Presidential Trivia, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2011

O'Reilly, Bill, and Dugard, Martin, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011

St. George, Judith In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake , Scholastic Inc. New York, 2001

In addition to these books, I have also read and have used information from those listed on my Books About Presidents page.



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