Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Data

Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Data

Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Data

Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Data

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The Presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Dwight David Eisenhower, are subjects of continuing popular interest and scholarly research. About these thirty-three men countless books have been published -- individual biographies, collective biographies, academic studies, political analyses, pictorial histories. FACTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS is a compilation which presents, in one volume, data concerning their lives, their backgrounds, their tenure of office -- and much about the office itself. It would not be possible, obviously, to cover in one book every known fact about every President, but most of the facts likely to be sought by the general reader and by the specialist are included.

In Part I a chapter is devoted to each President in the chronological order in which he took office. The data in these chapters are arranged uniformly. A genealogical compilation presents vital material about the President's parents, brothers and sisters, wife, and children. Family history is followed by data on elections, congressional sessions, cabinet appointments, and the Vice President, as well as highlights of the President's life and administration.

In Part II material is presented in comparative form, with collective data and statistics on the Presidents as individuals and on the office of the presidency.

The determination of correct dates -- thousands in a work of this nature -- has been a great problem, and it has been a major task to supply those dates which are buried in musty records. The inclusion of complete dates, rather than just the year or month, has made the task still more difficult. Where first-hand sources are not available and where discrepancies appear in secondary sources, the dates have been omitted. It is hoped that future research or the discovery of new documents may unearth these unknown or obscure dates.

It should also be noted that many dates disagree with those previously printed. Such discrepancies do not indicate that the dates herein presented are incorrect but rather that the others may be in error. Should further research bring primary sources to light to contradict any of the dates in FACTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS , we will appreciate hearing of these documents so that they may be examined to determine whether the new data should be included in future editions.

JOSEPH NATHAN KANE

May 1959 . . .

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