Get out to VOTE and learn some fun facts!

Posted on November 3, 2008. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 will be a historic day in American History.  Thanks for doing your part and voting.  Here is a link to find your polling place in Orange County

Now for some fun facts about the United States of America and how YOUR ONE VOTE COUNTS!


1.   The state that was the birthplace for the most former presidents is Virginia, with 8 former presidents born there.

2.   The religion to which the most former presidents belong is Episcopalian, with 11 former presidents.

3.   Four of our presidents have won the presidency but not the popular vote.  They are John Quincy Adams, Rutherford G. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush.

4.   Armored knights used to raise their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king.  This custom has turned into the modern military salute.

5.   There are over 50 recognized political parties, though many are very small and many are based out of only one or a few states.

6.   Definition: Psephophobia: The fear of voting.

7.   You must be 35 years old to be president, 30 to be U.S. senator, 25 to be a U.S. House member, 18 to be Governor of Vermont and 18 to be a state senator of Vermont.

8.   The youngest elected president of the U.S. was John F. Kennedy, at 43 years old


1714: One vote placed King George 1 on the throne in England and restored the monarchy.

1800: One vote kept Aaron Burr, later charged with treason, from becoming president.

1839: One vote elected Marcus Morton as the Governor of Massachusetts.

1844: A farmer in Switzerland County, Indiana named Freeman Clark was seriously ill on Election Day.  He had his son carry him to the county seat so he could vote for David Kelso for state senator.  Clark died on the way home from the polling place.  David Kelso was elected state senator by one vote.

1844: Back when state senates elected U.S. senators, the Indiana state senate elected Edward Hannigan for U.S. senate by one vote; that vote was David Kelso’s.

1845: The U.S. Senate passed a convention to annex Texas by a vote of 27 – 25. One of the two critical votes was cast by Senator Hannigan from Indiana.

1850: One vote made California a state.

1859: One vote made Oregon a state.

1868: One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.

1876: President Rutherford B. Hayes was elected by one vote. Here’s the full story: His democratic opponent Samuel Tilden won the popular vote, but came up one electoral vote shy of a majority.  Twenty electoral votes were under dispute because political tactics were so shady. Congress appointed a commission of eight Republicans and seven Democrats to resolve the issue of the disputed electoral votes. The members voted along party lines, and so the Republicans, with a majority of one, voted to give all 20 of the electoral votes to Hayes, thus making him the President.

1889: One vote made Washington a state.

1890: One vote made Idaho a state.

1920: Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote, by one vote.  Tennessee was the last state needed for ratification.

1941: One vote made the term for selective service 2 ½ years instead of 1.

We at the WeeksTeam look forward to helping you with your housing needs.  This remains a GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOME.

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