The Presidents of the United States
—Which president was not a U.S. citizen when he died?
—What virtually unknown man was president for only one day?
—Who was the first president to be born in a hospital?
See bottom of page for answers.*
This IPL link will provide you with some interesting information on the U. S. Presidents: POTUS: Presidents of the United States. POTUS covers "background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites..." Anyone interested in U.S. presidents is highly encouraged to use POTUS.
Here is a link to some trivia questions and answers about the presidents: For example, who was the shortest? the youngest? how many died in office? who was the first to appear on TV? Someone else may have already asked the same question you need answering! Take a look at IPL's U.S. Presidency FAQ.
The following suggestions will guide you towards other sources, both on the Internet and in print.
On the Internet
The Web contains numerous sites on U.S. presidents and the presidency. For a basic start, you can perform keyword searches on any search engine using keywords such as "presidents" or the name of the president in which you're interested. Or, you can start at the following sites:
American Experience: The Presidents (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/) Covers 20th-century presidents. Includes snapshots and information on the era in which the president served, his domestic and foreign policies, and his politics. An interactive web site based on the PBS series.
American Presidents: Life Portraits (http://www.americanpresidents.org/) President's Videos is the companion website for the C-SPAN television series and "contains a large video archive of many American Presidents: Life Portraits programming, plus these additional resources: Biographical facts, Key events of each presidency, Presidential places, Reference material."
Presidents of the United States (http://www.presidentsusa.net/) provides answers to many questions about the presidents. The questions are grouped into categories such as the Presidents' Birth and Death Information, First Lady and Family, the Presidents' Occupations, and Campaigns and Elections.
The White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/history/) is a wise stop in a search for presidential information: This page links to a biographical sketch and portrait of each president; a biographical sketch and portrait of each First Lady; a glimpse of the families who have lived at the White House; a virtual historic tour of the White House; and "a historical perspective" of selected art work from the White House collection.
On the Bookshelves
If you want to sit down with a good book about your favorite president, there are countless available at bookstores, on-line bookstores such as Amazon.com, and your local public library. Most public libraries in the United States use the Dewey Decimal classification. The following call numbers are a good place to start for president's biographies and books related to presidency:
the 920s General Biography and 973 U.S. History. The books in this library include the following reference books:
Facts About The Presidents - 973.099
The Presidents - A reference history - 973
The Presidency of the United States - 973.03
Books on specific presidents:
JFK Remembered -973.02
The world of George Washington -973.4
Information on the presidents is also available in the encyclopedias. Reference books do not circulate, but we can copy any page you require for your assignment.
—Want to know more about the presidents' wives, children, pets, or cars? Try these books: (available at the public library upon request.)
American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 1788)
by Lewis Gould. Garland Pub. 1996.
First Dogs: American Presidents &Their Best Friends
by Roy Rowan. Algonquin Books. 1997.
Presidential Cars &Transportation: From Horse and Carriage to Air Force One, the Story of How the Presidents of the United States Travel
by William D. Siuru. Krause Publications. 1995.
The White House Kids: Children in the Presidents' Home
by Rose Blue. Millbrook Press. 1995. (juvenile)
Good luck in your quest for presidential information!
*Answers: (1)President John Tyler. (2)David Rice Atchison. (3)Jimmy Carter.
This pathfinder was adopted and edited for the Willingboro Public School district by Elizabeth Massaro from existing resources found on the IPL.org and other websites.