Life and Death in the White House

By  USDR

Eight of our 44 presidents, almost one in five, have died while in office. While this ratio alone may raise an eyebrow, the causes of the deaths are unsettling. Half of these deaths were due to assassination. Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were all killed by an assassin’s bullet. The other four deaths were more common, yet just as untimely. Heart attack, cerebral hemorrhage, acute gastroenteritis and pneumonia claimed Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Zachary Taylor and William Henry Harrison, respectively. William Henry Harrison’s grandson (Benjamin Harrison), served as president from 1889-1893. He did not die while in office, but his wife, Caroline Harrison, died three years into his presidency. Death and the presidency have a special relationship, it  seems.

History has forgotten some of the more mundane facts surrounding the love and family lives of our past presidents. Ronald Reagan was the only divorcee elected to the office. James Buchanan never bothered to marry at all. Presidents Tyler and Wilson also became widowers while in office, just like Benjamin Harrison. Washington, Madison, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan and Harding never had any of their own children, while John Tyler stayed busy with a brood of 15 kids. While all of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s children had the right to vote, he was the first president whose mother could vote. In presidential terms, John F. Kennedy was a child himself when he was elected. The minimum age is 35, and he assumed office at the age of 43. Tragically, he did not get to serve his first term to the  end.

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