The American President

On November 6th, we go to the polls to elect the 45th President of the United States. Here's some fun presidential trivia, illustrated with images from the Bridgeman archive.

Composite from various collections represented by Bridgeman. Click for full lightbox of images.


John F. Kennedy was the youngest man to be elected to the presidency, but do you know who was the youngest to actually serve? Click here.

Our tallest president happens to be one of our most beloved with a namesake movie out this month. Do you know who was our shortest president, standing at only 5 feet 4 inches?  Click here.

Eight of our 44 presidents have been left-handed. Click here to find out who.

Who was the first president to be born a U.S. Citizen? Click here.

Besides George W. Bush, do you know the three other presidents elected to office without winning the popular vote?  Click here.

The longest inaugural address was an hour and 45 minutes in a driving snow storm (given by the man with the distinction of serving the shortest time in office after dying a month later of pneumonia).  The shortest was given during this president's second inaugural. Click here.

One of our most beloved presidents served more than two consecutive terms in office. Do you know who served twice in non-consecutive terms? Click here.

Do you know the only president to never marry? Click here. And who was the father of 15 children? Click here.

Which president had a second career as a Supreme Court Justice after leaving office? This man also has the distinction of being the largest, topping more than 300 lbs, and had an unfortunate incident of getting stuck in the White House bathtub. Click here.


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This is just a sampling of the material we have in our archive, which encompasses everything from official presidential portraits and photographs to election ephemera and political cartoons. Please email us at if we can help you source material for an upcoming project.


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