April is almost here! In celebration we want to share more about the four presidents who were born in that rainy month. You will find some very well know facts but might be surprised to learn a thing or two you didn’t expect about Thomas Jefferson, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant and James Monroe.
Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States. He was born on April 13, 1743, the 3rd of 10 children, in Goochland County Virginia. He was an architect, was interested in birds, wine and known to be a gourmet. Many know that he was married to Martha Skelton and had children but did you know that only 2 of his 6 children survived to adulthood? He also collected books and had quite a memorable collection by the time he passed away on July 4th in 1826, the same day our 2nd President John Adams, a life-long friend of Jefferson died. They both left this world on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence to which their signatures forever resides.
James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. He was born on April 23rd 1791 in Cove Gap Pennsylvania and was the last president born in the 18th Century. He was a successful attorney who never married but was engaged at one time to a woman who died shortly after breaking off the engagement. It is rumored she died of distress. Since he didn’t marry, his niece served as the first lady and between the two of them the White House became very social in comparison to previous terms. While James never had children of his own, friends observed that he cared for many of his young relatives who had lost their parents, as he was very wealthy. He was known to many of his friends as “Old Buck” which stuck until his death in 1868.
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. He was born on April 27th 1822 in Point Pleasant Ohio. He is well known for both his presidency and as the last and most distinguished Union Army commander of the Civil War. During his presidency he was involved in civil rights movements including fighting against Ku Klux Klan violence. He followed up his 2 presidential terms by touring the world and being welcomed by individuals in high places in many countries including Britain, Russia, Egypt, and China. He is the only president to have been on the US stamp more than twice. He was honored on 3 stamps and is currently on the $50 bill. Ulysses passed away at the age of 63 in 1885 and is interred in New York City.
James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States. He was born on April 28th 1758 in Westmoreland County Virginia. He served 2 presidential terms from 1817 to 1825. Prior to his terms, he served as the Ambassador to France (among other political endeavors) during which time he managed to free all Americans held in the French prisons. Like Grant, Monroe was honored on a 5 cent stamp which premiered in December of 1954. He is also the only president that has a foreign country city named after him, as the capital city in Liberia was renamed Monrovia in 1824. Did you know that Monroe was the last United States President to wear a powered wig and knee breeches? He was! After his wife passed away, he lived with his daughter in New York City until his death on the 55th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1831.
So, what is the verdict – did you learn anything new about these well known presidents? We sure hope you did! If you want to continue exploring their legacy you might want to check out our Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Page and come visit our museum. You might also enjoy our Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Blog Post.