President’s Day – Episcopal Leaders

Presidents’ Day is more than just a day off from work. It’s a holiday that gives us a chance to think about the lessons we can learn from the lives of those who have attained the highest office in the United States. Check out these list of president’s who share our Episcopal Christian Faith.

George Washington (1st)

  • Born: February 22, 1732 in Wakefield, Virginia
  • Occupation or Profession: Planter, Surveyor, Military
  • Military Rank: General
  • Married: (January 6, 1759) Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
    Children:- 2 step-children – John “Jackie” Parke Custis (1754 – 1781) and Martha “Patsy” Parke Custis (1756 – 1773) – 2 step-grandchildren – Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis and George Washington “Washy” Parke Custis
  • Political Party: None (Washington opposed the idea of political parties)
  • Number of terms: 2
  • Other Offices or Commissions: President of Constitutional Convention, Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of new United States Army
  • Died: December 14, 1799  at 67
  • Burial: Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Only President to be elected unanimously
  • Only President inaugurated in 2 cities – New York and Philadelphia
  • Only President that did not live in the White House. He was involved in the planning of the Capitol.
  • Washington did his own bookkeeping and recorded every penny of expense or profit. His ledgers still exist today.
  • There were 13 stars on the United States flag when Washington became President in 1789.
  • Five states were added to the Union during Washington’s presidency – North Carolina (1789), Rhode Island (1790), Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796).

James Madison (4th)

  • Born: March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: Colonel
  • Married: Dolley Todd Madison
  • Political Party: Democrat-Republican
  • Vice President: George Clinton – Elbridge Gerry
  • Age at Inauguration: 57
  • Served: 1809-1817
  • Number of terms: 2
  • Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary of State
  • Died: June 28, 1836 at 85
  • Place of Burial: Montpelier, Virginia

James Monroe (5th)

  • Born: April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • College or University: College of William and Mary
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: Major
  • Married: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
  • Children: 2 daughters and 1 son
  • Political Party: Democrat-Republican
  • Age at Inauguration: 58
  • Other Offices or Commissions: Congress of the Confederation, U.S. Senator, Minister to France, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, Secretary of War
  • Served: 1817-1825
  • Died: July 4, 1831 at 73
  • Place of Burial: Richmond, Virginia

William Henry Harrison (9th)

  • Born: February 9, 1773 in Berkeley, Va.
  • College or University: Hampden-Sydney
  • Occupation or Profession: Farmer
  • Military Rank: (2 Stars) Major General
  • Married: Anna Symmes Harrison
  • Children: 6 sons and 4 daughters
  • Political Party: Whig
  • Age at Inauguration: 68
  • Served: 1841
  • Number of terms: less than 1
  • Other Offices or Commissions: Governor of Indiana Territory, U.S. House of Representatives,
  • U.S. Senator, U.S. Minister to Colombia
  • Died: April 4, 1841 at 68
  • Place of Burial: North Bend, Ohio

John Tyler (10th)

  • Born: March 29, 1790 in Greenway, Va.
  • College or University: William and Mary
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: Captain
  • Married: Letitia Christian Tyler (1st wife)
  • Julia Gardiner Tyler
  • Children: 8 children by 1st wife, 7 children by 2nd wife
  • Political Party: Whig
  • Age at Inauguration: 51
  • Served: 1841 – 1845
  • Number of terms: 1
  • Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Virginia, U.S. Senator, Vice-President
  • Died: January 18, 1862 at 71
  • Place of Burial: Richmond, Va.

Zachary Taylor (12th)

  • Born: November 24, 1784 in Orange County, VA
  • Occupation or Profession: Soldier
  • Military Rank: (2 Stars) Major General
  • Married: Margaret Smith Taylor
  • Children: Ann Taylor, Sarah Knox Taylor, Octavia P. Taylor, Mary Smith Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Taylor
  • Political Party: Whig
  • Age at Inauguration: 64
  • Served: 1849-1850
  • Number of terms: less than 1
  • Died: July 9, 1850 at 65
  • Place of Burial: Louisville, KY

Franklin Pierce (14th)

  • Born: November 23, 1804 in Hillsboro, NH
  • College or University: Bowdoin
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: (1 Star) Brigadier General of Volunteers
  • Married: Jane Appleton Pierce
  • Children: Franklin Pierce, Jr., Frank Robert Pierce, Benjamin “Bennie” Pierce
  • Political Party: Democrat
  • Age at Inauguration: 48
  • Served: 1853-1857
  • Number of terms: 1
  • Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senator
  • Died: October 8, 1869 at 64
  • Place of Burial: Concord, NH

Chester A. Arthur (21st)

  • Born: October 5, 1830 in Fairfield, VT
  • College or University: Union
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: 1 Star) Quartermaster General
  • Married: Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur
  • Children: Chester Arthur Jr., Ellen Arthur
  • Political Party: RepublicanAge at Inauguration: 50
  • Served: 1881-1885
  • Number of terms: Less than 1
  • Other Offices or Commissions: Collector of the Port of N.Y., Vice-President
  • Died: November 18, 1886 at 56
  • Place of Burial: Albany, NY

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd)

  • Born: January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, NY
  • College or University: Harvard
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Married: Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Children: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, Jr., Elliott Roosevelt, a second Franklin Delano, Jr., John Aspinwall Roosevelt
  • Political Party: Democrat
  • Age at Inauguration: 51
  • Served: 1933-1945
  • Number of terms: 3
  • Other Offices or Commissions: N.Y. Senator
  • Died: April 12, 1945 at 63
  • Place of Burial: Hyde Park, NY

Gerald Ford (38th)

  • Born: July 14, 1913 in  Omaha, Nebraska
  • College or University: University of Michigan, Yale
  • Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
  • Military Rank: Lieutenant Commander
  • Married: Elizabeth Bloomer Warren
  • Children: Michael Gerald Ford, John Gardner Ford, Steven Meigs Ford, and Susan Elizabeth Ford
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Age at Inauguration: 60
  • Served: 1974 – 1977
  • Number of terms: 1
  • Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. House of Representatives
  • Died: December 26, 2006 at 93
  • Place of Burial: Grand Rapids, MI

George H. W. Bush (43rd)

  • Born: July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut
  • College or University: Yale University, Harvard Business School
  • Religion: Episcopal,  Methodist,  Born-again Christian
  • Occupation or Profession: Governor of Texas
  • Military Rank: Lieutenant in Air National Guard
  • Married: Laura Bush
  • Children: Jenna and Barbara Bush
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Age at Inauguration: 52
  • Served: 2000 – 2008
  • Number of terms: 2
  • Other Offices or Commissions: Governor of Texas
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