Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Middle names of presidential administrations

Presidents and vice presidents always seem to have regal and/or unusual middle names. To see if that hunch was correct, I checked all of them through American history. Here they are in reverse chronological order:

Hussein - Robinette
Walker - Bruce
Jefferson - Arnold
Herbert Walker - Danforth
Wilson - Herbert Walker
Earl - Frederick
Rudolph (born Lynch) - Aldrich
Milhous - Theodore / Rudolph
Baines - Horatio
Fitzgerald - Baines
David - Milhous
S - William
Delano - Nance / Agard / S
Clark - (None)
Calvin - Gates
Gamaliel - Calvin
Woodrow - Riley
Howard - Schoolcraft
(None) - Warren
(None) - Augustus / (None)
Grover - Andrews
(None) - Parsons
Grover - Ewing
Alan - (No vice president)
Abram - Alan
Birchard - Almon
Ulysses / S - (None) / (None, changed from Jones)
(None) - (No vice president)
(None) - (None) / (None)
(None) - Cabell
(None) - Rufus DeVane
(None) - (No vice president)
(None) - (None)
Knox - Mifflin
(None) - (No vice president)
Henry - (None)
(None) - Mentor
(None) - Caldwell / (None)
Quincy - Caldwell
(None) - D (possibly Decius)
(None) - (None) / Thomas
(None) - (None) / (None)
(None) - (None)
(None) - (None)

Honorable mention:
David Rice Atchison (Acting president for one day in 1849) 
John (None) Hanson (President of Continental Congress, 1781)

So parents, if you want your child to grow up and be president, middle-name them something odd. Or don't give them one at all if you live in the 18th century. Or, give them any woman's name.

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