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Ten Fun Facts about Presidential Elections

As President Barrack Obama’s term inches towards a final close, the current presidential candidates continue to give the American people a colorful presentation of appearances, speeches, promises and dialogue!

In the true spirit of Election Day fun, PRIME Insurance presents these related tidbits:

  • The term ‘election’ is derived from Latin’s ‘eligere’, meaning ‘selection’.

  • Thomas Jefferson used the writing skills of James Callendar to sway the vote in his favor by besmirching opposing presidential candidate, John Adams.

  • There was no mud-slinging in the 1789 presidential election campaigns. Of course, this can be attributed to the fact that George Washington was the only running candidate!

  • Ulysses S. Grant won the 1872 election by a landslide. No great feat, though, as the competing candidate, Horace Greeley passed away prior to the election’s conclusion.

  • It was in the year 1870 that the US Congress acknowledged ‘Black votes matter’, entitling all men the privilege.


  • In 1920, following a lengthy struggle for equality, all American women were given the right to vote.

  • Richard Nixon’s 1968 running mate, Spirow Agnew was so unknown that questions like, ‘Is that a disease?’ were asked in relation to the name.

  •  US astronauts have the ability to vote in space using secured email messaging.

  • The Chicago Daily Tribune committed the gravest journalistic error ever by citing Dewey as the 1946 presidential winner instead of Truman.

  • If you are voting in KT and SC, don’t drink alcoholic beverages; it’s against the law on Election Day!

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Summary: Aren’t adequately entertained by today’s Election Day politics? Prime Insurance highlights these fun facts!


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