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Presidential Birthdays

The birthdates of the Presidents of the United States form an interesting study. The following is a list of all the Presidents (to the date of this writing) and their birthdays.

George Washington February 22, 1732
John Adams October 30 1735
Thomas Jefferson April 13, 1743
James Madison March 16, 1751
James Monroe April 28th, 1758
John Quincy Adams July 11, 1767
Andrew Jackson March 15, 1767
Martin Van Buren December 5, 1782
William Henry Harrison February 9, 1773
John Tyler March 29, 1790
James K. Polk November 2, 1795
Zachary Taylor November 24, 1784
Millard Fillmore January 7, 1800
Franklin Pierce November 23, 1804
James Buchanan April 23, 1791
Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809
Andrew Johnson December 29, 1808
Ulysses S. Grant April 27, 1822
Rutherford B. Hayes October 4, 1822
James A. Garfield November 19, 1831
Chester A. Arthur October 5, 1829
Grover Cleveland March 18, 1837
Benjamin Harrison August 20, 1833
William McKinley January 29, 1843
Theodore Roosevelt October 27, 1858
William Howard Taft September 15, 1857
Woodrow Wilson December 28, 1856
Warren G. Harding November 2, 1865
Calvin Coolidge July 4, 1872
Herbert Hoover August 10, 1874
Franklin D. Roosevelt January 30, 1882
Harry S Truman May 8, 1884
Dwight D. Eisenhower October 14, 1890
John Kennedy May 29, 1917
Lyndon B. Johnson August 27, 1908
Richard M. Nixon January 9, 1913
Gerald R. Ford July 14, 1913
Jimmy Carter October 1, 1924
Ronald Reagan February 6, 1911
George H. W. Bush June 12, 1924
William J. Clinton August 19, 1946
George W. Bush July 6, 1946
Barack Hussein Obama August 4, 1961

President's Day is in February. However, only four presidents were born in this month. It just so happens that two of America's most prominent presidents were born in February, Washington and Lincoln. The two other presidents that share this birth month are Ronald Reagan and William Henry Harrison.

The month with the most presidential birthdays is October with six. The presidents born this month are John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight David Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter. Interestingly enough, the second most popular month for presidential birthdays is November with five.

The most sparse month is a tie between June and September, each claiming only one president. June claims George H.W. Bush, and September has William Howard Taft.

Can we make anything from this skewed distribution of birthdays? Perhaps and perhaps not. 43 total presidents (44 if you count Cleveland twice, as many do, because of his separate terms of office) may not be a large enough sample to create a scientific conclusion regarding birth-months. Yet, we can say that the spring months, taken together, have a dearth of births. This could be because many of the early presidents had fathers who participated in historic events, which usually occurred in the summer months. This would mean these men were more likely to be absent from home at the crucial moment nine months before the spring season. -----

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