Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 24, 2012

Great Laker Presidential Trivia

Romney, Ryan, Obama and Biden are all Great Lakers

Come November 6, 2012, U.S. voters will face a choice of two teams of politicians vying for the honor of serving as president and vice president who, despite having dramatically different views, styles, parties and just about everything else, do have something in common:

They are all Great Lakers.

Obama of Illinois and Biden of Pennsylvania

Great Lakers have roots in the region surrounding the five massive inland seas—Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior—and the American states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New York, plus the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Democrat President Barack Obama calls Illinois home and his running mate, Joe Biden, hails from Pennsylvania.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was born in Michigan and his choice for vice president, Paul Ryan, is a native of Wisconsin.

Find tidbits about the Great Lakers who have occupied the White House, below.

Ryan of Wisconsin and Romney of the Mitten State

Great Laker Presidential Trivia


Of the Mitten State: 

  • Mitt Romney would be the first President of the U.S. to have been born in the Mitten-shaped state. President Gerald R. Ford is the only Commander in Chief with ties to Michigan. He was raised in Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan before serving in the House of Representatives and becoming Vice President under Richard Nixon. After Nixon stepped down Ford assumed the duties of the office and served as the 38th president.

    Ann Romney who, like her husband is from Michigan, demonstrates the Mitten Hand

Previous all-Great Laker presidential tickets: 

  • 18th President Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio and Vice President Schuyler Colfax of Indiana
  • 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio and V.P. William A. Wheeler of New York
  • 20th President James A. Garfield of Ohio and V.P. Chester A. Arthur of New York
  • 23rd President Benjamin Harrison of Ohio and V.P. Levi P. Morton of New York
  • 26th President Theodore Roosevelt of New York and V.P. Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana
  • 27th President William Howard Taft of Ohio and V.P. James S. Sherman of New York

Ohio claims the most U.S. presidents of any state:

Visit the home of President James Garfield in Mentor, Ohio

  • #9 William H. Harrison
  • #18 Ulysses S. Grant
  • #19 Rutherford B. Hayes
  • #20 James A. Garfield
  • #23 Benjamin Harrison
  • #25 William McKinley
  • #27 William Howard Taft
  • #29 Warren G. Harding

Great Laker presidents from New York State:

  • #8 Martin Van Buren
  • #13 Millard Fillmore
  • #26 Theodore Roosevelt
  • #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Great Laker presidents from Illinois:

Great Laker Ronald Reagan was nominated by his party at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit

  • #16 Abraham Lincoln (who was born in Kentucky but is more closely associated with Illinois)
  • #40 Ronald Reagan, born in Tampico, Illinois
  • #44 Barack Obama

The only president from Pennsylvania was also the only president who never married: 

  • #15 James Buchanan.

Presidential Libraries in the Great Lakes region:

  • Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York

Great Laker presidents from Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin:

  • None. Yet.
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