Here are five other presidential firsts. See if you know them:
Maybe a cross-Atlantic journey by President John Adams or George Washington?
A train ride up to Canada by Andrew Jackson or Ulysses S. Grant in the 19th century?
It wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that any American president set foot outside the United States during office.
In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt boarded the USS Louisiana and steamed to Panama to inspect construction of the Panama Canal.
First to be president and vice president without being elected
Plenty of American vice presidents got the top job after a president’s death or resignation, but how many became vice president and president without earning a single vote at the ballot box?
When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in a tax evasion scandal in 1973, President Richard Nixon appointed Rep. Gerald Ford, R-Michigan, as Agnew’s replacement.
Ford lost his bid to remain in the White House to Jimmy Carter in 1976.
First to be born a US citizen
Early American presidents had no choice but to be born as foreign citizens — the United States wasn’t yet a country when they were born.
So who was the first American president to actually be a US citizen? That title goes to Martin Van Buren, the country’s eighth president.
Born in Kinderhook, New York, on December 5, 1782, Van Buren rose to become a New York governor, US secretary of state and vice president before his election to the White House.
All previous presidents had been born as colonists, making them citizens of Great Britain.
First to hold nonconsecutive terms
Did you guess Franklin D. Roosevelt? Sorry, that’s wrong.
You have to rewind to the 19th century in the years after the Civil War to find the only US president who moved out of the White House, only to return again in a few years.
First to hold regular news conferences
Commanding the airwaves of major television networks is still a powerful way for a POTUS to share important messages with the American people — yet the presidential news conference actually started decades before TVs became a household item in the 1950s and 1960s.
But make no mistake: These were not the free-wheeling, nonscripted, live question-and-answer sessions that we are accustomed to today. Wilson and the next five US presidents held off-the-record news conferences, meaning they could amend anything they said to the media.
And they certainly weren’t broadcast live, even over the radio.
It’s no surprise that once presidential news conferences became on the record in the Eisenhower administration, the frequency dropped significantly.