U.S. Presidential History: November

November 1

President John Adams, in the last year of his only term as president, moved into the newly constructed President’s House, the original name for what is known today as the White House.

white house

November 2

President Truman won a second term as U.S. President. President Truman took the office when President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away.

November 3

D.C. residents cast their first presidential votes. When President George Washington decided to make District of Columbia the country’s “Federal City” in 1790, it was put under jurisdiction of Congress and terminated its voting rights. In 1961, the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution restored these rights.

November 4

Barack Obama is elected as America’s first African-American president. The former senator of Illinois beat Senator John McCain of Arizona and became the 44th President of the United States.

President Obama

November 5

Eight years after losing to Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon was elected the President of the United States, beating Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

November 6

Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.

November 7

Amidst World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only U.S. President to win a forth term in office. He was the President the people trusted during the most trying times in American history; the Great Depression and the U.S. entrance into the Second World War. He died three months after his inauguration.

November 8

John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest person ever to be elected as U.S. President. This was also the first time the presidential candidates debated on live television. Many credited JFK’s win to his ability to project his charm and personality through the televised debates.

JFK Debate

November 9

President Theofore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to travel to a foreign country on an official visit. He visited Panama.

November 10

On the 179th birthday of the foundation of the U.S. Marine Corps, the USMC War Memorial, or commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, was dedicated by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington National Cemetery.

November 11

President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tombs of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Man at Tomb

November 13

First U.S. President George Washington concludes the first ever presidential tour. He visited all of the northern states for four weeks.

November 15

President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

November 16

President Nixon becomes the first president to attend a season NFL game while in office.

nixon holding ball

Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

November 17

Washington Dulles International Airport is dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

November 18

A toymaker in Brooklyn, New York, Morris Michton names his stuffed bear toy after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

Teddy Bear

November 19

President Abraham Lincoln gives his famous “Gettysburg” speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of a Civil War battle in July 1863.

November 20

Birthday of Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States.

November 22

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald is later captured and charged with the murder. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, becomes President upon Kennedy’s death.

November 24

Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination at Dallas police department headquarters.

JFK in car

November 25

The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873, a financial crisis that triggered a depression in Europe and North America that lasted from 1873 until 1879.

November 26

President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually.