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USA - Fact Check

Where to visit every US president

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USA - Fact Check Where to visit every US president

In honor of President's Day, here's a whistlestop tour of the US and a rundown of which presidents called which states home.

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Amazingly, half of all presidents come from just four states, and - while there have been 44 of them to date - a whopping 29 states have never been repped by a president.

Here's the who, the what and the why. Happy President's Day!

Eight presidents: Virginia

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The Blue Ridge Parkway, seen here passing through Virginia's Patrick County, is one of the most popular drives in America and one of the world's most scenic. It was built as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program to stimulate the American economy during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Photo by Danita Delimont / Getty Images

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The Blue Ridge Parkway, seen here passing through Virginia's Patrick County, is one of the most popular drives in America and one of the world's most scenic. It was built as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program to stimulate the American economy during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Not surprisingly, most of the early presidents were born in Virginia, from George Washington (the first) to Thomas Jefferson (third) and James Madison (fourth).

Still, Virginia's been repped much later: most notably by Woodrow Wilson, who was president from 1913-1921 and is the only Virginian to have been president since 1900.

Explore Virginia

Seven presidents: Ohio

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Columbus is the state capital of Ohio,and the 15th largest city in the USA. Photo by Website / Pixabay

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Columbus is the state capital of Ohio,and the 15th largest city in the USA.

I bet you thought it would be New York. But Ohio has been home to seven US presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, the face of the American $50 bill.

William McKinley, the 25th president and an Ohio native, was the last person to be both elected US president and to have fought in the American Civil War.

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Five presidents: New York

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Shot through a fish eye lens from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, the whole of Manhattan stretches out in all its glory. Commonly called ”The Big Apple,” New York City is the most populous – and the most densely populated—city in the United States. Photo by Asterio Tecson

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Shot through a fish eye lens from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, the whole of Manhattan stretches out in all its glory. Commonly called ”The Big Apple,” New York City is the most populous – and the most densely populated—city in the United States.

Home to arguably the most influential president of all time, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also, some man called Donald Trump.

Of New York's other three presidents, one - Martin Van Buren - has been globally influential in a particularly unusual way.

Though not universally confirmed, he's believed to be the origin of that little word, "OK".

Explore New York 

Four presidents: Massachusetts

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The red-lined Freedom Trail, seen here at Downtown Crossing, is a four kilometer walk past 16 historically significant sites in Boston. Highlights include Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, Paul Revere’s home and the USS Constitution. Photo by Essdras M Suarez / Getty Images

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The red-lined Freedom Trail, seen here at Downtown Crossing, is a four kilometer walk past 16 historically significant sites in Boston. Highlights include Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, Paul Revere’s home and the USS Constitution.

It's quality over quantity for the absurdly-hard-to-spell state of Massachusetts.

Famously home to John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts was also the home state of the father-son presidential combo of John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Which makes three. The fourth president from Massachusetts? You'll never guess but he's part of a presidential family, too.

Yep. George H. W. Bush (or 'Bush Senior') was born in Milton, MA.

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Two presidents: North Carolina, Texas, Vermont

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A view of the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas, USA. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

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A view of the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas, USA.

Texas was the home of two particularly famous presidents but neither of them is the one you're probably thinking of.

Because you might be thinking of former governor of Texas, George W. Bush. He's actually from New Haven, Connecticut.

The Texan presidents? Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson.

One president: well, lots of states

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Grover Cleveland's home in Caldwell, New Jersey. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

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Grover Cleveland's home in Caldwell, New Jersey.

There's too many one-president states to discuss -- but New Jersey is unique as the only state in the whole US to be represented twice but by the same man.

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and the 24th president, with Benjamin Harrison serving in between, which makes President Cleveland the only president to have served two terms at two different times.

(By the way, the other one-staters are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.)

 

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