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Famous American Firsts
"Some people are the first to do something by happenstance; others by design and hardwork. Each of these people is notable for having been the first American to do a specific thing; some on accident and some by force of will."
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This Scottish-born lawyer was the first justice of the United States Supreme Court to take office after being appointed by President Washington and confirmed by the Senate. Who was it?
In 1800, he became the first president to lose a reelection bid. Which of these became the "First Loser?"
While overshadowed by the first Republican President, this man is credited as being the first presidential candidate from the Republican Party. Who was this precursor to Lincoln?
James K. Polk
John C. Fremont
William L. Dayton
Grandchild of John White, this person was the first English born child in the New World. Name this interesting first.
Not only was he the 25h Governor of Louisiana, he was also the first African-American governor of any US state. Who was this notable first?
P. B. S. Pinchback
The US issued this potash maker the first ever US Patent (Patent X000001) on July 31, 1790. Name this innovative first.
While in April of 1961, Soviet Yuri Gagarin was the first person to travel into space, this adventuresome American tackled this feat just one month later. Name this American pioneer of the final frontier.
Alan Shepard, Jr.
This President was both the first to die while in office and at 32 days, the shortest-serving American President. Who was this notable first?
William Henry Harrison
This oft-forgotten President was the first President who was neither a lawyer nor a general. Who was this noteworthy outsider?
Hillary Clinton launched a vigorous attempt to become the first female president of the US. However it has been done several times before. Who attempted to break the presidential glass ceiling first?
Tennessee Celeste Claflin
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