This is a guest post from one of our avid readers, Jeff Bartholomew.
(Thanks, Jeff! You’re a gentleman and a scholar!)
- If Romney/Ryan wins, Paul Ryan will be just nine days short of his 43rd birthday when taking office. While only one president (Teddy Roosevelt) was younger when he became president, six vice-presidents were younger than 43 at the time they assumed office: John C. Breckinridge (36), Richard Nixon (40), Dan Quayle (41), and Teddy Roosevelt, Daniel D. Tompkins, and John C. Calhoun, all 42.
- Ryan is the first major-party nominee for president or vice-president born in the 1970′s. Prior to 2004, no major-party nominee for President or Vice-President had been born after 1948. 2004 saw the first born in the 1950′s (John Edwards) while 2008 saw the first born in the 1960′s (Obama and Palin).
- Ryan is the first major-party nominee (for president or vice-president since Geraldine Ferrarro in 1984) who was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives at the time they ran for national office.
- He would be the first vice-president or president from Wisconsin.
- And he would be only the third Roman Catholic to serve as president or vice-president (after JFK and Joe Biden).
- As far as alliteration (Romney/Ryan), there have been two equally alliterative major party tickets: 1952 saw the Democratic ticket of Adlai Stevenson and Alabama Senator John Sparkman (lost), while 1856 saw the winning Democratic ticket of James Buchanan and Kentucky Senator (and later Confederate general and Secretary of War) John C. Breckenridge.