Sunday, November 12, 2006

Time for a Guinness Book Rewrite

As of today, Gerald Ford, the former football player and congressman who was elevated to the Oval Office following Richard M. Nixon’s resignation at the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974, becomes the longest-living U.S. president, surpassing the previous record held by Ronald Reagan. Ford has now been alive for 93 years and 121 days, one day longer than Reagan survived and almost three years longer than the man Reagan surpassed, John Adams, who held on for 90 years and 247 days. (A chart of presidential longevity can be found here.)

The shortest-living American president was John F. Kennedy, who was only 46 years and 177 days old when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963.

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