All of American history fits in the life span of only three presidents

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Which presidents were alive during another’s lifetime? There have been weird moments of synchronicity in the lives of our presidents, such as the fact that there is a photograph of a 6-year-old Teddy Roosevelt watching Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York in 1865. But generally speaking, we forget that familiar time spans intersect in weird ways, such as how Betty White and Alexander Graham Bell were alive at the same time (albeit for only a few months in 1922).

[W]e’re just four presidential lives away from the Founding Fathers. John Adams — or Thomas Jefferson, if you want to talk about an author of the Declaration of Independence — was alive at the same time as Andrew Johnson. Johnson was alive at the same time as Herbert Hoover. Hoover was still alive when Trump was born.




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