The 42 men who've been president of the United States share many characteristics besides membership in one of the world's most exclusive clubs. That means, looking at them as a group, we can extract an "average president." The data can't predict who'll win the election, but they can tell us how the current candidates stack up against those who've come before.
FOR THE RECORD:
Presidents: The answer to question 4 in the "Common Man" quiz in the Oct. 19 Sunday Opinion said that if Barack Obama
were elected, he could be the first president with a living grandparent. John Kennedy's grandmother, Mary Hannon Fitzgerald, was in her late 90s during Kennedy's presidency, and she outlived the president, dying in August 1964. —
1. What's the average age at which a president is first inaugurated?
2. How tall is the average president?
5 feet 8
5 feet 10
6 feet 2
3. On average, how many children does a president have?
4. How many presidents have been orphans when they took office?
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