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Voting for ‘My Favorite President’ at Polk County History Museum

Published 3:09pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Election results from the 310 ballots were as follows:

1. Ronald Reagan

2. Franklin Roosevelt

3. Abraham Lincoln

4. George Washington

5. John F. Kennedy

6. George W. Bush

7. Thomas Jefferson (Tie)

7. Harry Truman (Tie)

8. Bill Clinton

9. Dwight Eisenhower

10. Teddy Roosevelt (Tie)

10. Jimmy Carter (Tie)

11. Andrew Jackson

12. Richard Nixon (Tie)

12. James K. Polk (Tie)

12. John Adams (Tie)

There were no reported hanging chads or voting machine malfunctions reported. One person said they were voting for Johnson because the voter was a cousin of Lady Bird Johnson. Interestingly enough, the only president who made an official visit to Polk County, George H. W. Bush, scored low on votes. Senior Bush visited a home in Red Fox as vice-president under Reagan for a fundraising event. Calvin Coolidge also scored low; his wife Grace Coolidge was a frequent visitor to Polk County after her husbands’ death.

The Polk County History Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 pm. Admission is free.

– article submitted by James Metcalf

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