How to Memorize the Presidents in Order, X-Men Style

It’s very difficult, at least for me, to memorize the Presidents of the United States in order. I can remember many obscure facts about them, no problem. Calvin Coolidge had a donkey named Ebenezer. Bill Clinton loves crossword puzzles. That’s not so useful. When I tried to look up how other people recommend memorizing the presidents, I usually found the advice to make a mnemonic using the first letters of their names. That would be great except for Tyler and Taylor, Polk and Pierce, Grant and Garfield. and on and on.  Too many start with the same letter.

I’ve come up with a little scene that’s fun to memorize and easy to visualize. Each word begins with the first two letters of each president’s name. It involves the Commanders-in-Chief working together battling a variety of creatures, kind of like a presidential team of X-men. I’d love to find a kid who could make me a cartoon of this. If anyone out there wants to volunteer, send it along with your parents’ or teacher’s okay and I’ll add it to the post.  Just in case you don’t have a complete list of their names, one is given after the scene

Here’s the scene:

Washington advanced, jettisoning maddened monsters.

Adams jackknifed valiantly, halting tyrannosauruses, pounding tall filthy pirate bullies.

Lincoln joined, grabbing harpoons, gathering armor.

Cleveland happily claimed McKinley’s rocket, tackling winged hamsters coolly
hovering.

Roosevelt trapped eighty.

Kennedy jousted nightmarish forklifts.

Catapulting reindeer, Bush cleared buffalo obstructions.

I’m not so happy with the last line. Two Bushes and President Obama’s name are a challenge, but for now the line will stay until I can think of a better one.

List of Presidents:

Washington, George
Adams, John
Jefferson, Thomas
Madison, James
Monroe, James
Adams, John Quincy
Jackson, Andrew
Van Buren, Martin
Harrison, William Henry
Tyler, John
Polk, James
Taylor, Zachary
Fillmore, Millard
Pierce, Franklin
Buchanan, James
Lincoln, Abraham
Johnson, Andrew
Grant, Ulysses
Hayes, Rutherford
Garfield, James
Arthur, Chester
Cleveland, Grover
Harrison, Benjamin
Cleveland, Grover
McKinley, William
Roosevelt, Theodore
Taft, William
Wilson, Woodrow
Harding, Warren
Coolidge, Calvin
Hoover, Herbert
Roosevelt, Franklin
Truman, Harry
Eisenhower, Dwight
Kennedy, John
Johnson, Lyndon
Nixon, Richard
Ford, Gerald
Carter, Jimmy
Reagan, Ronald
Bush, George H.
Clinton, William
Bush, George
Obama, Barack

More posts on the Presidents:

Which President was a good cook? (recipe included)

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/presidents-day-fun-facts-about-the-presidents-1-who-was-a-good-cook/

Which President noticed the White House was about to fall down?

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/presidents-day-fun-facts-about-the-presidents-2-which-president-noticed-the-white-house-was-about-to-fall-down/

Which President got married in the White House and who was the youngest First Lady?

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/fun-facts-about-the-presidents-3-which-president-got-married-in-the-white-house-and-who-was-the-youngest-first-lady-it-wasnt-jackie-kennedy/

Ever thought about who were the smartest presidents? Check out this post: https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/who-were-the-smartest-u-s-presidents/

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