Two Presidents Are Born on The Same Day

There have been five sets of presidents that have been born in the same year, but only two presidents that have been born on the same date (November 2): James Polk (1795) and Warren Harding (1865). Despite sharing the same birthday, the two have little else in common. Actually, in a lot of ways they can be seen as polar opposites.

President Polk was a workaholic and slaved over making sure his four main focal points of his presidency were achieved 1) lowering the tariff 2) implementing a constitutional treasury 3) acquiring Oregon 4) acquiring California. Each of which, except for acquiring California, was achieved within his first three months of presidency. On the other hand, President Harding was a gambler and drinker, and there were numerous scandals and corrupt activities that occurred while he was in office, including the Teapot Dome scandal.

Surprisingly, despite each president’s efforts, Polk was very unpopular during his presidency, while Harding was very popular.

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.