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(Small) body of presidential knowledge

By Nita Lelyveld

Arden Hayes is 5. He loves Legos and running so fast across the living room to flip onto the couch that his feet end up pointing at the ceiling.

He also loves the presidents — especially 11 and 33.

Arden knows all 44 U.S. presidents. In order. Ask him who was 29 and right away he’ll say Warren G. Harding.

As for 11 (James K. Polk) and 33 (Harry S. Truman), they’re his favorites, he says, because “they’re dark-horse candidates.”

Also, Polk got us California, which happens to be Arden’s home.

It all started with the calendar on his bedroom wall.

Arden’s mom (who’s great at digging up facts) has written names of famous people’s birthdays in nearly every square.

Arden was born Jan. 30, as was Franklin Delano Roosevelt — 126 years before him.

He was so excited when he found out who shared his birthday that he wanted to know more immediately.

But why stop at one president when there are 43 more?

Read: This presidential database loves running and Legos


  1. November 8, 2014, 7:46 am

    Fantastic!! I hope he is not spoiled by commercialization.Kudos to his mother et al.

  2. June 7, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Please bring me up todate on Arden's latest activity. Have not heard about him in 32 weeks. I hope he is doing his genius thing!


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