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Carnival of Personal Finance #214: United States Presidents Edition

Welcome to the 214th Carnival of Personal Finance! Each week the carnival travels around the blogosphere, rounding up the best personal finance posts. This week’s theme is POTUS – the Presidents of the United States!

Now I’m not the biggest history nerd you’ll ever meet, but I do have a soft-spot for things that are presidential (just ask my brain’s vast knowledge of every single episode of The West Wing). To get yourself into the mood of this carnival, go ahead and listen to Jonathan Coulton’s song “The Presidents” (some slight language, lyrics can be found here) and then dive right in!

Watch out for my picks for Editor’s Choice, which can be found in bold!

George Washington, 1789-1797

George Washington, 1789-1797

Washington could not tell a lie, and Simon has a list of 8 Things That Do Not Affect Your Credit Score. (Sure, those don’t line up perfectly… but I didn’t want to get your hopes up that any of these were going to!)

John Adams, 1797-1801

John Adams, 1797-1801

The first president to go to college in the United States! (Harvard, class of 1755.) Studenomist is also a fan of college: he shows his love and the financial benefits of education in I Love College – 4 Financial Benefits of Being a College Student.

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

TJ (as I like to call him) bought a big chunk of land with the Louisiana Purchase. Maybe he should have put that bad boy on a credit card and wracked up some rewards points! (What reward would you get with all those points – California?) Maybe Jim Wang can tell us, as he explores the 8 Reasons Credit Cards Beat Debit Cards.

James Madison, 1809-1817

James Madison, 1809-1817

If you’re a fan of how James Madison kicked the Brits out of the US in the War of 1812, you’ll love how Chris is kicking debt in How to Pay Off Debt: 3 Methods Examined.

James Monroe, 1817-1825James Monroe, 1817-1825

The Monroe Doctrine pretty much told Europe to keep their paws off of America. You can tell financial institutions to keep their paws off your money if you take some tips from Matthew Paulson in Fighting Increased Fees in Your Finances.

John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

It’s hard enough trying to fill the Presidential shoes of your father, but it’s especially hard when your father was known as an all-around frugal guy who had his act together. If he didn’t quite learn it from dear old Dad, maybe RC can help John Q. out with Basic Money Management – Creating and Living on a Budget.

Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837

AJ had a real problem with banks, especially banks with power. Miss M doesn’t have a problem with Smarty Pig, exactly, but she wants you to know what you’re getting into – Smarty Pig: Great Rates with a Catch.

Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841

What is a Spending Plan? It’s what Van Buren didn’t have to get him out of the Panic of 1837, and it’s what cost him the reelection.

William Henry Harrison, 1841William Henry Harrison, 1841

John and Kate Plus 8 have nothing on this guy – he had 10 children survive to adulthood!  Jeff Rose brings us Divorce and Financial Planning with John and Kate.

John Tyler, 1841-1845John Tyler, 1841-1845

Tyler got Texas, but not a second term. What are you missing? The Weakonomist can tell you about the Four Features Missing From Your Retirement Accounts.

James Knox Polk, 1845-1849James Knox Polk, 1845-1849

Polk was responsible for the second-largest expansion of the nation’s territory. Before you go and start trying to expand your territory, take some tips from FMF about The Cost of a New Home.

Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850

Hey Taylor, you were born in Virginia! What do you think about this new program where Virginia Offers Small Loans to State Employees that Sun told me about?

Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853

Fillmore had a bit of a knack for dying parties. He served on the New York State Assembly on the Anti-Masonic ticket, and later he was the last Whig President. It just shows that you can’t always count on your political party to be there as you get older. Michael B. Rubin has Five Reasons Not to Count on An Inheritance in Your Retirement Plan, as well. Well, what can you count on these days?

Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857

Poor guy often finds a place on lists of America’s Worst Presidents. Hey, at least he didn’t steal a cart full of stuff from Wal-Mart, or rip off a bunch of people in my city like the people in this article by Jeremy Simon: Scammers speak about identity theft.

James Buchanan, 1857-1861James Buchanan, 1857-1861

He thought secession from the union was illegal, but he also thought going to war to stop states from seceding was illegal. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do things the way you see fit, I guess. Brad Chaffee explains that well in Baby Emergency Fund – Do It Your Way!

Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865

We can thank Lincoln for a lot of things, including income taxes! Yes, the nation’s first income tax was levied on his watch, in 1862. Well, you win some, you lose some (and then you take in a play). Since we’ve still got to deal with income taxes, Kevin can show you How to Prepare Your Finances for Higher Taxes.

Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869

You get what you pay for, America! Andrew Johnson barely survived impeachment, a lesson for the future that we (sort of) learned. Protect yourself from bad products and services by remembering Why the Lowest Price is For Losers, by MoneyNing.

Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877

General Grant was a war hero in the Civil War, but he sort of jumped the shark as President Grant. What do you do When Personal Finance Jumps the Shark? Modern Gal can help you out there!

Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881

Hayes ended US Reconstruction – you can prevent trouble like that by knowing what you’re getting into when you go to refinance your house. In fact, you can really avoid trouble if you learn before you even buy a house! Take it from Dave: Refinancing: What You Need to Know (Even Before You Own)

James Abram Garfield, 1881James Abram Garfield, 1881

This guy lived for two months after being shot in an assassination attempt. What would you do if you were injured, but not killed? Would you have enough insurance to cover everything? Henry Stern gives an intro to critical insurance in Critically Speaking.

Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885

Is it sad that the reason I know he’s the 21st President is because of the movie Die Hard 3? Oh well! Hey, you know who is bad-ass like John McClane? Warren Buffet. Alexg shows us a video where Warren Buffet Gives Advice To Girl Scouts (while eating a Blizzard).

Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889

The railroad companies, with their shady practices and tricky math, were not big fans of Grover Cleveland. Darwin can help you avoid any tricky math with Median vs. Mean: Know the Difference or Risk Being Manipulated.

Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893

It just wasn’t meant to be with Benjamin Harrison – one term and then the country elected Grover Cleveland again. It’s the same thing for J. Money: he ditched his savings bonds and put the money in his trusty Roth IRA. Read about it at Bye Bye Bonds, Hello Roth IRAs.

Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897

For Grover Cleveland’s second term, we’ll throw in a repeater for another president. This should go under Obama, but I’ve got more than one thing for our current Commander-in-Chief. Let Andy tell you the basics about Obama’s 2009 Robin Hood Health Care Reform Plan.

William McKinley, 1897-1901William McKinley, 1897-1901

McKinley signed the Gold Standard Act in 1900, ending the practice of exchanging silver for gold in US currency. How far we’ve come! James has been living entirely without cash for over a year now, and he’ll show you how to do it in his video, the Do’s and Don’ts of Living Without Cash.

Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909

Teddy was a hunter, but he was also known for having a great respect for those in the animal kingdom. I have to wonder if he would have shot some of the animals that vh describes in Other People’s Pets!

William Howard Taft, 1909-1913William Howard Taft, 1909-1913

Taft converted from President to Chief Justice of the United States. On a barely-related note, LGBT couples who have one partner stay home with a child might consider doing a Roth conversation when income is low. Helen explains in No aversion to conversion: IRA to Roth.

Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921

The only President to hold a PhD, Wilson was a rather smart fellow. I think he would have appreciated the in-depth review Chance gives in his CommonCents 2.0 Review.

Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923

Harding was all about this idea of “a return to normalcy.” For most people, normalcy probably isn’t such a great idea – like these tips from Ray on How to Ensure You Can (Not) Retire.

Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929

Coolidge was a champion of the middle class. Middle class couples can take a lesson from Mr. Credit Card on Leveraging Reward Credit Cards As A Couple.

Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933

Poor Hoover! He’s mostly known for not fixing the Great Depression. You could give your spare change to him, but he no longer needs it. Instead, check out these 7 Things to Do With Your Spare Change by Matt B.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945

FDR’s New Deal was designed to lower unemployment by getting the American people working on public service projects. You can start creating you own New Deal with Mr. NtJS in FPU Week 11: Working in your Strengths.

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953

Truman took over after the death of one of America’s most beloved President’s. History thinks he handled it pretty well, and he’s often regarded as one of America’s best presidents. Would someone be able to take over for you if you died? Learn from how Money Blogger keeps a binder of information for his wife, in case she ever has to take over, in Preparing Your Financial Information for the Inevitable.

Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961

We Like Ike! Would you be ready if your nation called upon you the way it happened to Eisenhower? Paul @ FiscalGeek might be able to help, if you can conquer his 10 Interview Questions You Better Be Ready to Answer.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963

Kennedy had some pretty big goals, what with that whole “man on the moon” thing. But D4L warns that you should Never Confuse Desires With Goals!

Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969

Johnson had it rough after Kennedy’s death, especially with the war in Vietnam. Keep things simple with PT Money and his 5 Take-a-ways of Personal Finance.

Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974

Nixon had a pretty good answer to the question Why Retire Early, but thankfully most of us don’t have to step down from our jobs like that. Marie examines her reasons for wanting (or not wanting!) early retirement.

Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977

Ford pardoned Nixon – what a nice guy! Matt Jabs issued a Twitter-based pardon to Suze Orman after an interesting conversation with her in Pay off Credit Cards VS Build Emergency Fund Savings – Me VS Suze Orman.

James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981

Jimmy Carter, when he wasn’t being chased by evil rabbits (seriously), spent a little time establishing the Department of Education. I think he would like this piece, The College Student’s Guide to Credit Cards by DR.

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989

Hey, isn’t this the guy that took the solar panels off the top of the White House? What’s up with that? Oh well. At least Kyle’s got some healthy Money Saving Meals for us, so that we can mourn the loss of the White House solar panels with some comfort food!

George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993

Why does George Bush Senior get the Personal Finance Mad Lib by Debt Ninja? Because I was two years old when he took office, so I don’t know a darn thing about his presidency. So fill in the blanks!

William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001

Is it uncouth of me to pair up Bill Clinton with the post Sex and the Wallet by Dr. Faith? Maybe, but who else am I going to put it with? Explore the costs of sex in this post – maybe she should have included the cost of cigars and blue dresses?

George Walker Bush, 2001-2009George Walker Bush, 2001-2009

I don’t want to get into political commentary here (it’s not too late for that, right?), but which President do you think of when we talk about fixing the mistakes of a parent? Anyway, Single Guy is wondering Do You Fix Your Parent’s Financial Problems?

Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-

The first president to Tweet! You can debate whether or not his tweeting and other tech-savvy skills helped him win the election, or you can just Use Twitter to Find a Job yourself, with a little help from MLR!

I make no claims as to the veracity of any of the statements about the Presidents in this carnival. Please do not quote me as a source of anything, as I am neither a historian, nor particularly concerned with anything other than presenting good personal finance articles and being funny. Images are official portraits that are in the public domain.

Be sure to check it out next week on Monday, July 27, 2009 when the carnival will be hosted at Good Financial Cents! Get information about submitting to or hosting the carnival at the Carnival of Personal Finance homepage.

54 responses to “Carnival of Personal Finance #214: United States Presidents Edition”

  1. Carnivals and Links: 7/20/09 | Realm of Prosperity

    […] and I hope you enjoy the posts!Today, Stephanie at PoorThanYou did a superb job hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance #214: United States Presidents Edition, in which my post on 8 Things That Do Not Affect Your Credit Score received a […]

  2. Ray

    WOW! Excellent Job! Probably the best carnival I have seen!

  3. hgstern

    What a cool idea – and absolutely great execution of it!

    Thanks for hosting, and for including our post.

  4. Alexg

    Creative!!! very good job. Thanks for hosting.I’m going to assume you found all the photos from one site? That JFK is not a very good one IMO.

  5. Matt Jabs


    I cannot hardly believe the amount of work you put into this weeks carnival… absolutely fantastic!

    Thanks for including my Suze Orman tweet debate!

  6. Eric

    It looks like you obviously put a lot of time and effort into this. Great job Stephanie.

  7. Single Guy Money

    Oh great, I get to be put with “W”. LOL, anyway, thanks for including my post in the roundup.

  8. Michael B Rubin

    Awesome job (and this coming from the guy who was paired with Millard Fillmore!) Nicely done!

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  10. Jeff Rose

    Great job on the carnival. I will go ahead and say now that your hosting far surpasses what I can even hope to accomplish next week. Superb!

  11. bullieeoo

    First of all I would like to thank you for the great article! A very helpful post here. Two things work hand-in-hand. High quality original content and getting back links to your site.

    Thanks and Regard.

  12. Mr Credit Card

    Holy smokes! what a carnival. Really honored to have my post here. Thanks

  13. Studenomist

    Wow what a detailed list! Looks like you put a lot of effort into this and I hope everyone else enjoys it. Thanks for the mention at the top!

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  15. Chance

    Wonderful job hosting the carnival! One of the funnest themes I’ve seen. Thanks for the inclusion and the kind compliment to the review.

  16. Moneymonk

    Good job, it shows that you worked diligently on this carnival!

    Great Job

  17. Johnbro

    I like NIXON article

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  19. Paul @ FiscalGeek

    Wow to say that this is impressive is a drastic understatement. I’m happy to be associated with Eisenhower. Very nice work Stephanie.

  20. J. Money

    Wowwww, I’m with the rest here – EXCELLENT job hosting this!! man, I am seriously impressed. Great start to a wonderful week 🙂

  21. Brad @ enemyofdebt

    Very nice job! Thanks for choosing my article to be included!

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  23. Dr. Faith

    Haha.. I LOVE the theme! Great work on organizing this, it obviously took a lot of work. And I was hoping I’d get paired with Clinton as I scrolled down. FANTASTIC! 😉

  24. Andy

    Great job! Having hosted one of these carnivals my self I realize the effort it must have taken you (just getting the pictures/text to position would have taken time).

    I’ll be sure to spread the word and great to discover your blog.

  25. Helen

    OMG — what a great job!

    If I had known about the Presidential theme, I might have suggested Buchanan (#15), since my article was, in part, about LGBT issues.

    According to his Wikipedia entry: The only President never to marry, Buchanan turned to Harriet Lane, an orphaned niece whom he had earlier adopted, to act as his First Lady. For 15 years in Washington, D.C., prior to his presidency, Buchanan lived with his close friend, Alabama Senator William Rufus King. Buchanan and King’s close relationship prompted Andrew Jackson to refer to King as “Miss Nancy” and “Aunt Fancy.”

    I’ve been looking forward to the day when America could vote a gay person into its highest office, but it seems we might already have done so.

  26. Funny about Money

    Who would’ve thought all our presidents were such handsome fellas? What a clever idea–interesting and fun.

    Thanks for hosting, and thanks for including Funny’s rant about other people’s critters!

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  28. Jeremy

    I agree with all the previous positive feedback — great job on the carnival!

    Franklin Pierce and I both thank you!

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  31. Roger

    Fantastic, simply wonderful carnival, Stephanie. It’s really and truly impressive, and definitely sets a high bar for what a personal finance carnival (or any carnival, really) should be. The only risk is that everyone gets so involved in reading about the presidents that they don’t ever get around to clicking on the blog entries!

  32. Darwin

    Wow what a great carnival and awesome entries! Nice job. And thanks for including my post.

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  34. Money Blogger

    Well done! And many thanks for including me.

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    Great job with the carnival! Thanks for including my post.

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  38. Linda

    Fantastic! I love how you tied together funny views of the presidents with very important information!

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  52. Stone

    Thanks for the great post. You definitely did a great job of giving a brief synopsis of each president. Got to marvel at the way things have changed over the ages. It’s still strange to see the face of a black president. Times do indeed change.

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