US election 2020: Historical firsts in the presidential election

From four consecutive two-term presidencies to a historic quartet due to age gaps, the US election 2020 has seen a lot of firsts with moments to go for the final winner of the battle between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden to be announced.

Let's take a look:

Four consecutive two-term presidencies

Republican candidate Donald Trump is a norm-busting president. He was at that point the first chosen with no earlier government or military assistance and the most established approaching head of state ever chosen for the workplace. (Trump was 70 years and 220 days old on Inauguration Day 2017 while Ronald Reagan, the past record holder, was 69 years and 349 days old on Inauguration Day 1981). 

Furthermore, presently, on the off chance that he is reappointed, Trump would fill in as the tidy up hitter in a base clearing function at no other time found throughout the entire existence of American superiority: four continuous two-term administrations. Truth is stranger than fiction. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe had a hot thing going with two terms each until John Quincy Adams struck out on catching a subsequent term. This time, Trump could show Adams how things complete. 

However, past those achievements, how is it possible that Trump would add his notorious coiffed picture to a couple of more pages in the set of experiences books?

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Presidential streak unlike any other

Stop me in the event that you've heard this one preceding: Trump is a standard busting president. 

He was at that point the first chosen with no earlier government or military assistance and the most established approaching head of state ever chosen for the workplace. (Trump was 70 years and 220 days old on Inauguration Day 2017 while Ronald Reagan, the past record holder, was 69 years and 349 days old on Inauguration Day 1981). 

Furthermore, presently, on the off chance that he is reappointed, Trump would fill in as the tidy up hitter in a base clearing function at no other time found throughout the entire existence of American superiority: four continuous two-term administrations. Truth is stranger than fiction. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe had a hot thing going with two terms each until John Quincy Adams struck out on catching a subsequent term. This time, Trump could show Adams how things complete. 

However, past those achievements, how is it possible that Trump would add his notorious coiffed picture to a couple of more pages in the set of experiences books?

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Back-to-back one-termers

Trump could still make history by losing. If Trump loses and Biden doesn't seek reelection in 2024, the US would see the first elected, back-to-back one-term presidencies since Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland in 1889-1897. Of course, this comes with a minor caveat. Cleveland -- the only president to have served two non-consecutive terms -- lost reelection to Harrison in 1888, only to rise like a phoenix and return to the White House in 1892. Could Trump use history as a guide and pull a Cleveland in 2024?

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Biden's age makes a historic quartet

The historic milestones of a potential Biden victory, are, unsurprisingly, mostly related to his age.

Biden, who began his national political career as the sixth youngest US senator in history when he was sworn in at 30 years, one month and 14 days old, could become the oldest president elected and the oldest to serve at the age of 78 years and two months on Inauguration Day (Reagan was 77 years, 11 months and 14 days old on his last day in office).

Biden's age would also make him the first member of the Silent Generation -- loosely defined by those born between 1928 and 1945 -- to assume the office, and the president with the longest career in politics, dating back 50 years to his election to Delaware's New Castle County Council.

But in what is likely his last and final run for president, Biden could be more than a generational magic man.

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Vice presidential age gap

Even though Biden could be the oldest president in history, the largest age gap between a president and vice president would still be held by James Buchanan and John Breckinridge with 29 years, eight months and 24 days separating the two. (Biden was born 21 years and 11 months before Harris.)

The largest modern-day gap is between President George H.W. Bush and his Vice President Dan Quayle, who was 22 years, seven months and 23 days younger. Among losing candidates, John McCain, who was the 2008 Republican nominee, and his VP pick Sarah Palin, hold the record with 27 years, five months and 13 days between the two.

To add historical insult to ageist injury, Biden won't even snag the number one spot on the list of the oldest tickets in combined age. The Biden-Harris ticket falls one measly year short (133 to 134) of the winning 1948 Truman-Barkley ticket and the losing 1996 Dole-Kemp duo.

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Not since Nixon: A vice presidential gap term

Biden could be the 15th veep to ultimately get the top job, and one of only six to ascend by election rather than the resignation, natural death or assassination of a sitting president.

If Biden wins, he would also join an elite company of two with Richard Nixon -- the only other vice president who didn't immediately go from the supporting role to being elected president (Nixon, who served as Dwight Eisenhower's VP for eight years from 1953 to 1961, lost to John. F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential elections, only to come roaring back in 1968. Biden, of course, will have skipped one term between his vice presidency and presidency if he wins in 2020.)

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The First State's first (constitutional) president

Biden could also become the second Pennsylvanian by birth (after James Buchanan) and the first Delawarean -- either by birth or residence -- to serve as president. But he wouldn't be the first Delawarean to be called "Mr. President" in American history.

That great honor belongs to Thomas McKean -- a founding father who, like Biden, was born in Pennsylvania before moving to Delaware. McKean served as the President of Congress (before the Constitution was ratified) for a tenure only 82 days.

To be sure, this all might sound a bit like watching baseball in October when it seems as though every pitch, hit, run and game, no matter how inconsequential, finds itself a place in the history of America's pastime. "Wow, that was the first left-hander ever to hit a single with one out in the bottom of the second on a Wednesday night in October. What a time to be alive!"

Nevertheless, whether it's Donald Trump or Joseph Biden, we're a whole 244 years into this American experiment and we remain a history-making machine.

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