Last year at this time (and the year before), In honor of President’s Day, we wrote a blog post about how many presidents were early adopters of technology. You can read the post here and here. Part 3 adds to list of presidents who made technological firsts:
1833 – Andrew Jackson introduced running water to the White House. Running using a large pump that piped water to the east terrace bathroom.
January 29, 1843 – William McKinley is credited as the first president to ride in a car. The 25th president took a drive in a Stanley Steamer, a steam-engine-powered automobile.
1881 – Chester A. Arthur was in office when an elevator was installed at the White House. However, James A. Garfield had asked for the elevator to be installed, but it was postponed due to his illness.
1920's – Warren G. Harding introduced technology such as the electric refrigerator and the first radio to the White House.
1978 – Jimmy Carter started the White House’s transition from typewriters and written documents to computers. Carter installed a Hewlett Packard 3000 in the West Wing in 1978. Terminals were connected in the offices of senior and mid-level staff.
1992 – George H.W. Bush was the first president to use email.
present – Barack Obama was the first president to use social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for being the first president with a smartphone.
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