American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them

American Presidents

American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them

GEORGE WASHINGTON
George Washington initially refused to accept his salary while president, but eventually relented. It was $25,000 annually.

JOHN ADAMS
John Adams’ last words were allegedly “Thomas Jefferson survives.” The two presidents were friends, but also rivals. Adams didn’t know that Jefferson had died earlier the same day: Independence Day in 1826.

THOMAS JEFFERSON
Thomas Jefferson believed that soaking your feet in a bucket of cold water would keep you from catching “catarrhs,” also known as the common cold.

JAMES MADISON
James Madison was the shortest president, standing at just 5’4”.

JAMES MONROE
James Monroe has a city in Africa named after him: Monrovia is the capitol of Liberia.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
John Quincy Adams was known to go skinny dipping in the Potomac River. Reports say he preferred to go for a dip in the early morning.

ANDREW JACKSON
Andrew Jackson had a parrot that knew how to swear. One popular story says the parrot started cursing at the president’s funeral.

American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them

MARTIN VAN BUREN
Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born an American citizen. All presidents before him were born British subjects.

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
William Henry Harrison kept a pet billy goat at the White House.

JOHN TYLER
John Tyler had 15 children, more than any other president.

JAMES POLK
When he was 17, James Polk underwent surgery for urinary stones. The only pain killer used: whiskey.

ZACHARY TAYLOR
Zachary Taylor kept his favorite horse on the White House lawns.

MILLARD FILLMORE
Millard Fillmore’s wife Abigail had the first running-water bathtub installed in the White House.

FRANKLIN PIERCE
Franklin Pierce didn’t actually take the oath of office with a Bible. He placed his hand on a law book instead.

JAMES BUCHANAN
James Buchannan was the only president who never married. He remained single his entire life, but some historians argue that he maintained a long relationship with politician William R. King.

American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. He was the part owner of a saloon in Springfield, Illinois, called Berry and Lincoln.

ANDREW JOHNSON
Andrew Johnson was trained as a tailor, and made his own suits even after becoming president.

ULYSSES S. GRANT
Ulysses S. Grant was once given a speeding ticket while riding a horse on a street in Washington D.C. It was for $20.

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
Alexander Graham Bell installed the first White House telephone during Rutherford B. Hayes’ presidency. Its number: One.

JAMES A. GARFIELD
James Garfield was ambidextrous, meaning he could write well with both hands.

CHESTER A. ARTHUR
Chester Arthur was one of the best-dressed presidents, and was said to own 80 pairs of pants.

GROVER CLEVELAND
Grover Cleveland served as an executioner when he was sheriff in Erie County, New York.

BENJAMIN HARRISON
Benjamin Harrison was nicknamed “the human iceberg” due to his cold disposition.

WILLIAM MCKINLEY
William McKinley often wore a red carnation in his lapel. Some accounts say he gave the flower to a little girl moments before he was assassinated.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and first wife, Alice, died on the same day: Valentine’s Day in 1884. “The light has gone out of my life,” he wrote in his journal.

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
William H. Taft once got stuck in his bathtub and had to call staffers to help pull him out.

WOODROW WILSON
Woodrow Wilson’s likeness is on the $100,000 bill, which were largely replaced by wire transfers.

WARREN G. HARDING
Warren Harding enjoyed gambling, and he once allegedly lost an expensive set of White House china in a poker game.

CALVIN COOLIDGE
Calvin Coolidge was nicknamed “silent Cal” because he didn’t talk very much.

HERBERT HOOVER
Herbert Hoover’s family had two pet alligators, which were sometimes allowed in the White House.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Some researchers dispute that Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from polio. Many doctors have speculated that he likely had Guillain-Barre Syndrome: which is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

HARRY S. TRUMAN
Harry S. Truman didn’t actually have a middle name, just a middle initial.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a qualified and licensed pilot.

JOHN F. KENNEDY
John F. Kennedy’s own father said he was “careless” and “lacks application” when writing him a recommendation to Harvard. Kennedy was still admitted.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON
Lyndon B. Johnson’s seat in the Oval Office was a vinyl helicopter seat, since he loved riding in helicopters.

RICHARD M. NIXON
Richard Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states.

GERALD R. FORD
Gerald Ford was once on the cover of “Cosmopolitan” as a model.

JAMES EARL “JIMMY” CARTER, JR.
Jimmy Carter reported seeing a UFO in 1973. He was Georgia’s governor at the time.

RONALD W. REAGAN
Ronald Reagan was the recipient of the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award” from the University of California in 1940.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH
George Bush Sr. inspired a word in Japanese. “Bushusuru” means “to do the Bush thing.” It’s used when someone publicly vomits, as Bush did on the Japanese Prime Minister in 1992.

WILLIAM JEFFERSON “BILL” CLINTON
Bill Clinton once aced a My Little Pony quiz on an NPR show.

GEORGE W. BUSH
George W. Bush was a cheerleader during high school – the head cheerleader, actually. He also played baseball.

BARACK H. OBAMA
Barack Obama collects comic books. His favorites: Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian.

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