17 Fun Facts About U.S. Presidents
January 16, 2014 admin 2 Comments
U.S. presidents come from all walks of life. Their stories are inspirational, educational, and funny too.
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17 Fun Facts about U.S. Presidents
- The infamous cherry tree wasn’t the only tie George Washington had to fruit. He was known for making Apple brandy at his distillery in Mount Vernon.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were said to be friends and rivals. Both presidents died on July 4, 1826. John Adams last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives.” The third president actually died four hours earlier.
- President Andrew Jackson may have been a hopeless romantic. To honor his wife, he fought in many duels. It is believed that he even got into a bar fight.
- Abraham Lincoln was one of the tallest presidents. Both he and Lyndon Johnson were reportedly 6’ 4”.
- The 21st president cannot be found on any printed currency, but if he were alive today, he would likely be at a Men’s Warehouse. Rumors say Chester A. Arthur loved fine apparel and owned 80 pairs of pants.
- Leroy Brown would need to watch out if he were in Grover Cleveland’s town. The 24th president went by the nickname “Buffalo Hangman”.
- The loveable person of Teddy Roosevelt can still be experienced in the love of a child’s play toy. Teddy bears are said to be named after a news-worthy experience President Roosevelt had: on a hunting trip, he saw a bear cub but could not shoot it. This story inspired a toy manufacturer to make loveable stuffed bears.
- In recent years, presidential golf outings have been publicly scrutinized. Back in the early 1900s, when Woodrow Wilson was in office, it was seen as a sign of perseverance. He would paint his golf balls black so he could play in the snow.
- In 1945, the year Franklin Delano Roosevelt died, Congress voted to put his portrait on the dime because of his work to establish The March of Dimes.
- A president who may have loved golf more than Woodrow Wilson was Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is said that he played over 800 rounds of golf while he was in office.
- John F. Kennedy was a fan of James Bond movies, which may explain his attraction to salacious women like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Inga Arvad.
- Southern Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson became president after the assassination of JFK. He wasn’t the first Johnson to step into office post tragedy. Andrew Johnson succeeded president Lincoln.
- Richard Nixon was the first president to visit China. His name is still well known there (along with Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ).
- Jimmy Carter, born in 1924, was the first president born in a hospital.
- University of California granted the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award” to Ronald Reagan. With this title, he was asked to pose for an art class who would sculpt him as he posed nearly nude.
- Bill Clinton is known for being a sharp man. He can recall facts and figures well. In fact, when a NPR radio quizzed him on My Little Pony trivia, he answered most of the questions correctly.
- George W. Bush waved more than an American flag. Rumors have circulated about him being the captain of his high school cheerleading squad.
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