“We, the Crazy Presidents of the United States…”: Fun Facts about Presidents

Today is President’s Day, and I want to reveal the funny facts and rumors about some of our nation’s most interesting leading men. So, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite obscure tidbits. Read, and Enjoy!

  1. Ulysses S. Grant was pulled over in D.C. for speeding on a horse. His fine was $20.00 and he had to walk back to the White House.
  2. President Harry S Truman had a shot of bourbon every morning.
  3. Coolidge would press all the call buttons in the Oval Office, hide, and his staff run in.
  4. JFK was a huge James Bond fan. He met the author in 1960 and they talked about how to get rid of Fidel Castro.
  5. In China the most well-known “American names” are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon.
  6. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt got his nickname because he refused to shoot a bear cub.
  7. Madison and Jefferson were arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday.
  8. Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln because he was born in a log cabin.
  9. Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman.
  10. Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.
  11. Obama’s high school nickname was “Barry O’Bomber,” which he earned due to his awesome jump shot.
  12. The “S” in Truman’s full name doesn’t stand for anything.
  13. Warren G. Harding once lost all the White House china gambling… on one hand of cards.
  14. George Bush was the captain of the baseball team at Yale University.
  15. Franklin Roosevelt’s mom clothed him in dresses until he was five.
  16. During his presidency, John Quincy Adams enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac River in the early mornings.
  17. James Buchanan regularly bought slaves in Washington, D.C. and quietly freed them in Pennsylvania.
  18. Ulysses S. Grant smoked at least 20 cigars a day. He died of throat cancer in 1885.
  19. Martin Van Buren was the first to be a United States citizen. All previous presidents were born British subjects.
  20. Garfield was ambidextrous and he could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time.
  21. Harrison was the first president to have electricity in the White House. He feared getting electrocuted and wouldn’t touch the light switches.
  22. Andrew Jackson was the only president to ever kill a man in a duel.
  23. The term “O.K.” comes from President Martin Van Buren who was known as “Old Kinderhook” because he was raised in Kinderhook, New York. “O.K.” clubs were created to support Van Buren’s campaigns.
  24. Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO.
  25. Thomas Jefferson was convinced that if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day he’d never get a cold.
  26. Bowling lanes were first built in the ground floor of the West Wing as a birthday gift for Truman in 1947.
  27. Ronald Reagan (who was an actor before his presidency) was once turned down for a role in the Broadway play “The Best Man” because the playwright didn’t think he could play a credible president.
  28. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams traveled to Shakespeare’s birthplace and stabbed one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs.
  29. Six presidents were named James: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter.

Comment below with your favorite fact… Happy President’s Day!

GW BH

 

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