(At Least) One New Fact about Each President (Part 1!)

(Source: Sporcle)

President’s Day is Monday, February 21, 2022 and to celebrate the day, I sought out facts about the presidents that you may not have known of. I am not talking about the same boring facts everybody already quotes like how the Teddy Bear is named after Theodore Roosevelt or that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day on July 4th, 1826, and not even that Ronald Regan starred in a movie with a chimp named Peggy.

No, I am talking about how Andrew Johnson was buried with his head resting on a copy of the Constitution and the middle initial of “S” in Harry S. Truman is not an abbreviation and does not stand for another name (just like the “J” in Michael J. Fox). I got the last two presidential facts from this list and there is more to behold there. You can read it after you read mine.

  1. George Washington 1789-1797
  1. John Adams 1797-1801
  • Adams died at the age of 90. He was once the oldest president (out of office) until Reagan and Ford who died at the age of 93.
  1. Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
  • An avid paleontologist, Thomas Jefferson has a mammoth named after him.
  • He played the violin but thought the music of the New World was “deplorable”.
  1. James Madison 1809-1817
  1. James Monroe 1817-1825
  • Monroe was the last president to never be photographed in his lifetime.
  • James also died on July 4th, but in 1826.
  • Monroe bought Florida for $5 million dollars.
  1. John Quincy Adams 1825-1829
  • John was a first-hand witness to the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution at the age of 10. He watched from a hilltop near Adams’
  • He kept an alligator in the bathtub at the White House.
  • Yes, Johnny Q. A. is the son of President John Adams.
  1. Andrew Jackson 1829-1837
  • Andrew Jackson was a Revolutionary War prisoner of war.
  • When an assassin tried to take him down, Andy beat the shooter with a cane. (Both of the assassin’s guns misfired. Also, Davy Crockett was there.)
  1. Martin Van Buren 1837-1841
  • Martin was the first American born president because he was born after the American Revolution.
  • English was his second language (after Dutch).
  1. William Henry Harrison 1841-1841 (died in office)
  • William’s father, Benjamin Harrison V, signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Willie was the first President to die in office (he only served 30 days!)
  1. John Tyler 1841-1845
  1. James K. Polk 1845-1849
  • During his campaign for president, he pledged that he would only serve one term and he kept that promise.
  1. Zachary Taylor 1849-1850
  • Zachary was nominated by the Whig Party without him even knowing. He didn’t find out for weeks because the Party sent him the notification in the mail without the postage paid and Zachary T. refused to pay the postage fee.
  1. Millard Fillmore 1850-1853
  • When a fire broke out at the Library of Congress in December 1851, Milliard Fillmore helped fight to put out the blaze.
  1. Franklin Pierce 1853-1857
  • He was the first President to put a Christmas tree in the White House.
  1. James Buchanan 1857-1861
  • He was the only president to never be married, James’ niece, Harriet Lane, assumed the position of First Lady.
  • He really wanted Cuba from Spain but that never happened.
  1. Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865
  1. Andrew Johnson 1865-1869
  • Andrew Johnson is the reason why Alaska became an American territory because he bought it from Russia for $7.2 million in gold.
  1. Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877
  • Ulysses isn’t his real name. It’s Hiram. Also, the S. doesn’t stand for anything just like our friend Harry T.
  1. Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881
  • Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to visit the West Coast. It took 71 days. He was also the first to have a telephone and typewriter in the White House and the first president to host the Easter Egg roll.
  1. James A. Garfield 1881-(Died in Office)
  • James is the last of the seven U.S. Presidents to be born in a log cabin.
  • He was ambidextrous and as a party trick, he would write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
  1. Chester A. Arthur 1881-1885
  • Arthur was known as “Elegant Arthur” because he would change clothes for any occasion throughout the day and had over 80 pairs of pants.
  1. Grover Cleveland 1885-1889
  1. Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893
  • He is the grandson of William Henry Harrison.
  • He was the first president to have his voice recorded and have electricity in the White House.

I have to end this here because it will get too long if I put all 46 presidents. However, I will post a follow up tomorrow which you can find HERE.

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