Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Interesting Presidential Facts

  1. George Washington had to borrow money to attend his inauguration.
  2. John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator, which he kept in the East Room of the White House.
  3. John Tyler had 15 children. He was playing marbles with his sons when he found out he was president.
  4. James Garfield could write with both hands at the same time-in two languages (Greek and Latin.
  5. Chester Arthur had 80 pairs of pants.
  6. The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Ruth Cleavland, Grover Cleavland's popular older daughter.
  7. In 1912, after being shot in the chest, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech before accepting medical help. The thick manuscript in his coat pocket slowed the bullet.
  8. William McKinley had a pet parrot that could whistle Yankee Doodle.
  9. George Washington was afraid of being buried alive. He made provisions that, after his death, he should be laid out for three days to make certain he was dead.
  10. Thomas Jefferson served the first french fries in America at his Virginia home, Monticello.
  11. Poker fanatic Warren G. Harding once gambled away a set of White House china.
  12. Franklin Delano Roosevelt started collecting stamps at age 11 and compiled more than 25,000.
  13. David Rice Atchison was president of the United States for exactly one day. President James K. Polk left office at noon on Sunday, March 4, 1849 (Vice President George M. Dallas left office two days earlier),and President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on the Sabbath. Atchison, president pro tem of the Senate, filled the void.
  14. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on July 4- Adams and Jefferson in 1826, Monroe in 1831.
  15. All U.S. presidents have worn glasses; some of them just don't like to be seen wearing them in public.
  16. Theodore Roosevelt's mother and first wife died on the same day in 1884.
  17. Harry Truman's middle name was just S and not short for anything. His parents couldn't decide between two names beginning with S.
  18. Gerald Ford was once a model.
  19. Jimmy Carter is a speed-reader (2,000 words a minute).
  20. Richard Nixon called Don Shula, the coach of the Miami Dolphins, before Super Bowl VI to recommend a play. The play didn't work.