Fun Facts: U.S. Presidents
February 19, 2018
Happy Presidents’ Day! How many of these facts did you know about the former presidents of the United States? Let us know!
- George Washington is the only president to be elected unanimously.
- John Quincy Adams wore the same hat for 10 years.
- Martin Van Buren was the first president born as a U.S. citizen.
- James Polk’s wife, Sarah Childress, banned dancing in the White House.
- Abraham Lincoln was the first president born outside of the original 13 colonies.
- Ulysses S. Grant was once fined $20 for speeding on his horse.
- James Garfield entertained friends by writing Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
- Gerald Ford was an assistant football coach at Yale, played football at the University of Michigan, and turned down offers to play for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
- William Henry Harrison was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. He promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term, the shortest in U.S. history.
- John Tyler fathered 15 children (more than any other president; 8 by his first wife and 7 by his second wife. Tyler was 70 years old when his 15th child was born.)
- Often depicted wearing a tall, black, stovepipe hat, Abraham Lincoln carried letters, bills, and notes in his hat.
- The teddy bear derived from Theodore (“Teddy”) Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a bear with her cub while on a hunting trip in Mississippi.
- The letter “S” comprises the full middle name of Harry S. Truman. It represents two of his grandfathers, whose names both had “S” in them.
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