Surprising facts about all the US Presidents
Surprising facts about all the US Presidents
Updated on July 22, 2022 15:13 PM by Anthony Christian
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In some ways, all 46 US presidents are the same. So far, each of them is a man with full charisma and ambition, with a definite knack for networking and self-promotion.
At the same, all of them have their uniqueness. Read this blog for some of the amazing facts about them all.
George Washington: 1789 to 1797 – He was the first US President and a revolutionary war hero. Bush was an enthusiastic dog breeder, especially of hunting hounds, giving them names such as 'Drunkard' and 'Sweet Lips.'
John Adams: 1797 to 1801 – Adams and Abigail, who was her wife, wrote more than 1100 letters to one another during their long relationship.
Thomas Jefferson: 1801 to 1809 – Jefferson was the major brain behind the Declaration of Independence and passed away on July 4, 1826, just a few hours after his frenemy John Adams.
James Madison: 1809 to 1817 – Madison, with 5'4", was the shortest president and was hardly more than 100 pounds. James Monroe: 1817 to 1825 – Apart from Washington, Monroe was the only president who ran the election unopposed, coasting to run in the 1820 re-election.
John Quincy Adams: 1825 to 1829 – Years after Quincy left the White House, he fought a famous case in the Supreme Court, which freed the captive Africans involved in the Amistad Slave ship.
Andrew Jackson: 1829 to 1837 – Jackson killed a man during a pistol duel. Martin Van Buren: 1837 to 1841 – Van Buren was the first US President who was born an American.
All the earlier presidents were originally British subjects who were born before 1776. William Henry Harrison: 1841 – Harrison's presidential tenure was only 32 days, the shortest stint of any US president.
John Tyler: 1841 to 1845 – Tyler was the father of 15 children. The maximum number of children of any US president. James K. Polk: 1845 to 1849 – While serving as president, Polk secretly bought several enslaved children to work on his Mississippi cotton plantation.
Zachary Taylor: 1849 to 1850 – ‘Old Rough and Ready’ never voted in an election before he was on the ballot paper.
Millard Fillmore: 1850 to 1853 – Millard was the last Whig US present. The party collapsed as soon as he left the presidential office. Franklin Pierce: 1853 to 1857 – Pierce was the only president from New Hampshire and went to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in New England.
James Buchanan: 1857 to 1861 – In 1853, Buchanan served as a minister to Great Britain. He was an invasion by Cuba.
Abraham Lincoln: 1861 to 1865 – 'Honest Abe,' with 6'4" Lincoln was the tallest US president. He might have had Marfan Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder causing people to be long-limbed, thin, and tall. Andrew Johnson: 1865 to 1869 – Andrew was one of the few presidents who didn't have a pet but cared for a White House mice's family.
He called them 'the little fellows.' Ulysses S. Grant: 1869 to 1877 – Civil War General Ulysses was invited on the fateful evening of 14 April 1865 to Ford's Theatre, but he didn't go as he and his wife had plans to meet their children.
Rutherford B. Hayes: 1877 to 1881 – Hayes was the first US president to have a telephone connection in the White House. James A. Garfield: 1881 – Garfield was the first known left-handed US president.
He was elected to the US Senate, yet he never served as an Ohio as he won the Republican nomination for US president. Chester A. Arthur: 1881 to 1885 – Arthur was named after the doctor who delivered him, Chester Abell.
Grover Cleveland: 1885 to 1889, 1893 to 1897 – Cleveland is the only president to serve non-consecutive terms. Benjamin Harrison: 1889 to 1893 – Harrison was the first US president who hired a female staff in the White House.
William McKinley: 1897 to 1901 – McKinley's likeness appeared on the $500 bill discontinued in 1969.
Theodore Roosevelt: 1901 to 1909 – Roosevelt took office at 42, becoming the youngest US president.
William Howard Taft: 1909 to 1913 – Taft was well known for his corpulence. He became the first president who hurled the ceremonial first pitch at the popular Major League Baseball game.
Woodrow Wilson: 1913 to 1921 – During a 1914 proclamation, Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Warren G. Harding: 1921 to 1923 – Before Harding took the present office, he wrote shocking love letters to his mistress. She was one of Harding's best friend's wives.
Calvin Coolidge: 1923 to 1929 – Coolidge was a quiet man who purposely replied 'You lose' to a visitor. The visitor had a bet that she would get a minimum of three words out of him.
Herbert Hoover: 1929 to 1933 – Hoover was a native of Iowa who spent an early young age in Oregon and was the first US president from the Mississippi River's West.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1933 to 1945 – He was the longest-serving commander-in-chief who claimed to be related to 11 presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt, who was Franklin's fifth cousin. Harry S. Truman: 1945 to 1953 – The ‘S’ in Harry S. Truman is just an initial and doesn’t stand for anything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: 1953 to 1961 – World War 2 hero Eisenhower was the first US president to ride in a helicopter.’ John F. Kennedy: 1961 to 1963 – Kennedy was injured in World War 2 and was honorably discharged. While waiting, he briefly served as a journalist.
Lyndon B. Johnson: 1963 to 1969 – Before launching a career in politics, Johnson was a teacher near the US-Mexico border for four years.
Richard M. Nixon: 1969 to 1974 – During World War 2, Nixon was stationed at Solomon Island. While his stay there, he became a skilled poker player. After returning to the US, his gaming skill helped him launch a career in politics. Gerald Ford: 1974 to 1977 – Ford was a star football performer at the University of Michigan.
But he declined offers from Detroit Lions as well as Green Bay Packers. Jimmy Carter: 1977 to 1981 – Carter’s father died in 1953. Following this unfortunate incident, he gave up his military career and went back to work on their peanut farms in Georgia.
Ronald Reagan: 1981 to 1989 – Reagan was a lifeguard and a sportscaster as a profession, then he became an actor and finally a politician. Georg Bush: 1989 to 1993 – In his days at Yale University, he was the basketball team's captain and also a member of the elite secret student society called Skull and Bones.
Bill Clinton: 1993 to 2001 – Clinton played the saxophone and performed at the Arsenio Hall Show while he was the candidate for the US presidency.
Gorge W. Bush: 2001 to 2009 – When Bush was no longer the president, he took up oil painting. The former president held exhibitions of his work in texas at the Museum of the Southwest. Barak Obama: 2009 to 2017 – Obama was t first African American president of the US.
but that's not all; before becoming the president, he was a two times Grammy winner for 'Best Spoken Word Album.' His wife, Michelle Obama, has also won a Grammy.
Donald J. Trump: 2017 to 2021 – Before Trump became president, he was an entrepreneur and real estate developer and even hosted a reality show called The Apprentice on NBC.Joe Biden: 2021 to present – Biden overcame childhood stammering after he faced bullying for the same during grade school days.