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Honoring President's Day by learning some fun facts about U.S. Presidents

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President's Day is celebrated on the third Monday in Feb. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Presidents of the United States and pay tribute to the contributions they have made to this country.

To celebrate this federal holiday, learn something new about some of the presidents.

In honor of President's Day, here are some fun facts about the Presidents of the United States.

Since there are so many interesting facts about the presidents, this article will list fun facts in four areas: firsts, onlys, names and odd things.

Firsts
John Adams was first to live in the White House.

Thomas Jefferson was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

Martin Van Buren was the first president who was a United States citizen. All previous presidents were born British subjects.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states and the first to visit China.

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital.

Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached. He was acquitted by one vote in the Senate. It would be another 131 years before another president, Bill Clinton, would be impeached.

Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to ever be photographed at his inauguration. In the photo, he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin.

John Tyler was also the first president to get married in office even though his eight children from his first wife did not approve of the wedding and did not attend.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter, the first Southerner elected to the presidency following the Civil War.

Lincoln was the first president to have a beard, at the request from a little girl named Gracie Bedell.

The first child to die in the White House was Abraham Lincoln’s 12-year old son, Willie.

The first president to be born outside the original 13 States was Abraham Lincoln.

Woodrow Wilson was the first to show a motion picture in the White House: T"he Birth of Nation," which has become the most banned film in American history.

Warren Harding was the first president to own a radio, the first to make speech over the radio, and the first to ride to his inauguration in a car. When women got the right to vote, he was the first president they could elect.

John F. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic to be president, the first Boy Scout to become president, and the first president to be born in the twentieth century.

Gerald Ford was the first person to be both vice president and president without being elected by the people.

William McKinley was the first president to use campaign buttons.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television in 1939.

Onlys
Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington. He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year

Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman. He was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York, and twice had to spring the trap at a hanging.

George W. Bush was the only president who was a cheerleader. During his senior year of high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Bush was captain of the cheerleading team.

Grover Cleveland was the only president married in the White House.

Grover Cleveland was the only president to have two non-consecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president; therefore, he is counted twice.

Andrew Johnson is the only tailor ever to be president. He would wear only the suits that he made himself.

Washington is also the only president who didn’t represent a political party.

President Dwight David Eisenhower was the only president to serve in both WWI and WWII.

James Buchanan is the only president who was not married. His niece was the White House hostess.

Richard Nixon is the only president to resign.

Harry Truman is the only twentieth-century president without a college degree.

Abraham Lincoln is the only president to receive a patent (# 6469).

Onlys
James Buchanan was the only bachelor president. His niece was the White House hostess.

Grover Cleveland was only president married in the White House.

Grover Clevelend was the only President to ever serve 2 non-consecutive terms #22 and #24

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to serve more than two terms.

Names
The "S" in Truman's full name doesn't stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.. His parents couldn't decide on a middle name for over a month, so they settled on the letter "S" in honor of his maternal grandfather, Solomon Young, and his paternal grandfather, Anderson Shipp Truman.

“Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt who refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.

Six presidents were named James: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter.

Four president were named William: Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Clinton.

Gerald Rudolph Ford’s name before he was adopted was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

George Herbert Walker Bush is the only president with four names.

The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.

The capital of Liberia is called Monrovia after President James Monroe.

Odd and other interesting things
George Washington never lived in the White House. The capital was actually located in Philadelphia and other cities when Washington was president.

William Henry Harrison was president for only 31 days. He died of pneumonia.

Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6' 4” and weighing 180 pounds.

Ronald Reagan oldest president was 69 when he took office (69-77)

Teddy Roosevelt and his family could walk in stilts. Every member of Teddy Roosevelt’s family owned a pair of stilts, including the first lady.

When Martin Van Buren wrote his autobiography after serving as president from 1837-1841, he didn’t mention his wife of 12 years. Not even once.

John Tyler had 15 children, more than any other president. He had eight by his first wife and seven by his second. He was 70 when his last child, Pearl, was born.

James Madison was the shortest President of the United States, standing at only 5’4”. He never weighed more than 100 pounds.

George Washington made the shortest inauguration speech on record—133 words and less than two minutes long.

William Henry Harrison holds the record for the longest inauguration speech in history at 8,578 words long and one hour and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, he gave the speech during bad weather and a month later, he was dead from pneumonia, making his the shortest presidency on record.

James Buchanan never married. His niece was the White House hostess.

George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford were all Masons, many symbols of which are found on American currency.

The youngest president was Teddy Roosevelt who became president at age 42 when McKinley was assassinated. John F. Kennedy was the youngest president elected at the age of 43.

As a young man, Rutherford Birchard Hayes fought lyssophobia, or the fear of going insane.

Three presidents died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Calvin Coolidge is the only president to have been born on July 4th.

James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously.

Gerald Ford worked as a model during college. He also worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park directing traffic and feeding the bears.

At 332 pounds, William Howard Taft was the largest president in American history and often got stuck in the White House bathtub. His advisors had to sometimes pull him out.

Harding was obsessed with poker and once bet an entire set of priceless White House china and lost it.

During his second run for presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin while giving a speech in Milwaukee. He continued to deliver his 90-minute speech with the bullet in his chest.

Thomas Jefferson was convinced that if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day, he’d never get a cold.

Calvin Coolidge liked to have his head rubbed with petroleum jelly while eating his breakfast in bed.

Woodrow Wilson would paint his golf balls black during the winter so he could continue playing in the snow.

On his epitaph, which he composed, Jefferson mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statuette of Virginia for Religious Freedom and that he was the father of the University of Virginia. He neglected to mention he had been the President of the United States.

George Washington had to borrow $600 from his neighbor to get to his own inauguration. He refused to accepted the $25,000 annual salary for a president.

Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman did not attend college.

It was so cold at Ulysses S. Grant’s presidential inauguration that the canaries that were supposed to sing at the inaugural ball froze to death.

William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and James Madison are on the $500, $1000, and $5000 bill, respectively. The bills are still used as legal tender but are no longer being printed.

George W. Bush has a collection of over 250 signed baseball.

Harry S. Truman read every book in his hometown library.

Gerald Ford held his daughter's high school prom in the White House.

Take this quiz to see how much trivial you know about the President of the United States.

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