Interesting facts about U.S. presidents
You certainly have heard a lot about president Lincoln and there is plenty of coverage about Obama, but here are some interesting facts about other U.S. presidents.
James Madison, our fourth president, was only 5’4” tall. John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, swam nude in the Potomac river every day, weather permitting.
Martin Van Buren was the first president actually born in the U.S, but he spoke Dutch at home with his wife.
John Tyler , our tenth president, actually held office in the Confederacy. He was a grand uncle of Harry Truman.
Zachary Taylor never voted or belonged to any political party. He ran for president at the age of sixty-two.
James Buchanan was related to composer Stephen Foster.
Abraham’s son, Robert, was on the scene when Garfield was shot in 1881 and when Mckinley was assassinated in 1901.
Ulysses S. Grant smoked twenty cigars a day and put away plenty of booze.
Rutherford B. Hayes participated in fifty civil was engagements and was wounded four times.
James A. Garfield from the assassination attempt on his life but from the repeated probing with non-sterile instruments that caused blood poisoning.
Chester Arthur was a very private man who destroyed all his personal papers before his death. He seldom went to bed before 2 AM and often went to night clubs. It sounds like he had something to hide.
Grover Cleveland was a sheriff at one time and personally hanged two murderers.
Calvin Coolidge usually slept nine hours at night and took afternoon naps of two to four hours. How could he get anything done? It was his vice president who was interesting. Charles G. Dawes composed ‘Melody in A’. In 1951 Carl Sigman wrote lyrics to the melody and called it, ‘It’s All In The Game’. It became a hit in 1958 when Tommy Edwards recorded it. Singer Marian Mcnair is Coolidge’s great-granddaughter, and this writer has worked with her.