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Fun Facts About U.S. Presidents

When Presidents Day arrives, most people think about shopping for big sales or enjoying a day off from work and school.  We thought learning a few things might make the holiday a little more interesting by educating you about a few of our nations presidents.

Did you know?

  1. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet, 4 inches

  2. Theodore Roosevelt name the “White House” in 1901. Previously it was called the President’s Palace, President’s House and the Executive Mansion.

  3. Jimmy Carter had an unusual career as a peanut farmer in his earlier years.

  4. Ronald Reagan was a movie actor and starred in B movies, such as, Brother Rat (1939), King Row (1941) and Desperate Journey (1942).

  5. George Washington’s favorite food was ice cream.

  6. James Garfield was the first left-handed president.

  7. John Adams often skipped school to go hunting and fishing.

  8. John Quincy Adams liked to skinny dip in the Potomac (D.C.’s main waterway).  He did this almost daily around 5 am.

  9. Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819.

  10. Andrew Jackson taught his parrot to curse.

  11. Zachary Taylor’s nickname was “Old Rough and Ready”.  He was given this name by other soldiers while he was fighting in the Seminole War.

  12. Andrew Johnson was drunk during his inauguration.

  13. Benjamin Harrison was president when electricity was first installed in the White House.  He was so afraid of being electrocuted, he wouldn’t touch any light switches.

  14. Warren Harding lost the White House china in a poker game.

  15. When John F. Kennedy applied for Harvard University, his own father (a Harvard alum) gave him a not-so-good recommendation stating that his son was “careless and lacks application.”

  16. George H.W. Bush was captain of his high school’s varsity baseball and soccer teams.  He also played on the school’s basketball team.

  17. Barrack Obama collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books.

Now that you’ve been enlightened by a few facts about some of our presidents,  we leave you with a quote giving a little advise, “Tell the truth, work hard and come to dinner on time.” – Gerald R. Ford.

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