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Take a break from all the media coverage and political debates and just have some fun learning about the presidents. Here are some neat facts you may not have known about the first 44 leaders.
- James Madison was the smallest and measured at 5’4”. The tallest was Abraham Lincoln at 6’4”.
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the 4th of July, while Calvin Coolidge was born on it.
- Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel.
- Martin Van Buren was the first born as an American citizen. Jimmy Carter was the first born in a hospital.
- William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after only 31 days in office.
- Zachary Taylor never voted for in a presidential election.
- The White House didn’t have a stove or running water until the time of 13th president, Millard Fillmore.
- There was no First Lady during the 15th president’s time. James Buchanan never married, so his niece was the White House’s hostess.
- Ulysses S. Grant had some trouble with the law: he was fined $20 for speeding in his horse and carriage.
- The first president to have a phone was Rutherford B. Hayes, and his phone number was pretty simple: it was merely “1.” The first president to have his photograph taken was James Polk, and the first one to ride in an airplane and appear on television was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- James A. Garfield was a talented ambidextrous. He could write with both hands simultaneously—in different languages!
- Grover Cleveland is the was the first one to get married in the White House. He married his business partner’s daughter whom he had known since she was born. They also were the first ones to have a child born during a presidency.
- Campaign buttons were first used by 25th president William McKinley.
- Theodore Roosevelt officially dubbed it the White House in 1901. Before it was the Executive Mansion, the President’s Palace, or simply the President’s House.
- Poor Woodrow Wilson never fulfilled his dreams. He wanted to be a stage performer—instead he was just the president.
- John Tyler, a father of fifteen, had the most children. James Madison, James Polk, and James Buchanan were all childless.
- Warren G. Harding liked to gamble. He gambled away a set of the White House’s china.
- Gerald R. Ford was either really cool or really protective: he held his daughter’s high school prom in the White House.
- George W. Bush has a collection of over 250 signed baseballs. Barack Obama collects Spider-Man comics.
- The state where the most presidents was born was Ohio, with 7 presidents. No presidents have been born in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.
- Imagine if your mechanic or your teacher became your president. That’s what happened to many customers and students when Lyndon B. Johnson took office. Other notable careers of presidents before they were presidents: Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, Ronald Reagan was a movie actor, Abe Lincoln chopped rails for fences, Andrew Johnson was a tailor, Calvin Coolidge was a toymaker, and Gerald Ford was a model.