FUN PRESIDENTIAL FACTS

    • At 6 feet, 4 inches (1.9 meters), Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President.
    • William Henry Harrison, the ninth President, was the only President who studied to be a medical doctor.
    • Millard Fillmore, the 13th President, was the first President to have a stepmother.
    • James Garfield, the 20th President, was the first left-handed President.
    • William Taft’s girth caused him a problem in the White House’s tub. Taft, who tipped the scale at 300-plus pounds, got stuck.
    •  Ulysses S. Grant was fined $20 for speeding with his horse and carriage
    • Before he became president, Lyndon Johnson was a teacher at a small school in South Texas.
    • Weather permitting, John Quincy Adams swam nude in the Potomac River every day.
    • James A. Garfield could write with both hands. To entertain people he would write in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
    • Benjamin Harrison was terrified of electric lights. He would ask White House staff to turn them on and off for him.
    • Rutherford B. Hayes was the first US president to use a phone at the White House. Alexander Graham Bell personally showed him how to use it and his phone number was 1.
    • Calvin Coolidge liked having his head massaged with Vaseline during breakfast in bed. He also rode his own mechanical bull and played “ding-dong ditch’em” – he would ring the White House doorbell and then run and hide.
    • Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was present at the assassinations of three Presidents: his father’s, President Garfield’s and President McKinley’s.
    • All Presidents receive code names from the Secret Service.  Ronald Reagan was ‘Rawhide’, George H. W. Bush was ‘Timberwolf’, Bill Clinton was ‘Eagle’, George W. Bush was ‘Trailblazer’ and Barack Obama is ‘Renegade’.
    • Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Ill.
    • Herbert Clark Hoover ordered his White House servants to hide from him whenever he passed by. If they didn’t, they ran the risk of being fired.
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