Did you know that Bill Clinton has two Grammy awards? Here are some interesting facts about our presidents, from George Washington to Donald Trump.
Did you know three U.S. presidents died on the 4th of July? Who knew that President Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States but only the 44th man to hold the position? Presidents Day weekend is the perfect time to test your knowledge on America’s presidents. Here are some surprising facts about each one:
1. George Washington’s false teeth were made from elephant and walrus tusks, gold, and ivory not wood.
2. John Adams was the first to live in the White House.
3. Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.
4. James Madison was the shortest president at 5-foot-4 inches.
5. James Monroe was the last founding father to serve as president.
6. John Quincy Adams skinny dipped in the Potomac every morning.
7. Andrew Jackson had a pet parrot he taught to curse.
8. Martin Van Buren coined the word “OK.”
9. William Henry Harrison had a pet goat.
10. John Tyler had 15 children.
11. James K. Polk was the first president to serve coast to coast.
12. Zachary Taylor’s nickname was “Old Rough and Ready.”
13. Millard Fillmore married his teacher.
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14. Franklin Pierce was arrested during his presidency for running over a women with his horse.
15. James Buchanan was a bachelor and never married.
16. Abraham Lincoln is honored in the wrestling hall of fame.
17. Andrew Johnson was buried wrapped in the American flag and with a copy of the Constitution.
18. Ulysses S. Grant was given a ticket for riding his horse too fast.
19. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a telephone and his number was 1.
20. James A. Garfield could write with both hands at the same time in different languages.
21. Chester A. Arthur owned 80 pairs of pants.
22. Grover Cleveland was the first and only to be married in the White House.
23. Benjamin Harrison never touched light switches because he was afraid he would be electrocuted.
24. Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Making him the 22nd and 24th president.
25. William McKinley was the first president to have mass produced campaign buttons.
26. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech and finished his speech with the bullet in his chest.
27. William H. Taft was the only former president to serve as chief justice on the Supreme Court and swore in presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.
28. Woodrow Wilson is the only president to have a PhD.
29. Warren G. Harding gambled away a set of White House china.
30. Calvin Coolidge’s nickname was “Silent Cal.”
31. Herbert Hoover spoke Chinese to his wife to keep their conversations private.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, were fifth cousins once removed.
33. Harry S. Truman does not have a middle name. His parents gave him the middle initial “S” as a tribute to his relatives whose names started with the letter S.
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower installed a putting green in the White House and played over 800 games of golf while in office.
35. John F. Kennedy was awarded a Purple Heart, which he received for his service in WWII.
36. Lyndon B. Johnson was a teacher before becoming president.
37. Richard Nixon partly funded his first political campaign with money he won playing poker while in the Navy.
38. Gerald Ford was a model in his 20s and was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in 1942.
39. Jimmy Carter filed a UFO sighting in 1973.
40. Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans and placed a standing order of 720 bags per month to be delivered to the White House and various federal buildings.
41. George H. W. Bush loves wearing colorful, patterned socks.
42. Bill Clinton is a two-time Grammy winner.
43. George W. Bush was the head cheerleader at his high school.
44. Barack Obama collects comic books.
45. Donald Trump owns 17 golf courses around the world.