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10 Presidential Fun Facts

2015-05-24 14.56.31-1Andrea and I are still enjoying our date away, but it’s President’s Day here in the U.S. so I thought I’d lay out some fun facts for your Monday (taken from Mashable’s List here).

  1. James A. Garfield was not only ambidextrous — he could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time.
  2. Ulysses S. Grant smoked a ton of cigars — at least 20 a day. After a great military victory at the Battle of Shiloh, citizens sent him more than 10,000 boxes of cigars as gratitude. He died of throat cancer in 1885.
  3. Chester A. Arthur was known for his impeccable attire, earning him the nickname “Elegant Arthur.” On his last day in office, four women offered him their hands in marriage. Also, he owned 80 pairs of pants.
  4. Teddy Roosevelt was shot in an assassination attempt while delivering a speech in Milwaukee. “I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot,” he told the stunned audience. “I give you my word, I do not care a rap about being shot; not a rap.” He completed the 90-minute speech with the bullet still lodged in his chest.
  5. Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electricity in the White House. However, he was so scared of getting electrocuted that he would never touch the light switches himself.
  6. William McKinley almost always wore a red carnation on his lapel as a good luck charm. While greeting a line of people in 1901, he gave the flower to a little girl. Seconds later, he was shot by an assassin, and died eight days later.
  7. Calvin Coolidge would occasionally press all the buttons in the Oval Office, sending bells ringing throughout the White House — and then hide to watch his staff run in. He just wanted to see who was working.
  8. On Sept. 2, 1944, George H.W. Bush was flying over Japan when his aircraft was shot down in the Pacific. Bush and another crewman were able to bail out, but the other man’s parachute malfunctioned, and he went down with the plane. Bush was eventually rescued by a submarine off the coast of Chichi-jima.
  9. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were close friends and correspondents — but they also had a bit of a rivalry. Adams’ dying words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives,” unaware that he had died hours earlier. In another shocker, both died on July 4, 1826.
  10. Franklin Pierce had a tough time guiding the nation and perhaps an even tougher time guiding his horse. During his presidency, Pierce was arrested for running over a woman with his horse. Charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Have a great President’s Day!

Did any of these surprise you? Which was your favorite?


  1. I never knew that fact about Teddy Roosevelt. Man, what a guy!
    Blessings, Jason!

    • That was one I read to my wife because I was amazed! Thanks Martha. 🙂

  2. I thought they were all pretty cool to read. Warning from Grant: don’t smoke cigars.

    • Ha! Yeah, not a wise decision! Thank you, Bill.

  3. They were all very interesting. Thanks for sharing Jason!

    • It is interesting, isn’t it? I didn’t know any of these things! Thanks Ed. 🙂

  4. Good to know these fun facts. I actually didn’t know most of them.
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    • Thanks Matthew!

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