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44 Fascinating Presidential Facts for President’s Day

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44 Fascinating Presidential Facts For Presidents Day

A little over two centuries have passed since George Washington became the first President of the United States. Since Washington many great leaders have held office and this year we the people will elect the 45th President of the United States. The 2016 election has brought out colorful characters and many heated debates about the issues dividing the nation. Each of our Presidential candidates need a way to spread the word about their campaign platform. InkHead has a great selection of customizable election items for any campaign. We are sure our next President will be quite the character, in the meantime, here is a list of interesting facts about the last 44.


  1. George Washington (1789-1797) – He helped plan the nation’s new capital city that was named for him, but he never lived there.
  2. John Adams (1797-1801) – He wanted the president to be addressed as “His Highness.” Congress disagreed and said the title would simply be The President of the United States.
  3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) – Did not feel his Presidency was his greatest accomplishment.
  4. James Madison (1809-1817) – He was the last surviving signer of the US Constitution.
  5. James Monroe (1817-1825) – Monroe’s first presidential term was coined the Era of Good Feelings. It was the last time the United States saw a candidate run without serious opposition.
  6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) – John Quincy married Louisa Catherine Johnson, the only foreign born first lady.
  7. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) – As Jackson was leaving the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 1835, Richard Lawrence fired two shots at him from two different guns. They both misfired.
  8. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) – Van Buren’s wife Hannah Hoes Van Buren died in 1819 so Angelica, his son Abraham’s wife, performed the first lady duties for her father-in-law.
  9. William Henry Harrison (1841) – After three weeks in office Harrison began feeling ill and after just 33 days as President he became the first President to die in office.
  10. John Tyler (1841-1845) – He owned the plantation Sherwood Forest in Virginia and thought of himself as a Robin Hood-like political outlaw.
  11. James K. Polk (1845-1849) – The only president who also held the position, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  12. Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) – Died after 16 months in office supposedly from a glass of curdled milk and cherries.
  13. Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) – Helped fight a December 1851 blaze at the Library of Congress and then signed a bill to fund the replacement of all the books that had been destroyed.
  14. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) – Known to have some of the finest hair of any U.S. President.
  15. James Buchanan (1857-1861) – His nicknames were “Old Buck” and “Ten-Cent Jimmie” because he claimed that ten cents was enough for a working man to live on each day.
  16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) – Lincoln was quite the cat enthusiast. He had a cat, Tabby, during his Presidency who was allowed to eat at the White House dinner table.
  17. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) – He found a family of white mice at the White House that he cared for and fed.
  18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) – Grant had been invited to go to Ford Theater with President Lincoln but he and his wife Julia decided to travel to New Jersey.
  19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) – In 1879, women were not allowed to present cases to the Supreme Court, however, President Hayes made this possible.
  20. James A. Garfield (1881) – He was shot twice by Charles K. Guiteau, and died from complications and blood poisoning. His spine, showing the bullet hole, has been preserved and is kept by the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  21. Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) – At 24 he successfully represented Lizzie Jennings, who was forcibly removed from a streetcar because of her skin color. Jennings was awarded $225.00 in damages and the Third Avenue Railway Company had its streetcars desegregated.
  22. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) – Yes, he’s a distant relative of the guy they named the city after, but did not live there.
  23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) – He is the President who modernized the White House when electric lighting was installed by the Edison General Electric Company.
  24. Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) – Cleveland is known as both the 22nd President and the 24th President. He lost the 1888 to Benjamin Harrison.
  25. William McKinley (1897-1901) – The President was shot twice on September 6, 1901 by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York and died on September 14, 1901.
  26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) – Theodore, an avid boxer, suffered a detached retina in a bout during his presidency, so he switched to jiu-jitsu.
  27. William H. Taft (1909-1913) – He started the opening game tradition of the President throwing the first pitch when he gracelessly lobbed a ball to Hall of Famer Walter Johnson during a 1910 Washington Senators game.
  28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) – He kept Congress in session for 18 months which is longer than any other congress in American History.
  29. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) – Harding spoke out against lynching of African-Americans. He also ordered desegregation in the White House and the District of Columbia.
  30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) – He was famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get the president to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: “You lose.”
  31. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) – He starred in the first television broadcast in American history before becoming President.
  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) – He became the first president to journey via airplane and the first to leave the country in wartime.
  33. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) – Truman’s parents gave him a middle name of “S” after they couldn’t agree on a middle name.
  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) – Dwight D Eisenhower was the first president of all 50 states of America.
  35. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) – His family’s fortune made it possible for him to donate his salary as both a Congressman and the President of the United States to charity.
  36. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) – Johnson almost died while in the Naval Reserves during a bombing run in the South Pacific. He boarded a plane called the Wabash Cannonball for his mission, left to use the restroom, and ended up on a different plane. The Wabash Cannonball crashed during the mission killing everyone on board.
  37. Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) – He never learned to read music, but Nixon could play the saxophone, clarinet, accordion and violin.
  38. Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) – He is the only Vice President to become President due to scandal and not death. Nixon stepped down due to the Watergate investigations.
  39. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) – In 1982, he founded the Carter Center, which has played an active role in human rights and disease prevention issues globally.
  40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) – He is credited with 53 different acting roles in his television/movie career.
  41. George Bush (1989-1993) – Bush met Babe Ruth while playing baseball at Yale several months before Ruth’s death.
  42. William J. Clinton (1993-2001) – Bill Clinton is the only president whose wife has also run for public office. Bill’s wife Hillary was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.
  43. George W. Bush (2001-2009) – He was the first child of six born to George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, his father was the 41st president of America.
  44. Barack Obama (2009-2016) – Obama shares genealogical links to six former U.S. presidents: George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman and James Madison, according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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