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Calendar >  Fun Facts and Trivia About the U.S. Presidents – Part II

Fun Facts and Trivia About the U.S. Presidents – Part II

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TR Robertson — There is seemingly no end to the amount of trivia and unknown, to the public, information concerning the various Presidents of the United States. This is a continuation of the some of the fascinating historical information that will amuse and surprise you and add to your trivia knowledge.

  • Ronald Reagan was the first actor ever elected President. He was in 53 films before being elected President.
  • The tradition of playing “hail to the Chief” whenever a President appeared at a state function was started by John Tyler’s wife.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson rejected his official portrait painting, saying it was the ugliest thing he ever saw.
  • Ronald Reagan was twice named Time magazine “Man of the Year”.
  • Ulysses S. Grant smoked 20 cigars a day, which probably led to the throat cancer that led to his death.
  • John F. Kennedy was the only President to appoint his brother to a cabinet post.
  • George Washington was the first President to be on a postage stamp. His face is also on $1 bill and the quarter.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was the first President to host an Indian Chief in the White House.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic President.
  • Theodore Roosevelt lost sight in one eye boxing in the White House.
  • Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was once saved from possible injury or death by Edwin T. Booth, the brother of his father’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
  • Bill Clinton was the first President to be a Rhodes Scholar.
  • The term “First Lady” was first used in 1849 when President Zachary Taylor called Dolley Madison “First Lady” at heer state funeral.
  • Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are the only divorced Presidents.
  • Andrew Jackson was the only President to serve in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was in charge of the D-Day invasion.
  • Only five U.S. Presidents had facial hair when they took office, the latest one being Benjamin Harrison in 1889.
  • James Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane, was the White House hostess for the only President to remain a bachelor.
  • Grover Cleveland was the only President married in a ceremony at the White House.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. President born in the United States. The Presidents preceding him were born in the colonies that later became states.
  • While governor of Massachusetts, Calvin Coolidge was punched in the eye by the mayor of Boston.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was an avid stamp collector who received the first sheet of every new commemorative issue.
  • Gerald Ford became Vice President and President without being elected to either office.
  • James Madison was the first President to wear trousers instead of knee-breeches.
  • George Washington never lived in the White House. The nation’s capital was in Philadelphia while he was in office.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first President licensed to fly a plane.
  • In high school, Bill Clinton played saxophone in a jazz trio called “Three Blind Mice”.
  • John Tyler is the President with the most children – 15.
  • Grover Cleveland was the first President to have a child born in the White House.
  • John Quincy Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. He was interviewed by journalist Anne Royall who sat on his clothes until he granted her an interview.
  • Theodore Roosevelt had a photographic memory. He could read a page faster than most people could read a sentence.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was a skilled chef famous for his vegetable soup.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first President to have served in the Navy.
  • Gerald Ford is the only President to have two assassination attempts against him made by women.
  • Benjamin Harrison was the first President to use electricity in the Shite House. Chester A. Arthur destroyed all of his personal papers before his death.
  • The name “Teddy” bears for stuffed animals was coined in 1903 when a stuffed toy bear was given to the noted outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt.
  • John F. Kennedy’s father gave him, and each of his nine brothers and sisters, $1,000,000 when they turned 21.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was the only President to serve in both World Way I & II.
  • Richard Nixon is the only U.S. President to resign.
  • Woodrow Wilson was an avid golfer and used black golf balls when playing in the snow.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower played football at West Point and was injured trying to tackle Olympic and NFL star Jim Thorpe.
  • During Woodrow Wilson’s term a flock of sheep were raised on the White House lawn and the wool used by the Red Cross during WW I.
  • Warren Harding was the first President to own a radio.
  • Calvin Coolidge averaged nine hours of sleep a night and took afternoon naps of 2 to 4 hours.
  • Herbert Hoover was the first President born west of the Mississippi River.
  • During Rutherford B. Hayes administration, the first telephone was installed in the White House.
  • While President, Warren Harding played golf, played poker twice a week, followed baseball and boxing and occasionally went to burlesque shows.
  • Thomas Jefferson read Greek, Latin, French and Latin.

Read anything that surprised or was an “I didn’t know that” moment. Lots of trivia surround the Presidential office.

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