American history is one of Dirk Kettlewell’s interests
Although Dirk stays busy with work, he enjoys learning about our great American past. Thanks to the internet, we have just about an endless sea of knowledge at our fingertips. You can spend days reading about our country’s past and barely scratch the surface. Below are a few interesting facts about the United States presidents.
The only president that was a licensed bartender was Abraham Lincoln.
George Washington was the only president to be unanimously elected and he also refused to accept his presidential salary of $25,000 a year.
President Grover Cleveland was the only president in history to hold the job of a hangman and was once the sheriff of Erie County, New York.
Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born.
The “S” in Harry S Truman does not stand for anything, therefore there is no period after his middle initial.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once traveled to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While they were visiting, they took a knife and cut into one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs.
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday. This was a violation of state law.
The only tailor to ever be president was Andrew Johnson and he would typically stop by a tailor shop to say hello. Johnson would only wear suits that he made himself.
The famous “Teddy Bear” was named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt because he refused to shoot a small bear cub.
George Washington never lived in the White House. At that time, the capital was located in Philadelphia. Washington did not represent a political party.