Fun Facts About The United States Presidents

Dirk Kettlewell talking about the USA PresidentsWith President’s day right around the corner, it would be fitting to talk about the United States presidents. Dirk Kettlewell has a passion for American history, and so many of our past presidents have helped shape the way for the world we live in today. So let’s tell stories and discuss the great American Presidents. Although we don’t have time to talk about each one, we can briefly discuss several of them.

 

  • John Quincy Adams, the 6th President, was elected by the House of Representatives because neither candidate, (John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson) had enough electoral votes.
  • John Quincy Adams used to get up two hours before sunrise to go skinny dipping in the Potomac River.
  • Andrew Jackson was the only president to ever kill a man in a duel.
  • Zachary Taylor’s horse grazed on the White House lawn.
  • Abraham Lincoln was six feet four inches tall, the tallest President so far.
  • Franklin Pierce was arrested for running over a woman while driving his carriage in Washington, DC. The charges were later dropped.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for speeding while driving a horse and buggy in Washington, DC. He had to pay a fine of $20.00 and walk back to the White House.
  • Benjamin Harrison was so afraid of electric lights that he used to have White House staff turn them on and off.
  • Warren G. Harding once lost all the White House china gambling, on one hand of cards.
  • The teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • President Reagan loved jelly beans and used to keep a bowl of them on his desk. His nickname was Dutch.
  • John F. Kennedy’s father gave him $1,000,000 when he turned twenty-one. (Each of his nine brothers and sisters got a million dollars too!)
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