I love history and I often find that people who don’t read up on history miss out on many interesting things. Most people just know and retain the basic things they learned in school. There is so much more to know! I have gathered some weird and interesting facts to share with those of you who would like to know a bit more about the history of our country and its past presidents.
Thomas Jefferson had a thing for chairs. Jefferson vandalized Shakespeare’s chair and he is known to have invented the swivel chair. He wasn’t one for public speaking, but clearly he had a thing for chairs.
The smallest president was James Madison. He was just over 5 feet tall and only weighed about 100 pounds.
John Quincy Jones enjoyed skinny dipping. The president who hated Jefferson was well-known to enjoy skinny dipping. It was so well-known that a reporter used it to her advantage. She kept his clothes hostage until he agreed to give her an interview.
Martin van Buren was the first president born in the US. Van Buren most likely also had the most nicknames as president. His nicknames included ‘Sly Fox’, Little Magician’, and Red Fox of Kinderhook.
John Tyler was the most hated president. Tyler became president after William Henry Harrison died suddenly. The whole country hated him, his whole cabinet resigned because of his policies, and he was the first president who faced impeachment.
James K Polk was the least fun president. Polk banned alcohol, playing cards, and dancing from the White House. It must have been quite dull during his presidency.
Abraham Lincoln was a man with many talents. Lincoln is one of the most loved past presidents and had many talents. He was bartender, a good wrestler, and many women adored him.
Ulysses S grant ended the Klu Klux Klan. Grant isn’t that well-known to people from other countries, but he has one great thing to his name – he dismantled the KKK during his term in office.