Did You Know?
Thomas Jefferson read Greek, Latin, French and English.
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 Whiter 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.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's mother forced him to wear dress until he was five years old.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only President elected to four terms. (1933-1945)
Dwight David Eisenhower liked to play golf so much he had a putting green built on the White House lawn.
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!)
Lyndon Baines Johnson used to go through the White House at night turning lights off that were not needed. He did not want to waste the taxpayers money. At fifteen he ran away from home and traveled to California where he worked as a grape picker and auto mechanic.
Gerald Ford also loved golf, but spectators had to watch carefully because the President was known for conking people on the head with his wild shots.
President Ford was the only President not elected as President or Vice President. He was appointed Vice President by President Richard Nixon and then became President when Richard Nixon resigned. Ford was a model for Cosmopolitan and Look magazines in the 1940's.
Ronald Reagan announced Chicago Cubs games for WHO radio in Des Moines. Later he became a famous movie and television actor.
President Reagan loved jelly beans and used to keep a bowl of them on his desk. His nickname was Dutch.
George Bush was the captain of the baseball team at Yale University.
When Bill Clinton was in high school he shook hands with President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden, his nickname as a child growing up in Arkansas was Bubba.
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