American President Fun Facts
American President fun facts span the entire history of the United States. Beginning with George Washington, Presidents have been quirky, possessed interesting hobbies and pasts and found themselves in the middle of the some interesting stories.
Many Presidential firsts were easy to make in the early days of the United States. Many American President fun facts center on these firsts.
- Thomas Jefferson became the very first President to shake hands with visitors to the White House. Before that, with John Adams and George Washington, dignitaries and emissaries bowed to the President.
- James Monroe had quite a few first associated with him. He was the first Senator to be elected President and had the first inaugural outdoors. Also, his daughter nuptials took place in the White House, which was a first.
- The first president to win an election without winning the popular vote was Benjamin Harrison in 1888 (the second was George W. Bush in 2000).
- Ronald Reagan was the first President who was divorced previously.
- Gerald Ford, Speaker of the House, was not elected by the people to become President. This was a first after Nixon resigned. (Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned under the shadow of criminal charges – a Vice Presidential first.)
- John Kennedy also had quite a few firsts and other American President fun facts attributed to his name. He was 43 when elected and this continues to be the youngest for a President. When assassinated, he was 46, which also makes him the youngest President to die. He is also the first President to win a Pulitzer Prize and also serve in the Navy.
- In 1972, China was not officially recognized by the United States. Richard Nixon created a first when he was the first President to visit a country unrecognized by the U.S. government.
- Rutherford B. Hayes held the first Easter Egg hunt during his administration. Also had the first telephone installed in the White House. The telephone number was "1."
American President Fun Facts
Below are some other facts of American Presidents:
- George Washington's teeth were constructed of elephant and walrus tusks. The wood story is an American urban legend.
- Thomas Jefferson was able to speak six languages fluently: English, Latin, Greek, Spanish, Italian, and French. He also eventually learned many dialects of the Native American languages.
- Three Presidents died on July 4th: James Monroe, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The only President born on the 4th of July was Calvin Coolidge.
- It took seven Presidents before one was born an American Citizen. That was Martin Van Buren.
- President for the shortest amount of time of 31 days, William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia while in office.
- Zachary Taylor became President in 1849 and had never previously voted for a President.
- James A. Garfield could write with both hands very well and even in many languages.
- Grover Cleveland is the only President to serve two terms that were not consecutive: 1885-1889 and then 1893-1897. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only President to serve more than two term.
- Herber Hoover learned Chinese and taught his wife the language so he could tell stories to her. He wanted to keep things private.
- Richard Nixon was at Super Bowl VI and gave some advice on a play to the Miami Dolphins.
- John F. Kennedy and Howard Taft are buried in Arlington National Cemetery and are the only Presidents that are.
- James Buchanan never married. Instead, his niece was the host to the White House.
- In actuality, even though Barack Obama is the United State's 44th President, only 43 Presidents are counted. The reason is that Grover Cleveland was counted twice because he became our 22nd and the 24th President. Because his two terms were not consecutive his is considered two times when listed.
Did You Know?
The smallest President was James Madison at five feet two inches.
The tallest was Abraham Lincoln, who stood six feet four inches.