25 Secret Things About US Presidents
Have you ever heard that Abraham Lincoln was a wrestling champion? Or that Andrew Jackson dueled over 100 times? Well, here are some interesting facts about U.S. presidents.
25. Abraham Lincoln was a wrestling champion characterized as “fierce” in the ring. Because of his performance, he was included in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
24. John Tyler had 15 children, more than any other president. Two of his grandchildren live even today.
23. During his tenure as president, Franklin Pierce was arrested for “hitting” a woman while riding. The charges were later withdrawn “for lack of evidence”.
22. In his youth, Andrew Johnson was apprentice to a tailor. He liked the job so much that even during his tenure of President he made his own clothes.
21. James Buchanan used to buy slaves in Washington D.C. to then release them “in secret” in Pennsylvania.
20. Rutherford B. Hayes was the only president wounded in the civil war, and not once but four times.
19. The “S” from the name of Harry S. Truman’s does not mean anything. His parents could not decide on the second name for over a month, so they chose the letter “S” to satisfy both the grandparents of the future president, Solomon Young and Anderson Shipp Truman.
18. William Taft – known also as “Big Bill” – was the greatest president of America. It is said that once got stuck in a bathtub at the White House and called his advisers to get him out of there.
17. The son of Herbert Hoover had two alligators as pets. Sometimes they were actually allowed to walk freely in the White House.
16. Chester A. Arthur was renowned for his impeccable attire, being called “Elegant Arthur”. On the last day of his mandate, no less than four women had asked him to marry them.
15. James Garfield was renowned for the fact that he was ambidextrous. Moreover, he could write in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other one, simultaneously.
14. While he was sheriff, Grover Cleveland had to open the hatch of the hanging on two occasions, which earned him the unflattering nickname “Buffalo Hangman”.
13. A tumor that was extirpated from Groover’s mouth is today exposed at Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.
12. Banjamin Harrison was the first president who benefited from electricity at the White House. However, he was so afraid of being electrocuted that he never touched any circuit breaker.
11. Calvin Coolidge used to press, from time to time, all buttons of the ringers in the Oval Office and then he was hiding, lurking the reaction speed of the employees. It is assumed that this was to see who works and who doesn’t.
10. Teddy Roosevelt was shot, in an assassination attempt, while holding a speech in Milwaukee. “I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”, said Roosevelt to the crowd, and then continued another 90 minute speech with the bullet in his chest.
8. Eisenhower was an avid golfer. On the mini-pitch installed at the White House, Eisenhower played over 800 games, surpassing the record of any other president.
7. On September 2, 1944, the plane piloted by George HW Bush was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft over the Pacific. Bush and another member of the crew were parachuted and rescued by a submarine off the coast of Chichi-jima.
6. William McKinley always wore a red carnation on the lapel for good luck. In 1901, at a meeting with the citizens, he was shot by an assassin and died eight days later.
5. JFK was an ardent fan of James Bond. His first encounter with the “father” of the famous spy, Ian Flemming, took place at a dinner in 1960. A widely discussed topic by the two was how to get rid of Fidel Castro.
4. Andrew Jackson was involved in more than 100 battles, mostly for defending the honor of his wife. No wonder than Jackson was shot several times during his life.
3. Gerard Ford worked as a model, even appearing on the cover of the famous magazine Cosmopolitan.
2. The face of Woodrow Wilson appears on the $100,000 banknote (most valuable banknote in the world). Being aimed at the transfer of money between banks, it remained almost unimportant since the advent of the electronic transfer.
1. Jimmy Carter made a report in 1973 in which he claimed that he saw a UFO. According to his testimony, “It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen”.