Happy Presidents Day! Now for some random facts about U.S. Presidents.

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addresses Congress in the movie Idiocracy

These could also be quite helpful if you ever appear on Jeopardy. Or attend dinner parties. Or like random facts.

  1. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.
  2. The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.
  3. Six presidents were named James: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter.
  4. President Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) was the only president to serve in both WWI and WWII.
  5. Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO.
  6. President James Buchanan (1791-1868) quietly but consistently bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and then set them free in Pennsylvania.
  7. James Buchanan is the only bachelor president. He was virtually inseparable from William R. King (1786-1853), a senator from Alabama, earning the pair the nickname “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy” and “Mr. Buchanan and his wife.
  8. Every member of Teddy Roosevelt’s family owned a pair of stilts, including the first lady.
  9. When Martin Van Buren wrote his autobiography after serving as president from 1837-1841, he didn’t mention his wife of 12 years. Not even once.
  10. James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously.
  11. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) would often skinny dip in the Potomac River.
  12. Harding was obsessed with poker and once bet an entire set of priceless White House China and lost it.
  13. Calvin Coolidge liked to have his head rubbed with petroleum jelly while eating his breakfast in bed.
  14. No president has ever been an only child.
  15. Every so often, Calvin Coolidge would press all the buttons on the President’s desk and hide and watch his staff run in. He would then pop out from behind the door and say that he was just seeing if everyone was working.

Source: 99 Interesting Facts About the U.S. Presidents.

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