10 Random Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Presidents!
Blog | February 15th, 2017
The POTUS is not only the most public figure in politics but perhaps even the most public figure in the world! Even so, there is a lot we don't know about our 45 presidents, especially behind closed doors.
Check out these 10 random facts that you probably never knew about some of our commanders in chief!
1. Eisenhower was not telephonically-savvy
Dwight D. Eisenhower was not exactly an expert when it came to operating telephones. For that reason, he enlisted the help of his aides to make phone calls.
2. President Taylor was killed by the unlikeliest (and seemingly least lethal) of cocktails
It is widely speculated that Zachary Taylor died as a result of eating a bowl of cherries and drinking a pitcher of milk. Who knew how deadly of a cocktail those two ingredients could make?
3. We owe office comfort to Thomas Jefferson
Unbeknownst to most, the swivel chairs that we sit in every day at work were invented by none other than President Thomas Jefferson. Next time you recline in the office, don't forget to thank our third president for that privilege.
4. James Madison was our smallest president to-date.
Standing at only 5'4″ and weighing 100 lbs, Madison was perhaps the least physically imposing of the 45 presidents but definitely not the least authoritative. He supervised the Louisiana Purchase, which effectively doubled the size of our country. Talk about irony…
5. Good ol' Honest Abe had some experience in the ring before taking office
As a youth, Lincoln was a renowned wrestler in his small town of New Salem, Illinois. In fact, his wrestling exploits are so famous that he was even enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
6. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were thieves
Legend has it that, before John Adams' and Thomas Jefferson's intense rivalry came to be, they visited William Shakespeare's historic home and stole a piece of a chair as a souvenir. Even presidents aren't as squeaky clean as you may think.
7. During William Henry Harrison's term, a goat roamed the halls of the White House
President William Henry Harrison had a prized pet billy goat that he would allow to venture freely through the White House.
8. The term “OK” was popularized by President Van Buren
Without Martin Van Buren, we wouldn't really have the term “OK” as we know it today as a synonym for “alright.” During his presidential campaign, he was known around the country as “Old Kinderhook,” being that he was born in Kinderhook, New York. This was shortened by supporters to “OK,” and the rest is history.
9. As a young man, Reagan quite literally won an award for being so attractive
When he was still a strapping young actor, the beloved President Ronald Reagan won the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award.” As a result of this honor, he was allowed to pose mostly nude for curious and ambitious art students.
10. President Trump's “Make America Great Again” is not an original campaign slogan
Surprisingly, our latest POTUS Donald Trump took his “Make America Great Again” slogan from another Republican presidential candidate—recipient of the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award” Ronald Reagan. Unlike John Adams' and Thomas Jefferson's pilfering incident, this one proved to be a success, as Donald Trump is now our 45th president.
Well, there you have it, folks! What other presidential facts do you know that we might've missed? Send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org!