Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents

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Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents

This President’s Day, take pause to remember all the great accomplishments of previous White House Administrations – and don’t forget the juicy details. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the oddest little known facts about former leaders of this great nation.

  • Legend has it that Martin Van Buren’s campaign spawned and popularized the phrase “OK.” Van Buren was from Kinderhook, NY, which locals once called “Old Kinderhook.” His supporters were known as members of the “O.K. Club,” and the term “OK” came to mean “all right.”

  • When William Henry Harrison moved into the White House, he brought a pet Billy goat and a Durham cow named Sukey with him.

  • In an inspired campaign move, James Polk promised to serve only one term if he was elected president. (He was true to his word and left after four years.)

  • Ulysses S. Grant once earned a $20 speeding ticket for galloping his horse down Washington Street too fast.

  • When Grover Cleveland’s law partner died, he became guardian to the deceased’s 11 year-old daughter. Ten years later he married her, making her the youngest first lady in history.

  • The only U.S. President to hold a doctoral degree was Woodrow Wilson, who carried a PhD in Political Science and History from John Hopkins University.

  • Richard Nixon funded part of his first congressional campaign with poker money he won while he served in the U.S. Navy.

  • Jimmy Carter claimed he saw a UFO prior to his inauguration, and part of his stump campaigning involved promising to make all records of extraterrestrial activity open to the public eye.

  • When his acting career went on the rocks, Ronald Reagan tried his hand at stand-up comedy. (He only lasted a few weeks.)

  • George W. Bush was head cheerleader of his high school squad.



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