From Washington to Biden
George Washington didn't sleep here
John Adams gave up the ghost on the 4th of July
Thomas Jefferson and the first government cheese
James Madison was a little big man
James Monroe, political disagreements and fire tongs
John Quincy Adams had his Kodak moment
Andrew Jackson owned a potty-mouthed parrot
Martin Van Buren sprak Nederlands
William Henry Harrison pioneered the political rally
John Tyler and the Confederate Flag
James K. Polk was a one and done
Zachary Taylor, poisoned?
Millard Fillmore and his love of books
Franklin Pierce and the Christmas tree
James Buchanan had a different kind of special relationship
Abraham Lincoln and the Secret Service
Andrew Johnson, a tailor-made president
Ulysses S Grant and his best-selling memoirs
Rutherford B. Hayes is well-remembered in Paraguay
James Garfield managed the left and the right
Chester A. Arthur was a fashionista
Grover Cleveland tied the knot in the White House
Benjamin Harrison followed the family business
Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president
William McKinley and the automobile
Theodore Roosevelt, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
William Howard Taft throws a curve
Woodrow Wilson rests in Washington, DC
Warren G. Harding and his scandalous love life
Calvin Coolidge, brevity
Herbert Hoover spoke to his wife in Mandarin
Franklin Delano Roosevelt got re-re-relected
Harry S Truman and his money problems
Dwight Eisenhower, army man
John F. Kennedy faced death on several occasions
Lyndon B. Johnson knew how to quit
Richard Nixon played a mean hand
Gerald Ford and football
Jimmy Carter, who?
Ronald Reagan, labor union leader
George H. W. Bush and broccoli
Bill Clinton had a Forrest Gump-like moment
George W. Bush, the tumbling trailblazer
Barack Obama loses his cool
Donald Trump isn't exactly a lifelong Republican
Joe Biden screams for ice cream
From Washington to Biden: 46 strange facts about the 46 Presidents of the United States
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From Washington to Biden

When George Washington was elected in 1789, France had a king, China was ruled by an emperor and the Holy Roman Empire ruled a good part of Europe. Now, over 230 years later, the world has changed quite a bit, but the office of the President of the United States still remains. Here are 46 fun and curious facts about each person that has held the position so far. Can you guess some of them?

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George Washington didn't sleep here

Despite being the namesake of several higher education institutions and the US capital, George Washington never attended college and is the only US president to never have lived in Washington, DC.

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John Adams gave up the ghost on the 4th of July

John Adams and his friend and successor Thomas Jefferson died on the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Adams’s final words were “Thomas Jefferson survives”, not knowing his fellow founding father had died a few hours earlier.

In the image: A painting representing Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence.

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Thomas Jefferson and the first government cheese

The town of Cheshire, Massachusetts gave Thomas Jefferson a 1,235-pound (560 kg) cheese as a gift in 1802. Known as the Cheshire Mammoth Cheese, it was transported by sleigh and boat and remained in the White House for over two years.

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James Madison was a little big man

The Father of the Bill of Rights was the shortest US President so far, with a height of only 5 ft 4 (163 centimeters).

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James Monroe, political disagreements and fire tongs

The man behind the Monroe Doctrine, seen....... here standing in this 1912 painting, once had to defend himself with fire tongs after a disagreement with his Secretary of Treasury, William Crawford (second to the left).

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John Quincy Adams had his Kodak moment

The son of John Adams, he was the first US president to be photographed, as seen here.

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Andrew Jackson owned a potty-mouthed parrot

Andrew Jackson had a propensity for swearing, which rubbed off to his pet parrot. When Old Hickory died in 1845, guests tried to ignore the bird’s colorful outbursts during the funeral service at his home.

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Martin Van Buren sprak Nederlands

Born in a Dutch-speaking community in New York, the eighth US president is the only one so far to have English as his secondary language.

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William Henry Harrison pioneered the political rally

Harrison pioneered in many elements of modern presidential campaigns, with rallies full of songs, hard cider, and a log cabin he used to portray himself as a “man of the people”. It didn’t do much for him, since he died of pneumonia three weeks after being sworn in.

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John Tyler and the Confederate Flag

Tyler was the first Vice President to be sworn in as President of the United States. A supporter of the Confederacy, he passed away before the end of the Civil War and was buried with a casket draped by the Confederate flag instead of an American flag.

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James K. Polk was a one and done

Nicknamed the Napoleon of the Stump for his oratory skills, Polk was the first US president not to seek reelection after finishing his term.

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Zachary Taylor, poisoned?

Taylor suddenly passed after serving a year as president. Long before there were JFK conspiracy theories, there’s been speculation for over 150 years whether Taylor was poisoned.

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Millard Fillmore and his love of books

Millard Fillmore’s father supposedly owned only three books: a Bible, a hymnbook, and an almanac. However, his presidential son was a bibliophile who would carry a dictionary with him all the time and personally helped to fight a fire in the Library of Congress.

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Franklin Pierce and the Christmas tree

Franklin Pierce was the first US President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

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James Buchanan had a different kind of special relationship

James Buchanan has been the only bachelor president to date, although his intimate friendship with Alabama politician William Rufus King has been a source of speculation for over 150 years.

Pictured: James Buchanan (fourth from the left) and his cabinet in 1856.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Secret Service

Honest Abe signed the decree that created the US Secret Service on April 14, 1865. The very same day of his assassination.

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Andrew Johnson, a tailor-made president

Andrew Johnson never had any formal education and run a successful tailoring business before entering politics. He continued making his own clothes, even as president.

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Ulysses S Grant and his best-selling memoirs

He was the first US president to write his memoirs, with the intention to leave money to his family, as he was dying of throat cancer. His autobiography was published by Mark Twain and successful with critics and the public alike.

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Rutherford B. Hayes is well-remembered in Paraguay

A somewhat obscure Commander-in-Chief in the United States, the province of Presidente Hayes in Paraguay was named in his honor after ruling in Paraguay’s favor during a border arbitration with Argentina in 1878. It’s the third-largest region in the country!

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James Garfield managed the left and the right

Garfield was ambidextrous, meaning he could write with both hands without any problem. Sometimes he would write in two different languages in each hand at the same time to impress guests!

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Chester A. Arthur was a fashionista

Chester A. Arthur was known in his time for his taste and style, earning him nicknames such as Gentleman Boss and Elegant Arthur. He allegedly owned around 80 pairs of pants and would change clothes several times a day.

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Grover Cleveland tied the knot in the White House

Cleveland so far is the only president to get married in the White House. At 49, He married 21-year-old Frances Folsom who remains to this day the youngest First Lady.

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Benjamin Harrison followed the family business

Harrison came from quite a political dynasty. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence, his grandfather was President William Henry Harrison and his father was a US Representative from Ohio.

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Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president

Grover Cleveland is the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms, which is why he appears on this list twice!

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William McKinley and the automobile

William McKinley (far left) was the first US president to ever ride an automobile and was carried in an ambulance after being shot.

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Theodore Roosevelt, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Teddy Roosevelt was the first American to be granted the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1906. Elected when he was 42 years old, he’s also the youngest person to become US President to date.

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William Howard Taft throws a curve

Taft, the heaviest president in US history, was the first Commander-in-Chief to throw a ceremonial first pitch in a baseball game.

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Woodrow Wilson rests in Washington, DC

Nicknamed the Schoolmaster, he remains the only US president to have a doctorate. Wilson is also the only president buried in Washington, DC, in Washington National Cathedral.

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Warren G. Harding and his scandalous love life

Harding was known for his extramarital affairs. One of them resulted in a tell-all book 4 years after his death, which claimed he had a daughter out of wedlock.

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Calvin Coolidge, brevity

A man of few words, Calvin Coolidge’s last will and testament was only 23 words long. The very same length as this text!

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Herbert Hoover spoke to his wife in Mandarin

Hoover and his wife moved to China in 1899 and lived there for over a year. The couple managed to be fluent in Mandarin to an extent and would talk to each other in that language when they needed some privacy.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt got re-re-relected

FDR won four presidential elections, a feat impossible today ever since the Twenty-second Amendment was adopted in 1951 as a reaction to Roosevelt’s impressive presidential run.

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Harry S Truman and his money problems

Harry S Truman was allegedly in such a dire financial situation after his administration that was he and his wife had to move in with her mother in Independence, Missouri. A pension for former presidents was approved in 1958 after gossip about his poverty became public.

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Dwight Eisenhower, army man

Although known for his reputation as a military man, Eisenhower never saw active combat. He rose the ranks overseeing military camps across the United States and by the time he was appointed as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in WWII, he was one of the country’s top generals.

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John F. Kennedy faced death on several occasions

The first Catholic US President, JFK received the last rites a total of four times: When he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 1947, when he suffered an extremely high fever in Japan in 1951, after slipping into a coma following back surgery in 1954 and after his assassination, on November 23, 1963.

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Lyndon B. Johnson knew how to quit

LBJ used to have 60 smokes every day until he suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1955. He gave up the habit until January 20, 1969, the day he left office.

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Richard Nixon played a mean hand

Tricky Richard won large amounts of money by playing poker during his navy service in the Pacific Theater in WWII. Eventually, he used some of this money to finance his political career in his native California.

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Gerald Ford and football

Ford was a proficient athlete in his college days. He led the University of Michigan to win two national championships in 1932 and 1933 and got offers to play for the Detroit Lions or the Green Bay Packers. He chose to study law instead.

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Jimmy Carter, who?

Jimmy Carter was a celebrity guest in the game show ‘What’s My Line?’ in 1973, three years before he was elected president. No one in the panel knew then he was a former Georgia governor.

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Ronald Reagan, labor union leader

The Gipper, despite being known for his neoliberal economic policies, started his political career as head of a labor union, the Screen Actors Guild. He was also the first US president to visit the New York Stock Exchange while in office.

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George H. W. Bush and broccoli

George Bush disliked broccoli with a passion. In 1990, he was asked about it and stated that “I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid. And my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States. And I'm not gonna eat any more broccoli!”

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Bill Clinton had a Forrest Gump-like moment

A 16-year-old Bill Clinton met John F. Kennedy at The White House in 1963 as one of the two Arkansas delegates of a youth forum organized by the American Legion.

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George W. Bush, the tumbling trailblazer

The eldest son of George Herbert Walker Bush was known as ‘Tumbler’ by the Secret Service when his father was president. Once he got to the White House as president, George W. Bush’s code name was changed to ‘Trailblazer’.

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Barack Obama loses his cool

The first African-American US president dislikes ice cream ever since he worked one summer at an ice cream parlor in Honolulu.

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Donald Trump isn't exactly a lifelong Republican

The Donald has changed political affiliations at least five times. He registered as a Republican in 1989, joined the Independent Party of New York in 1999, switched to Democrat in 2001, returned to be a Republican in 2009, registered as an independent in 2011, and finally settled with the GOP in 2012.

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Joe Biden screams for ice cream

Unlike Barack Obama, Joe Biden really loves ice cream. After accepting the Democratic nomination in 2020, his grandchildren got him a whole pint of ice cream, just for him.

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