7 interesting facts about Presidents of the United States

We've prepared some tasty trivias about Presidents of the United States for today's Presidents' Day.

1. President's moustache and excess weight

William Howard Taft, in office 1909-13, was the last POTUS that had a moustache and was significantly overweight. He served his country on the brink of modern mass media - colored photos in newspapers, birth of the cinematography. President's look became more important for public. In 20th and and 21st century, there were no POTUS shorter than 6 foot.

2. President's racoon

Cats and dogs were frequent tenants of the White House - for example Sock, Bill Clinton's cat. But the most bizarre animal was Rebecca the racoon, owned by Grace Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge's wife.

3. Ghost of the White House

The White House is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the USA. Many of its previous tenants never left the building. The most famous ghost, seen by Winston Churchil, Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, is Abraham Lincoln. David Burns, former owner of the land on which the White House was built, is also said to wander around in cold nights.

4. 9.3% chance to die

Being the POTUS is without any doubt a great honour - but also a great danger. 4 out of 43 presidents were assassinated. Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James Garfield in 1881, William McKinley in 1901 and John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963.

5. James the bachelor

James Buchanan, 15th POTUS, never got married. His niece, Harriet Lane, served as the First Lady. This clumsy politician started his tenure in a very difficult times, just before the Civil War.

6. Well... that was quick

William Henry Harrison served the shortest tenure in US history. He died of pneumonia after 31 days of presidency. Harrison got sick after his inauguration speech, the longest one ever (over 2 hours).

7. Never elected

US democracy can be very baffling. In 1973, Gerald Ford was appointed to the Vice Presidency by Richard Nixon. One year later, he became the POTUS just after Nixon's resignation. Lost to Jimmy Carter in actual election in 1976.

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  • Kevin

    Romney might have forgotten the British stood up to Hitler all those yrs alosmt by themselves. The Americans didn’t get into the game until much, much later. Romney also didn’t seem to remember Britian had Canadian & Australian troops out their dying well before the Americans got there. He might also remember the Americans made a ton of money off of that war.Yes, Britain is a small country, size wise & being such they are much more enviornemntal with smallher homes & roads. They don’t waste much unlike the Americans with their highways & urban sprawl.As usual romney has put his foot in his mouth. If he doesn’t even understand England how can the Americans expect him to understand more cmplicated countries. He is going to make Bush’s gaffe’s look like rocket science.He might also want to remember the Brits never had a bunch of idiots take out a large building in London wiht a plane, since WWII. When the brits had problems with terrorists, they deal with it quickly & much more efficiently than the Americans have.

  • Nigel

    Most of the enlisted ones come from the rural or low inmoce urban areas. You have to remember theres a difference between enlist and commosioned. Those are two different worlds. This is someone who comes from an enlistment family and married an officer family.

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