President’s Day is a day to celebrate the country’s commanders in chief. Here are some fun facts about our nation’s past leaders.
Thomas Jefferson: During the War of 1812, the British burned down the Library of Congress. Jefferson stepped in and sold the library his own collection of 6,487 books.
James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
John Quincy Adams must not have been too shy. As part of his morning exercise routine, he liked to go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River.
Martin Van Buren was the first president born a citizen of the United States and the only one who spoke English as a second language. His native language was Dutch.
Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson were the tallest presidents at six feet four inches. Lincoln liked to wrestle and he was defeated only once out of about 300 matches. He got into the Wrestling Hall of Fame with the honor of “Outstanding American.” He liked to store papers and other goodies under his tall hat.
James Garfield was ambidextrous. He could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other – at the same time.
Benjamin Harrison was the first to have electricity in the White House. However, the new technology scared him and he would never turn on the light switches himself.
William McKinley had an Amazon parrot named Washington Post. The bird had a job as the White House greeter. McKinley would whistle the first few notes of Yankee Doodle Dandy and Post would finish the rest.
Calvin Coolidge liked to play practical jokes. Sometimes he would press all the service buttons in the Oval office which sent ringing bells through the White House. He would then hide and watch everyone run around trying to figure out what to do.
George W. Bush was captain of the cheerleading team during his senior year of high school.