Presidents’ Day is a time to remember and honor all the presidents of the past and present. After last year’s contested election, this is a good time to discover some of the more dramatic tales of presidents past.
The Most Disliked President?
According to some, Donald Trump is the worst and most dangerous president to ever sit in the Oval Office. But the tenth president, John Tyler, was not well liked, either.
Tyler was the first president to face impeachment, and his own party expelled him. When he died, President Abraham Lincoln did not even give a mourning speech and the flags were not set to half-mast.
The two didn’t speak for years, but finally made amends in their old age. They even died on the same day, July 4, 1826, within hours of each other. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives,” not realizing Jefferson had beat him to the grave hours before.
Inauguration Gaffes and Mischief
President Joe Biden’s inauguration was unusual. The newly-coronated leader surrounded the area with the National Guard while restricting the people from witnessing and taking part in the momentous event. But his wasn’t the only odd induction to the Oval Office.
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant’s first inauguration in 1869 was rough. Apparently, the staff working the coat-check area couldn’t read the claim tickets, which angered the crowd. Fights broke out and some people were so frustrated, they left without claiming their belongings.
Mr. Roosevelt was a fan of Lincoln, so much so that he wore a ring that contained a lock of Honest Abe’s hair during his second inauguration in 1905. He came by that gem as a gift from Secretary of State John Hay, Lincoln’s former personal
secretary. Hay reportedly paid $100 for six strands of hair. Later, Hay took one of those strands and had it mounted into a ring with an oval piece of glass over it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Cowboy-up! The 1950s was a popular era for cowboys in the movies. Eisenhower wanted to bring some of that frontier magic to his 1953 inauguration with Montie Montana, a movie star and rodeo rider. After turning down the idea that Montana would
present the president with a 10-gallon cowboy hat, the rodeo rider showed off his talent by riding up to the parade stand on horseback and then lassoing the new president in front of a cheering crowd.