Presidents’ Day: Interesting Facts About U.S. Presidents

Hello, everyone, and happy Presidents’ Day. I’d like to share some interesting facts about the people we are celebrating, if you are celebrating. I had a lot of fun finding and reading facts about the people who were in the highest elected position in America. It was interesting and, to me, well worth it. I hope you enjoy reading these as much I did, for a little break in the hassle of your day. (Below each president, except for William Henry Harrison, there is a quote that I feel is pertinent to our lives. If you want, please comment which quote, or fact you liked the best.)


1)  George Washington’s Birthday was February 22nd and this holiday was originally a celebration of his birthday! However, it has morphed into a celebration of all presidents.

2) George Washington was the only president to be unanimously elected to office.

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“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all”

3) The shortest president was James Madison, the fourth president, standing at just 5’4″.

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“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts”

4)  Andrew Jackson, the seventh president fought in 103 duels, before becoming president, to defend his wife’s integrity.

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“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

5) William Henry Harrison, the ninth president, died just 32 days after taking office. He died from a cold, which caught, giving his inauguration speech in the rain.

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6) John Adams, the second president, often skipped school to go hunting and fishing!

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“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people”

7) Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president, won a wrestling match in 1831 against a bully in Illinois, Jack Armstrong.

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“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends”

8) Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth president received $20 a speeding Ticket riding his horse too fast down a street in Washington.

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity”

9) John F. Kennedy’s application to Harvard was pretty lackluster.

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“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures” 

10) President Obama collects “Spider-Man” and “Conan the Barbarian” comics.

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“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America- there’s the United States of America”

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!


Sources:

https://www.brainyquote.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/17/presidents-day-44-facts_n_4802776.html

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