I was just lurking around the web as usual when I came across some weird and true facts about the presidents of the USA. I think a lot of ATSers would
be interested in this. So were we go
Did you know that George Washington wasn’t actually the first usa president? A man called John
was, he was considered to be a ‘man of color’ because of his Moorish background. The Constitutional Congress to the office of
"President of the United States in Congress Assembled elected him on November 5th 1781, he served for a year and was later followed by 6 other
presidents before George Washington.
Did You know that president Grover Cleveland
?, he instead sent someone else in his place in the army. He got a lot of stick by an
opponent called james blaine
,but it was later found out that blaine had done the same
President Ulysses S. Grant
was stopped and convicted of exceeding the speed limit
whilst on his horse in Washington DC, he was issued with a $20 fine.
Weird Presidential Facts
President Garfield could write in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other... at the same time!
thomas Jefferson invented the coat hanger, the hideaway bed, the calendar clock and the dumbwaiter.
Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence criticized the institution of slavery. this original draft was also written on
President James Buchanan was the only bachelor to occupy the Oval Office. His niece, Harriet Lane, played the role of First Lady.
President Washington was the wealthiest man in American at the time of his election as President, but he had to borrow money to attend his
inauguration. His enormous wealth was attributed the vast property that he owned which produced almost no cash flow.
John Tyler, who was President from 1841 to 1845, joined the Confederacy twenty years later and became the only President named a sworn enemy of the
President Andrew Jackson believed the world was flat and FDR was so superstitious, that he would never leave town on a Friday and never sit at a table
with 13 people.
Did you know that A man named David Rice Atchison
was apparently president of the usa for
a while ONE DAY
?. According to the law at the time, if neither the President nor the Vice President were in office, the President Pro Tem of
the Senate (Atchinson) became President. On March 4, 1849, President Polk's term had expired and President-elect Taylor could not yet be sworn in
because it was a Sunday. Atchinson did not realize that he had been President for a day until several months later.
The biggest president loser of all time??
I wonder who you can guess who the following is about.
At 22 yrs old he already had a failed business under his belt.
At 23 he lost a bid for U.S Congress.
At 24 he had another failed business.
The following year he was finally elected to state legislater, but he lost his sweetheart when he was 26 years old, this then lead to a full nervous
breakdown by the time he was 27.
When he was 29, he was defeated for the post of Speaker of the House in the state legislature.
When he was 31, he was defeated as Elector.
When he was 34, he ran for Congress again and lost.
At 37, he ran for Congress yet again and finally won, but two years later he lost his re-election campaign.
At the age of 46, he ran for a U.S. Senate seat and lost. The following year he ran for Vice President and lost.
Finally, at the age of 51, he was elected President of the United States.
Do you know who he is yet? It was none other than CLICK ME TO FIND OUT
Did you know that Tomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day? July 4th 1826. Jefferson's last words were: "Is it the fourth?" This
coincidentally was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence.
Jefferson and Adams die on same day
Did you know that Robert Todd Lincoln
was at the assassinations of none other than 3
presidents :O, his father's, President Garfield's and President McKinley's. He would not have been present at these events if it hadn't been for the
brother of John Wilkes Booth
, who saved his life years earlier.
Makes you wonder who the real target was LOL
Heres an interesting fact for you: There is a belief that a curse has been responsible of the deaths of every US president before the end of their
term in office, if they were elected in a year that ended with 0. The first victim of the curse was William Henry Harrison, whose troops killed the
Indian chief in 1813.
Harrison, elected in 1840, died of pneumonia after serving 31 days in office.
Lincoln, elected in 1860, assassinated.
Garfield, elected in 1880, assassinated.
McKinley, elected to a second term in 1900, assassinated.
Harding, elected in 1920, died of a stroke in 1923.
Roosevelt, elected to a third term in 1940, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945.
Kennedy, elected in 1960, assassinated.
Reagan, elected in 1980, survived an attempted assassination.
This was the curse of Indian chief Tecumseh
Which was meant to have lasted 30 years.
Strange But True
Prophetic Presidents - Lincoln prophesized his own death and even warned Congress about it. Washington prophesied the great future of the United
States, including the victories in two Great Wars, and overcoming the devastation of a third (yet to occur?) global conflict.
All in the Family Affair?
Franklin Roosevelt was related to Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and even his own wife, Eleanor, a second cousin. Although the relationship with
the Roosevelt's was an uncomfortable situation for many people, there was strange twist to the First Couples marriage. For 30 plus years, from 1932
on, Eleanor Roosevelt had an affair with another woman
, Associated Press reporter Lenora Hickok.
Eleanor wrote well over 2,300 passionate love letters to Hicky which Hicky saved on the condition that they not be published until 10 years after
Sources and Other strange president Facts
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edit on 1/6/11 by ronishia because: (no reason given)
edit on 1/6/11 by ronishia because: killin those damned