Shocking Presidential Facts

  • February 18, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Each year in February, on the third Monday of the month, we celebrate President’s Day.  The banks and post offices are closed, and the kids are out of school, and for most this holiday rounds out what has traditionally become winter’s favorite three day weekend.  Although the stores are filled with epic sales and three day weekends are always welcome, this holiday is really meant to pay homage to the men who have served as America’s greatest leader, the President of the United States.  In honor of President’s Day (and to make it a whole heckuva lot more fun!) we’ve put together some little-known trivia as well as fun facts about the men that have held America’s highest office.  Enjoy!

Sizing them up:  The shortest and likely the smallest President was James Madison, who stood at only 5’ 4” tall and was said to weigh less than 100 pounds. The tallest president was Abraham Lincoln who was 6’ 4” tall.  William Howard Taft was by far the most rotund President, weighing in at 322 pounds.   It has been rumored that once President Taft actually got stuck in the White House bathtub after which he promptly ordered a new one to be installed.  The new tub was so large that it would actually hold 4 average sized men.  (Sounds like a hot tub party to me…)

Age Appropriate:  The oldest Pres to ever hold office was Ronald Reagan, who took office at the ripe old age of 69 years old.  The youngest elected President was John F. Kennedy who took office at the age of 43, although after President William McKinley was assassinated in New York in 1901, Roosevelt then took office and at that time Roosevelt was a mere babe at the age of 42.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!  The tradition of the Presidential first pitch that opened up baseball season began with William Taft.  Since this time, every President except one has opened up at least one baseball season by tossing out the infamous first pitch.  The one exception:  Jimmy Carter, who apparently just wasn’t a baseball fan.

You Can’t Say That Here!  Andrew Jackson’s potty mouth Parrot wouldn’t stop swearing and cursing at his own owner’s funeral and due to the obscene disruption was promptly removed! 

We Don’t Need No Education: Andrew Johnson was the only President that never attended a single day of school in his entire life.  Not one. 

Didn’t You See that Speed Limit Sign?  Ulysses S. Grant apparently didn’t and was said to have received an actual speeding ticket to the tune of twenty big ones.  His big offense?  Riding his horse (yes…his horse!) too fast.

Oh How Embarrassing: Dwight Eisenhower’s dog was apparently banned from the White House after it left a “present” on the floor of the diplomatic reception area.  Diplomatic, indeed.

Take that, Kitty Cat!  Theodore Roosevelt was said to have once killed a mountain lion single handedly with nothing but his personal knife after the lion went after and attacked his dogs.

Saved By Electoral College! John Q. Adams, Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush all hold the distinction of winning the Presidential election without actually winning the popular vote.

Wayyy Too Much Talking:  William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia one month to the day after giving the longest U.S. Presidential Inaugural speech on record.  That takes talking yourself out to a whole new level.

Happy President’s Day from Halloween Express!