William McKinley was the first president to campaign by telephone.
Franklin Pierce gave his 3,319-word inaugural
address from memory, without the aid of notes.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to call his residence in
Washington, D.C. the "White House." Prior to his term, it had been called
the Executive Mansion or the President’s House.
James Madison was the shortest and lightest
president at 5 feet, 4 inches and about 100
Lyndon B. Johnson was the first American
president to name an African American to
James Monroe was wounded during the
When Millard Fillmore moved into the White
House, it didn't have a Bible. He and his wife, Abigail, installed the first
John Quincy Adams dug the first spade of dirt
near Little Falls to begin the construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
on July 4, 1828.
Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and
kitchen stove in the White House.
Andrew Jackson was the first president to ride a railroad train.
Barack Obama collects Spiderman and Conan the
Barbarian comic books.
Zachary Taylor received his nomination for
presidency late because he refused all postage due correspondences.
Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph never mentioning that he served
as president. His epitaph read, "Author of
the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia
for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only American president to be elected four times. After
his service, the 22nd Amendment ratified in 1951, limited the presidential
office to two terms.
was a man of perseverance. Before Lincoln’s election as the 16th president
of the United States he failed as a business man, storekeeper, and farmer.
He also failed in his first attempt to obtain political office, when he
sought the office of speaker, in his first attempt to go to Congress, when
he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office, when he ran for
the United States Senate and when friends sought for him the nomination for
the vice-presidency in 1856.
James K. Polk fulfilled all his campaign
promises. During his administration Polk acquired California from Mexico,
settled the Oregon dispute, lowered tariffs, established a sub-treasury, and
retired from office after one term.
Chester A. Arthur enjoyed walking at night and
seldom went to bed before 2 a.m.
Lyndon B. Johnson was the only president to take the oath of office from a
female official, Judge Sarah T. Hughes.
Harry S. Truman use to get up at 5 o'clock in
the morning to practice the piano for two hours.
Zachary Taylor was the second president to die in office. Taylor spent
July 4, 1850, at a ceremony at the Washington Monument. He became ill from
the heat and died five days later of intestinal ailments. Recently, his body
was exhumed because some believed he was poisoned, but this was proved to be