08 October 2008

Thursday 13 - Presidential Trivia

As most of you know, I love History. Even more, I love wierd history and bits of trivia and wierdness that most people don't know. With the current Presidential campaign, I thought I might list 13 truly odd things about the Presidency.

  1. There has never been a president whose last name started with the letters D, I , O, Q, S, U, X, Y, or Z. This election might actually eliminate one of those letters from the group.

  2. There has never been a president whose first name started with the letters E, I, K, N, O, P, Q, S, V, X, or Y. No changes coming this time around.

  3. If you want to be President, have a birthday in October. Six presidents share that month. January, February, March, and April have four Presidents each.

  4. The Yankee Doodle Dandy born on the fourth of July: Calvin Coolidge. Three Died on the fourth of July: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe.

  5. The real fathers of their country: John Tyler with 15 children and William Henry Harrison with 10 children.

  6. Can this marriage be saved? Nope! Ronald Reagan married his first wife, Jane Wyman, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

  7. Andrew Johnson was a self educated Tailor and made clothes both for himself and the members of his cabinet.

  8. John Tyler, President from 1841 to 1845, joined the Confederacy twenty years later and became the only President named a sworn enemy of the United States.

  9. When President Hoover and his wife did not wish to be overheard by others, they spoke in Chinese, and the Coolidges used sign language.

  10. All Presidents have worn glasses though some not in public.

  11. Gerald Ford was once a male model.

  12. James Garfield could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time, and a book published in 1940 contained 370 proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, including one by Garfield.

  13. Three Presidential assassinations had the same witness: Robert Todd Lincoln who was present at the assassination of his father Abraham and the shooting of both Garfield and McKinley.


Linda said...

Very interesting though it seems that it wasn't a good idea to have Todd Lincoln around if you happened to be President at the time!

And seriously about Gerald Ford???

Border Explorer said...

My goodness, that was really interesting.

eProf2 said...

Interesting trivia. I can only imagine what trivia historians will find on GWB. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

"There has never been a president whose first name started with the letters E, I, K, N, O, P, Q, S, V, X, or Y"

the 's' shouldn't be there but 'u' should be. Cleveland's first name was Stephen and Grant's first name was Hiram

the teach said...

Loved this, Jamie! Most info I really didn't know! :)

Travis said...

Mr Ford was also a stand out football player at the University of Michigan. It always struck me as so odd that he was known during his Presidency as such a klutz.