Do you know these odd facts about the Presidents of the United States?
Presidential history can be very fascinating.
Here are 10 odd Presidential facts as well as some other interesting trivia about some of the Presidents we have had in the United States.
1. Vice President
In today’s world the Presidential candidates choose who they want to be their Vice President. It was not always set this way. The Vice President used to be the runner-up in the National Campaign. If you lost you’re the vote to become President but was the runner-up, you would then become the Vice President.
2. James Buchanan
James Buchanan was the only President of the United States to ever be a bachelor. There is some speculation that he may have been gay, but he also may have just wanted to enjoy being single. James Buchanan was engaged to be married one time, but the lady broke it off.
When James Buchanan was a senator he lived with Senator Rufus King. They were close friends and thought of their situation more along the lines of roommates; however there was much speculation that they were gay lovers. There is a lot of evidence to support the claim that James Buchanan was gay.
3. Fattest President
Our heaviest and fattest President ever was William Howard Taft. After the end of him being President he went on to lose 80 pounds and become active again in the outdoors. He needed to lose the excess weight because of complications from Diabetes. William Howard Taft weighed up to 340 pounds at his highest weight.
4. Hot Pepper
The 12th President of the United States was Zachary Taylor. Zachary Taylor was the last President to own slaves while he was in Office.
Zachary Taylor had a granddaughter named Anita Vincent Stauffer who married John Avery McIlhenny. John Avery McIlhenny is the son of the man who created the world famous Tabasco sauce that we still enjoy today.
Zachary Taylor was supposed to be sworn in as President of the United States on March 4th. Because March 4th was a Sunday, Zachary Taylor refused to get sworn in as President until the following day.
5. One in the Bush
Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States and is a distant Cousin to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
A few weeks after Franklin Pierce was elected President he was traveling by train with his wife and son. There was an accident and Franklin Pierce’s son had his head cutoff in front of his father.
6. Out of Debt
Andrew Jackson was the only President who was able to ever pay off the National debt. Unfortunately it did not last very long, but it is still a remarkable achievement.
Andrew Jackson had a man named Robert B. Randolph kicked out of the Navy for embezzling money. Randolph found President Andrew Jackson and hit him in the head with a brick. Randolph then took off and was caught. One of the people that were pursing Randolph after he attacked the President was the writer Washington Irving. Washington Irving is best known for his books The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Randolph was caught but the President decided not to press charges against him.
7. Well Built House
Millard Fillmore built a house in 1825 and moved into it in 1926. This home still stands in the in the town Aurora, New York. This historic home can still be seen at 24 Shearer Avenue, East Aurora, New York. It is a National Historic Landmark and is now used as the Millard Fillmore Museum. President Millard Fillmore could have had a successful career as a homebuilder.
The home has been moved twice from its original location. In all fairness the home was in serious disrepair until Margaret Evans Price purchased the home and fixed it up and had it moved to its current location. Margaret was married to Irving Price who started the Fisher-Price toy company.
8. Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford was born with the name Leslie Lynch King, Jr. His mother left his father shortly after he was born because of the father’s alcoholism.
In 1935 the future President decided to take his step fathers name, and had his name legally changed to Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.
Gerald Ford was a talented athlete and had a couple of offers to play professional football. He declined the offers so he could go to law school.
Gerald Ford is the only President who was never voted in as either the President or Vice President.
9. Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge was the first President to use radio to broadcast a political speech.
10. The Oregon Question
The Oregon Territory which consists of the States now called Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. Starting in 1818 both the United States and the United Kingdom lay claim to this area. It was occupied by both Countries.
In the United States there were those who simply wanted to keep all of the Oregon Territory and not let the United Kingdom have any claim to it at all. President James Polk wanted to split the land and allow the U.K. to have a share of it. There was no need to fight over it he thought. The U.K. did not want to split up the land the way it had previously been offered. James Polk once again offered to split up the Oregon Territory at the 49th parallel, but the U.K. didn’t like that proposal. When they refused President Polk’s offer he then cut off all negotiations with the U.K. about the Oregon Territory. Eventually the matter was decided at the deal made with the U.K. was credited to President Polk.
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