Funny and Strange Facts About the U.S. Presidents

George Washington

Had dentures-but they weren't made of wood. They were made of hippopotamus ivory, bone, animal and human teeth, lead, brass screws and gold wire!

John Adams

Visited William Shakespeare's home in England and chipped off a piece of wood off Shakespeare's chair for a souvenir.

Thomas Jefferson

Hated public speaking so much that he only gave two speeches during his presidency-one per term.

William McKinley

McKinley considered carnations his good luck charm and wore them everywhere. On September 6, 1901, he gave a little girl the carnation from his lapel and was shot by an assassin a short time later. He died the following week.

Andrew Jackson

Was involved in an estimated 100 pistol duels. In 1806, he was shot in the chest during one of these duels--and lived!

William H. Harrison

Gave the longest inauguration speech ever (90+minutes!) on a wet, cold day in 1841. He soon became sick and died 33 days later.

James Buchanan

Was the only U.S. President not married.

Abraham Lincoln

Participated in 300 wrestling matches...and he won all of them except for one.

Andrew Johnson

Was the only president to be impeached.

Ulysses S. Grant

Could not stand the sight of blood.

Rutherford B. Hayes

Was called Granny Hayes because he didn't smoke or drink alcohol.

Benjamin Harrison

He was the first president to have electricity in the White House and was so scared of being electrocuted that he refused to touch the light switches and was known to go to bed with all the lights on.

James A. Garfield

He could write the Greek language with one hand while writing Latin with the other! This is called being ambidextrous. Are you ambidextrous?

Chester A. Arthur

In order to raise funds to redecorate the White House he sold off 24 wagon loads of historical relics, including a pair of Lincoln's pants.

Grover Cleveland

Upon the death of his law partner, Cleveland became the legal guardian to his law partner's 11-year-old orphaned daughter. Ten years later, they were married at the White House, making her the youngest First Lady ever at the age of 21.

Woodrow Wilson

In 1919, incredible stress led to Wilson experiencing a series of strokes. He was left partially paralyzed and almost blind, but stayed in office until 1921. He relied heavily on his wife Edith Bolling Galt, who was a direct descendant of Pocahontas.

Calvin Coolidge

President Coolidge had two pet raccoons named Reuben and Rebecca, who would sometimes run around loose inside the White House.

Herbert Hoover

Hoover and his wife lived in China for several years and they would speak Chinese in the White House when they wanted to have a private conversation.

John F. Kennedy

President Kennedy received $1 million on his 21st birthday--and all his 9 brothers and sisters received the same amount on their birthdays also!

Richard Nixon

Nixon loved to bowl so much that he had a one-lane alley installed in the basement of the White House.

Herbert Hoover

Hoover and his wife lived in China for several years and they would speak Chinese in the White House when they wanted to have a private conversation.

Gerald Ford

President Ford's real name was-Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

Ronald Reagan

Reagan loved jellybeans and kept a large jar of them on his desk in the Oval Office.

Bill Clinton

President Clinton has a photographic memory-which means he remembers all that he reads and learns.

Richmond, T. (2015, January 01). [Digital images]. Retrieved April 3, 2018, from tomrichmond.com All presidential caricatures were drawn by Tom Richmond.