Interesting Tidbits about Presidents

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    1. First U.S. president George Washington rejected a movement among army officers to make him king of the United States.

    2. Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. president, dueled with Charles Dickinson after he insulted Jackson's marriage. Jackson let his opponent fire first, giving himself time to take aim. Jackson took a bullet in the chest and, without flinching, calmly killed his man.

    3. James Buchanan, 15th U.S. president and the first unmarried man to be elected president, reportedly took great pride in his tiny feet, although he was a large robust man.

    4. Often depicted wearing a tall black stovepipe hat, 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln carried letters, bills, and notes in his hat.

    5. The 18th U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but when he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1839, his name was mistakenly registered as Ulysses Simpson Grant. It stuck, and his classmates dubbed him "U.S.," "Sam," and "Uncle Sam" Grant.

    6. Both ambidextrous and multilingual, 20th president of the United States James Garfield could write Greek with one hand while writing Latin with the other.

    7. William Taft, 27th president of the United States, weighed more than 300 pounds and had a special oversized bathtub installed in the White House.

    8. The 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson allowed sheep to graze on the White House lawn during World War I; their wool helped raise money for the Red Cross.

    9. The 38th president of the United States, Gerald Ford turned down offers to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.

    10. As a young lifeguard at a riverside beach near Dixon, Illinois, future 40th U.S. president Ronald Reagan rescued 77 people from drowning.

    11. An avid golfer, 42nd U.S. president Bill Clinton was infamous for taking a high number of "mulligans," or "do-overs" while playing. The only Rhodes-scholar president also developed a reputation for creative math skills in tallying his score; according to one report, Clinton once took some 200 swings to record a score of 82. (Poor Bill. He couldn't even be honest when engaged in pasttimes!)

    12. The 43rd U.S. president, George W. Bush was head cheerleader at Phillips Academy, a prep school in Andover, Massachusetts, where his father had been a legendary student leader and athlete. Nicknamed "Lip," George W. also organized an intramural stickball league at the school.
     
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    Why is Clinton such a bad golfer?

    He'll go for any hole!

    ok, sorry ...didn't mean to hijack the thread.

    The rest were interesting! They don't teach you those cool tidbits in school. Stuff like that makes history more interesting.
     
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    :eek2: How impressive is that!!!
     
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    No kidding. I might be able to write with both hands in English (one always ends up backwards for some reason), but two languages at once! No way. Amazing!
     
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    LOL!!!!
     

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