10. Play ball!
Taft was the first president to throw the first ball of baseball season, beginning a tradition that continues today. The game was a 1910 game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics. The Senators won 3-0.
9. Tone deaf
Taft was tone deaf and had to be nudged whenever the national anthem was played.
8. First to own a car
Taft was the first president to own a car. He converted the stables into a garage.
7. Last to have a cow
Taft was the last president to keep a cow at the White House to provide fresh milk. Her name was Pauline. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About William Taft”
10. First to leave the country
Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside of the continental United States while in office. In 1906, he traveled to Panama.
9. Church and State
Although Roosevelt had been a Sunday school teacher, he believed strongly in the separation of Church and State. While taking the oath of office during his inauguration after McKinley’s assassination, he did not swear on the Bible.
When the $20 gold coin was designed in 1907, the words “In God We Trust” were not present. In a letter written by Roosevelt, he said it was irreverent to have the words printed on the coins because the money was used to buy worldly goods and services. After public outcry, Congress passed legislation requiring “In God We Trust” be restored to all U.S. coins which it had been previously printed on.
8. Nobel Peace Prize
In 1906, Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role of negotiator in the Russo-Japanese War. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize.
7. A multitasking homeschooler
Roosevelt’s education was mostly homeschooling by his parents and tutors. He was an avid reader and developed a photographic memory. It is said he was a great multitasker, able to dictate letters and memos to two separate secretaries while browsing through a book at the same time. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About Theodore Roosevelt”
10. First in an automobile
McKinley was the first president to ride in an automobile while in office. After he was shot, he was transported to the hospital in an electric ambulance.
9. McKinley showed compassion for his assassin
After Leon Frank Czolgosz shot McKinley, the crowd subdued him and began to beat him severely. The wounded McKinley shouted “Boys! Don’t let them hurt him!”
8. Telephone campaign
McKinley was the first president to use a telephone to campaign.
7. Presidential war buddies
During the Civil War, McKinley’s commanding officer was Rutherford B. Hayes, who also became President of the United States. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About William McKinley”
10. A President’s grandson
Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States. Benjamin was seven years old when his grandfather was elected president.
9. First electricity in the White House
Harrison was the first president to use electricity in the White House, installed by Edison General Electric Company. However, he and his wife would not touch the light switches for fear of being electrocuted and often went to bed with the lights left on.
8. Harrison was a big talker
Once, over a period of thirty days, Harrison made 140 completely different speeches.
7. Indiana roots
Benjamin Harrison was the first and only president from Indiana. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About Benjamin Harrison”
10. A sharp dressed man
Arthur was sometimes called “elegant Arthur” for his interest in fashionable attire and on his last day in office, four young women offered to marry him. It was said he had over eighty pairs of pants and often changed them several times a day.
9. A skilled fisherman
Arthur belonged to the Restigouche Salmon Club, a group of fishermen from New York who traveled to Canada to fish. A skilled fisherman, he once reportedly caught an eighty pound bass off the coast of Rhode Island.
8. Late night strolls
Arthur liked to take friends on late night walks around Washington, D.C., sometimes as late as three or four in the morning. It was rare for him to be in bed before two o’clock.
7. Arthur requested standardized time
At the request of President Arthur, the International Meridian Conference was held in Washington, D.C. in October 1884 to determine the Prime Meridian of the world. The conference established the Greenwich Meridian and international standardized time, which are both still recognized today. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About Chester Arthur”
10. Garfield was a southpaw
Garfield was the first left handed president. He was also the first ambidextrous president. It is said you could ask him a question in English and he could simultaneously write the answer in Greek with one hand and in Latin with the other.
9. Garfield was the last of the log cabin presidents
Garfield was the last of seven presidents who were born in a log cabin.
8. Garfield’s mother was a first
President Garfield’s mother was the first president’s mother to attend her son’s inauguration.
7. One of three presidents in 1881
Only two times in American history have there been three presidents in the same year. The first time was in 1841. The second was in 1881 when Rutherford Hayes relinquished the office to Garfield. When Garfield died later that year, Chester Arthur became president. Continue reading “10 Interesting Facts About James Garfield”