George Washington's teeth weren't wooden! Contrary to popular belief, the country's first president had dentures made of gold, ivroy, lead, and animal teeth.
John Adams used to skip school! As a young boy, John Adams would often skip school, choosing instead to spend his time hunting and fishing.
Thomas Jefferson Founded the University of Virginia! Jefferson founded the university in 1819 on land that once belonged to eventual President James Monroe. Jefferson is the only president ot have ever founded an institution of higher learning.
Madison was Princeton's first grad student. After finishing his undergraduate degree in 2 years, James Madison stayed at the universit for an additional year, making him the Ivy League institution's first graduate student.
The capital of Liberia was named after Monroe. Because of his prominent support for the colonization of Liberia, the country decided to name their capital city, Monrovia, after James Monroe.
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John Quincy Adams regularly skinny-dipped in the Potomac River. Adams was known for his early morning dips in D.C.'s main waterway, always in the nude.
Andrew Jackson taught his parrot to curse. The parrot had to be removed from President Jackson's funeral because it wouldn't stop swearing.
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Martin Van Buren popularized the phrase "OK." Suppposedly, President Van Buren commonly used phrases to date: "OK," or "Okay." Van Buren was from Kinderhook, NY which was also called "Old Kinderhook." His support groups came to be known as "O.K. Clubs" and the term "OK" came to mean "all right."
During his brief tenure as president, William Henry Harrison had a pet billy goat with him at the White House.
John Tyler was an awesome violinist. During his presidency, Tyler often played violin at parties to entertain guests at the White House, and he actually aspired to be a concert violinist.
James K. Polk promised not to seek a second term if elected. Polk, probably aware that many other politicians desired to run for the office, made an explicit campaign promise that if he was elected president, he would leave after 4 years, a promise that he kept.
Taylor had a really cool nickname. Zachary Taylor's nickname was "Old Rough and Ready," which he acquired from admiring soldiers while he was fighting the Seminole War.
Millard Fillmore fought pirates. When he was still working as a fisherman, Fillmore and his crew were captured by pirates. After working on the ship for several months, Fillmore and several others on board revolted against the pirates, recaptures the ship, and brough it to Boston harbor, where the pirates were hanged.
Franklin Pierce didn't swear his oath of office. He instead affirmed it, placing his hand on a law book rather than a Bible.
James Buchanan was a bachelor. Buchanan was the only president to never marry, instead remaining a bachelor his entire life.
Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler. When Abe Lincoln moved to New Salem, Illinois in 1831, he ran into a local bully named Jack Armstrong. Armstrong challenged Lincoln to a wrestling match outside of Denton Offutt's store, where Lincoln was a clerk, and townspeople gathered to watch and wager on it. Lincoln won.
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Andrew Johnson was drunk during his inauguration. He reportedly put back a significant amount of whiskey beforehand and was noticeably drunk during his speech.
Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket on a horse. The 18th president of the United States was given a $20 speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast down a Washington Street.
During his presidency, Rutherford B. Hayes banned alcohol from the White House, allegedly for political reasons as he tried to gain support from anti-alcohol Prohibitionists.
James A. Garfield was ambidexterous. Not only was he the first president to be both a righty and a lefty, but it was said he could write a senetence in Latin with one hand and write it in Greek with the other hand.
Chester A. Arthur was a sharp dresser and a night owl. Not only was Arthur a very sharp dresser (he owned over 80 pairs of pants), but he often took late night strolls around D.C. with friends, not returning home until 3 or 4 in the morning.
Grover Cleveland was legal guardian to the girl he later married. When Cleveland's law partner Oscar Folsom died, Cleveland became the girls's legal guardain. Frances Folsom was 11 years old at the time. Oddly enough, ten years later, they got married at the White House. She remains the youngest First Lady in the history of the United States, having been just 21 when they married.
Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity. Harrison was the sitting president when electricity was first installed in the White House. However, he was scared of being electrocuted and refused to touch the light switches.
Grover Cleveland had an artificial jaw. Since Cleveland is the only president to ever serve two non-consecutive terms, he warrants two fun facts. While he was president, doctors discovered that Cleveland had a cancerous lesion in his mouth, and they had to remove most of his upper-left jaw as a result. A prosthodontist then installed an artificial jaw made of vulcanized rubber. Cleveland kept the surgery a secret, fearing public concerns over his health, and the entire operation took place on his friend's yacht.
William McKinley was tech savvy. He was the first presidential candidate to campaign using the telephone.
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Theodore Roosevelt had really bad asthma. In his early childhood, Teddy Roosevelt suffered from very severe asthma. Because there were no inhalers or special treatments for astha at the time, he was often sick as a young boy. However, he began to regularly exercise in order to combat the illness and, aside from the occasional asthma attack, he eventually overcame it.
William Taft swore in later presidents. After leaving office, Taft became the only ex-president to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, effectively becoming the only person to serve as the head of two branches of government. In doing so, he swore in both Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover to the presidency.
Woodrow Wilson had a PhD. To date, he's the only president to hold a doctorate degree, making him the highest educated president in the history of the United States. He was awarded the degree in Political Science and History from Johns Hopkins University. He also passed the Georgia Bar Exam despite not finishing law school.
Warren G. Harding lost the White House china in a poker game. Harding really liked to gamble, although it seems he wasn't very good at it. In one poker game, he bet the White House china collection and lost it all in one hand.
Calvin Coolidge had a really weird morning ritual. Coolidge had a morning ritual in which someone rubbed Vaseline on his head while he ate breakfast in bed.
Herbert Hoover spoke Chinese. Hoover moved his family to China before becoming president and he and his wife learned to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. They would speak the language around the White House to prevent others from understanding them.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has a movie credit. Late one night at a dinner party, FDR regaled guests with a premise for a mystery novel. Magazine editor Fulton Oursler was in attendance, and he hired some mystery writers to flesh out the premise to a novel, which was then adapted into a move, "The President's Mystery." FDR received a "story by" credit.
Harry Truman was a failed haberdasher (a seller of men's clothing). Before becoming president, Truman owned a haberdashery business (a men's clothing store), which went bankrupt in 1921.
Dwight D. Eisenhower almost had his leg amputated. As a freshman in high school, Eisenhower injured his knee, and the wound caused an infection that doctors feared could kill him. They recommended that the leg be amputate, but Eisenhower loved playing sports so much that he refused the operation, and he somehow made a miraculous recovery.
John F. Kennedy had a shoddy Harvard application. JFK's application to study at Harvard was fairly unimpressive by today's standards. Not only that, but his own father, a Harvard alum, gave him a pretty underwhelming recommendation, saying that young Jack was "careless and lacks application."
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Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was very comfortable in the bathroom. He was famous among White House staffers for having no shame about asking people to follow him into the bathroom to continue conversations as he relieved himself.
Richard Nixon was a card shark. While in the navy, Nixon noticed that his friends were winning money in poker games. Always the opportunist, Nixon had the bets poker player in his unit teach him now to play the game. Within only a few months, Nixon had won around $6,000 in poker games, which he used to fund his first congressional campaign.
Gerald and his wife, Betty, Ford were fashion models. In the 1940's Gerald Ford did a bit of modeling and even posed on the ocver of "Cosmopolitan." His wife, Betty, was also a dancer and fashion model, who signed with the John Robert Powers modeling firm to finance her dance education.
Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer. When he was younger, Carter took over and ran his family's peanut farm. As a tribute to his past, he had a giant peanut-shaped balloon in his inaugural parade.
Ronald Reagan did stand-up. In 1954, Reagan's acting career was going so badly that he took a gig as a Las Vegas stand-up comic for a few weeks.
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George H. W. Bush was a really good athlete. In high school, Bush was the captain of both the varsit baseball and soccer teams, and he played as a forward on the school's basketball team.
Bill Clinton is a two-time Grammy winner. Clinton took home the 2004 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children along with Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren for the narration on the Russian National Symphony's "Wolf Track and Peter and the Wolf." Then in 2005, he won the Best Spoken Word Grammy for the audiobook of "My Life." His wife, Hillary Clinton, also won a Best Spoken Word Grammy for the audiobook of 1997's "It Takes a Village."
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George W. Bush was a cheerleader in high school. In addition to playing baseball, Bush was the school's head cheerleader. He would often organize exuberant pep talks and skits during weekly assemblies.
Barack Obama is a comic book nerd. President Obama collects "Spider-Man" and "Conan the Barbarian" comic books, and has ready every "Harry Potter" book.