Top Ten Weird Facts About American Presidents


 

5. The Dueling President

Andrew Jackson was not your prototypical presidential nominee. Known for his parties and penchant for drink as well as his disdain for high society, Jackson was more of a rouge than anyone bargained for to hold the office of the most powerful person in the country. Jackson was known for being a little hotheaded and in fact was involved in reportedly over 100 duels during his lifetime. Most of these duels revolved around defending the honor of his wife, Rachel, and Jackson was known to have a bullet lodged in both his chest and arm from a duel and a barroom fight with a Missouri senator.

 

4. Bullet Point Speech

Andrew Jackson wasn’t the only president to have a bullet lodged in him for quite some time. Just before a speech while running at his second run for presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot in an attempted assassination in Milwaukee. This did not phase the president, who, after seeing to the fact that the assassin was caught, went on to deliver his hour long speech with the bullet lodged in his chest before being rushed to a hospital for removal.

 

3. Prankster President

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States and known for being more of a thinker than a talker. A small government minded Republican from Vermont, as Vice President he became President after the death of Warren G. Harding and subsequently won re-election. Coolidge however, was also known to play small pranks, the most famous of which would be to press all of the buttons on his desk which called to all of his staffer’s then hide. When they would arrive, he would appear from behind a closet and claim he was ‘just seeing if everyone was working.’

 

2. In Through The Back Door

President Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, could be seen by many as pretty lucky in politics. A long term Congressman, Ford has a rare distinction in the White House that may never be duplicated. Ford was appointed as the Vice President to Richard Nixon when Spiro Agnew resigned from his office. Subsequently, on August 9th 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, thus making Gerald Ford president. Ford is the only person to never win either Vice President or President elections to still serve in both capacities.

 

1. The Lincoln-Kennedy Conspiracy

While conspiracy theories are usually crackpot ideas that can be easily dismissed as coincidence, there is one set of similarities and oddities that give even seasoned skeptics a bit of a head scratch. Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy share a remarkable set of coincidences that have been subject of trivia since Kennedys assassination. Both men were shot in the head on a Friday seated beside their wives, Lincoln was in Box 7 in the theater while Kennedy was in Car 7 of the motorcade in Dallas, both assassins went by three names (Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth), Lincoln was shot in a theater and Booth was later captured in a warehouse while Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was eventually captured in a theater, both were elected to the House of Representatives in ’46, runners up in the VP nomination in ’56 and both were elected president in ’60, both were succeeded by southern Democrats with the last name Johnson, Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater and Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln Limo made by Ford among many other similarities.

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