Top Ten Weird Facts About American Presidents

The President of The United States is a prolific job that is wrought with its own stress, complexities and danger. Presidents deal with such massively important decisions and are so prevalent on television and the media in general that it is sometimes difficult to see them as regular people. Presidents are regular people who deal with silly little things and have weird coincidences and absurdities that happen to all of us. Here are ten things that you may not know about some of our US presidents.


10. Something Interesting about Two Post-War Presidents

The middle name of U.S. Presidents are often the subject of nothing more than trivia games, but two in particular would have to be considered trick questions. Harry S. Truman and Ulysses S. Grant were both presidents who shared a most unusual connection. Grant, the war general who was a celebrated hero after the Civil War and Truman who was the president at the conclusion of the second World War and is the subject of one of the most iconic images of the age showing a newspaper headline that errantly ran that he lost his bid for reelection, were very different in most respects. Yet they shared the fact that both men’s middle name is S. Simply, S. Truman’s middle initial was to please both grandfathers who had S names and Grant’s S name remains subject to some mystery, though it is the first initial in his mother’s maiden name.


9. Teddy Bears Presidential Past

Teddy Roosevelt was a noted hunter and had a past that made many frontier men’s pale in comparison. A former Rough Rider and the man who popularized the saying “Speak softly and carry a large stick”, Roosevelt was known for his colorfully cowboy charisma. Yet, it was a story about a baby black bear that made him a cult icon. An apparent incident on a hunting trip in 1902, Roosevelt ordered the mercy killing of a wounded black bear. As the legend goes, there was a cub bear present that Roosevelt refused to kill, and thus showed his magnanimousness to add to his hunting prowess. An illustration of the incident appeared in papers, and suddenly the White House was flooded with stuffed “Teddy” bears.


8. Born In the U.S.A.

Recently, the subject of birthplace came up for debate for qualifications in becoming President of the United States. By law, the President must be born in the USA or on USA bases or property. Yet, a technicality would seem to prohibit several of our first presidents from serving. Namely, the first seven, all the way up to Martin Van Buren. Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States was the first one born a US citizen, all others before him were actually born British subjects.


7. Catch Your Death Of Cold

No one would accuse the 9th President of the United States William Henry Harrison of being shy. A former war hero and Congressman, Harrison was elected to the presidency in 1840. His inauguration didn’t go as planned, however, as his speech, the longest in inauguration history at almost two hours was spoken outside on a cold, wet day. Harrison, trying to show his toughness, refused a coat or hat during the speech and caught a cold. This cold developed into pneumonia which took his life only a month into his presidency. His presidency would last a total of 30 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes.


6. Masons

The Freemasons are a group shrouded in conspiracy theory by many and by mistrust by many others. A group that is seemingly everywhere, yet is very secretive would cause alarm in any scenario, but it is the people in power that give it the real scare. Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Garfield, McKinley, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford were all Masons.

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