21 Shocking Facts About U.S. Presidents

Which president once whipped out his junk during a Cabinet meeting? And more!

1. Calvin Coolidge liked to have his head rubbed with petroleum jelly while eating his breakfast in bed.

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2. Abraham Lincoln was also a licensed bartender.

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3. Some historians claim Harry Truman was inducted into the KKK, even though he was “never active.”

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4. Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO.

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5. Lyndon B. Johnson called his penis “Jumbo” (allegedly for good reason), and would whip it out at random times. During a Cabinet meeting, when asked why the U.S. went into Vietnam, Johnson reportedly whipped it out and bellowed, “This is why!”

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6. Most historians believe James Buchanan was gay.

Buchanan, a bachelor, was rumored to have a very close relationship with William Rufus King, a senator from Alabama.

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7. George H. W. Bush vomited on Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa at a banquet in 1992.

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8. Grover Cleveland date-raped a woman and got her pregnant.

Cleveland reportedly sexually assaulted Maria Halpin, who later discovered she was pregnant. Cleveland then had her child put in an orphanage and forced her to be treated at a mental asylum.

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9. Ulysses S. Grant smoked at least 20 cigars a day.

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10. Franklin Roosevelt’s mom clothed him in dresses until he was five.

That’s a portrait of FDR at age 2. He was once also spotted wearing a skirt and a hat trimmed with a marabou feather and having shoulder-length hair.

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11. Woodrow Wilson was the first to show a motion picture in the White House: The Birth of a Nation, which has become the most banned film in American history.

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12. Warren G. Harding was obsessed with poker and once bet an entire set of priceless White House China and lost it.

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13. John Quincy Adams enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac River most mornings.

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14. Teddy Roosevelt had five guinea pigs named Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, Admiral Dewey, and Father O’Grady.

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15. John Adams named his dog “Satan.”

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16. Gerald Ford worked as a model during college.

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17. Andrew Johnson was slurring-level drunk during his inauguration, which he claims was part of an effort to self-medicate for typhoid fever. Eventually he had to abandon his swearing-in of new senators because he was too intoxicated.

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18. Benjamin Harrison was so afraid of electric lights, he’d have his staff turn the switches on and off for him and his wife.

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19. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in Vermont on a Sunday, which violated state laws.

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20. Warren G. Harding supposedly made love to a young girl, Nan Britton, on a regular basis in a White House closet. Secret Service agents reportedly had to stop his wife from beating down the closet door on one occasion.

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21. Andrew Jackson is the only president to kill a man in a duel.

In 1806, Jackson shot Charles Dickinson, who had accused him of cheating on a horse race bet and then insulted his wife, Rachel.

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