22 Things You Probably Never Knew About The Presidents

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1. George Washington was the only president to ever get 100% of the electoral vote. He did it twice.

2. Barack Obama has won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album: Dreams for My Father (2005) and Audicity of Hope (2008).

3. 26 Presidents were lawyers while 12 were generals.

4. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6’4”, while James Madison was the shortest at 5’4”.

5. In 1910, William Taft began the tradition of the Presidential “first pitch” to kick off the baseball season.

6. Ronald Reagan was the oldest president ever elected at 69.

7. While the youngest to be elected president was John F. Kennedy at 43.

8. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe all died on July 4th.

9. The word “o.k.” was popularized by Van Buren. Known as “Old Kinderhook,” because he was from Kinderhook, NY, his nickname was shortened to O.K. which eventually became okay.

10. William Howard Taft was the heaviest president, weighing in at more than 300 pounds.

11. After Taft became stuck in the White House bath tub, he ordered a custom-made tub to be installed. The larger tub could fit four normal sized men, or one Taft.

12. Virginia is the birthplace of the most presidents, boasting 8 from their state.

13. Legend has it that George Washington was so popular after the Revolutionary war that some wanted to make him king.

14. James Buchanan is the only president to have never married.

15. Kennedy and Taft are the only two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetary

16. George W. Bush was a managing partner of the Texas Rangers, a Major League baseball team.

17. Harvard has the most presidential alumni with seven in total.

18. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

19. Martin Van Buren was the first President to be born a U.S. citizen.

20. Thomas Jefferson invented the first swivel chair.

21. Gerald Ford turned down contracts from the Lions and the Packers of the NFL in order to coach at Yale and to enroll in its law school.

22. Lincoln was the first president to wear a beard.

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