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A Little Trivia for Presidents’ Day
1. George Washington is the only President to be elected unanimously and did not represent a political party.
2. Chester A. Arthur’s nickname was “Elegant Arthur” because of his fancy fashion sense,
3. Franklin Pierce was the first President to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
4. John F. Kennedy was the first President to have a press conference on TV.
5. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, political rivals, both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence… they died on July 4, 1826.
6. Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to call his residence the “White House.” Previously it was called the President’s House or the Executive Mansion.
7. James Madison, who was in delicate health, was the smallest President standing 5’4” and weighing only 100 pounds. We thank him for writing the Constitution. There were many compromises added but he was the one who did most of it – plus the Bill of Rights.
8. William Howard Taft was the heaviest President at around 332 pounds. He got stuck in the bathtub and needed help to escape. A bigger bathtub was installed for him.
9. Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House.
10. U.S. Grant established Yellowstone as the nation’s first national park.
11. Harry S. Truman was the first President to give a speech on television.
12. John Tyler, who served from 1841-1845, had the largest family. He was the father of 8 children with his first wife, Lettia and 7 children with his second wife, Julia.
That is an even dozen so enough. Enjoy the holiday!
Contributed by Marilyn Goodwin