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Old December 17th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #1
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Cool Presidential Facts


I'm trying to make a list and collect as many cool (unique, unknown, interesting) presidential facts as possible.

Please feel free to add as many as you can about any president you'd like. hoping this blows up!

1 - FDR is said to be related to 11 other presidents (dunno who?)
2 - James Madison never weighted over 100 pounds
3 - 14% of pre-schoolers think George Washington is President! (wonder if thats changed with a black president? haha)
4 - Napoleon ordered 10 days of mourning after GW's death
5 - James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other - at the same time!
6 - US Grant once recieved a $20 ticket in DC for riding his horse too fast
7 - jimmy carter first president born in a hospital
8 - Howard Taft was so large he got stuck in the W.H. bathtub several times
9 - Harding lost an entire set of W.H. china on a poker hand
10 - George Washington once proposed a plan that required his soldiers to ice skate across the Boston harbour while it was frozen to surprise the british - it was deemed impossible rather quickly.


ive got some more, just 10 to get started..start listing my friends
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Old December 17th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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also, on the side i have another ? but dont wanna start another thread to ask it..Would Abraham Lincoln today be considered a Republican or Democrat? How about Thomas Jefferson?
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11 - FDR died in bed with his mistress
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12 - Despite the imminence of peace, the artillery unit Harry S. Truman commanded during the first world war did not stop shelling until the war was declared officially over. Some might say he fired the last shots in two world wars.
13 - Herbert Hoover spoke fluent Mandarin
14 - 14 US presidents have been Freemasons
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15. Woodrow Wilson had Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder http://www.dyslexiamentor.com/famous/famousdyslexics_025.php

16. Abraham Lincoln suffered from chronic depression. Off topic, but so did Churchill http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200510/lincolns-clinical-depression

17. On 1 July 1893, an operation was performed on President Grover Cleveland to remove a cancerous lesion from his left upper jaw. The operation took place on a private yacht as it steamed up Long Island sound to the President's summer home in Massachusetts. http://www.healthmedialab.com/html/president/cleveland.html
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18. Theodore Roosevelt survived an assassination-attempt at point blank range. The bullet pierced his suit, his spectacle-case, a 100-page speech (tucked into his coat pocket) and penetrated 10cm into his chest. Despite protestations from his bodyguards, the then ex-president delivered his entire speech (all 100 pages of it), before allowing them to take him to the hospital.
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12 - Despite the imminence of peace, the artillery unit Harry S. Truman commanded during the first world war did not stop shelling until the war was declared officially over. Some might say he fired the last shots in two world wars.
13 - Herbert Hoover spoke fluent Mandarin
14 - 14 US presidents have been Freemasons
Hate to rain on your parade but..(that's one of those your check is in mail things sorry about that.) It was Herbs wife Lou that spoke Mandarin. She had quite an ear for languages and although Herbert was a brilliant engineer he did hot have an ear for languages.

thanks for the Truman one, didn't know that.
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19. At the Paris Peace Conference Woodrow Wilson called the Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes a "pestiferous varmint."
http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst;jsessionid=LrGRpY1DG0KJtTgkhkShL hvMvncKSH559JzC87jBQ4Twy3kRxd3c!48108115!522367189 ?docId=5010848386

20. Woodrow Wilson had a massive stroke with three months of his term remaining. His wife kept the truth about his condition from the public by taking over Presidential duties herself.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/History/presidents/Presidents_28_Wilson.htm

21. William McKinley was a gentle, kind, and considerate man who always wore a fresh red carnation and a white vest. When he was shot by his assassin he cried out "Don't let anyone hurt him."

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/History/presidents/Presidents_25_McKinley.htm
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22. Chester Arthur, called "Elegant Arthur" for his commitment to fashionable attire kept 80 pairs of pants in his wardrobe and changed pants several times a day.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_A._Arthur

23. Two presidents were help as Prisoners of War -Washington French and Indian War and Jackson the revolutionary war.
http://www.thehermitage.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemi d=46

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The President’s Ear
random facts about presidential language abilities.

John Adams was once a teacher of Greek and Latin and encouraged the establishing of schools for that purpose as schoolmasters should be “learned in the Greek and Roman languages.”

Thomas Jefferson compiled vocabularies of ‘Indian tongues.’ He was also a finished Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian scholar. John Adams, in his diary for the year 1775 notes that Jefferson , “ has learned French, Italian, and Spanish, and wants to learn German."

James Madison, when at Princeton completed two years in one but stayed on another year in order to learn Hebrew. He read in Latin and Greek as was required of all university students.


James Monroe’s linguistic talents were summed up in this manner, “As for Monroe, he not only acquired a sense of the root-meaning of words, but obtained something more than a smattering of a tongue he would 'need when he should go to live in France and Spain.”


John Quincy Adams: At the tender age of eleven years he accompanied his father to France where his proficiency in French was much admired. Two or three years later he entered the university of Leyden in Holland.At the age of fifteen Adams accompanied Francis Dana, recently appointed minister to Russia, as his private secretary and translator. The list of languages that Adams was conversant in included Greek, Latin, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German. And for lack of bi-lingual abilities we have

Andrew Jackson: No one ever accused him of speaking in tongues. The following story give you the flavor of Jackson’s linguistic talents. Or lack there of to be accurate. It also shows that putting spin on a politicians words is nothing new.

In 1833 President Andrew Jackson made a tour of New England, a part of the country that had not been inclined to look upon him with favor. But his stand against nullification had won him some friends, and the president of Harvard, Josiah Quincy, proposed to the overseers that the college bestow upon Jackson an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The board agreed, over the objection of John Quincy Adams, who vowed that he would not “be present to see my darling Harvard disgrace herself by conferring a doctor’s degree upon a barbarian who could hardly spell his own name.” Quincy’s view was less elitist: “As the people have twice decided this man knows enough law to be their ruler, it is not for Harvard College to maintain that they are mistaken.”
Things went well at the ceremony in June. The class president delivered an address in the requisite Latin. Jackson turned to his secretary of the Navy, Levi Woodbury, for a translation: “All I can make out,” Jackson said, “is something about patriots.” Woodbury filled him in; the speech had ended with the words “Harvard welcomes Jackson the President. She embraces Jackson the Patriot.” The President was pleased. He answered: “I shall have to speak in English, not being able to return your compliment in what appears to be the language of Harvard. All the Latin I know is E pluribus unum.” Loud applause for this modest and shrewd remark.
But his enemies were soon at work, and another story went round, invented by Seba Smith, who wrote a column under the by-line of Major Jack Downing. According to Downing, someone had shouted, “You must give ’em a little Latin, Doctor,” and Jackson had responded with “E pluribus unum, my friends, and sine qua non!” Josiah Quincy observed that false as the story was, it could be made to bear a noble interpretation. “E pluribus unum; sine qua non. What have we here but ‘Our Federal Union, it must be preserved.’” Hummm…double spin.

Martin van Buren was the first president born in the United States and his first language was Dutch, English being his second.

Zachary Taylor: Nothing, it is said, annoyed General Taylor more than to have Mexicans come to him and address him in Spanish. During the Mexican War, he learned but one word of Spanish, and that was vamos ; the command form of the verb ‘to go’ as in ‘be gone’ or ‘let’s go’. One day, while encamped at Saltillo, being very busy in his tent, a Mexican came up and commenced uttering a long complaint in Spanish. The old general turned to Major Bliss and asked " What in heaven’s name does the man want?" Major Bliss explained that the Mississippians appeared to be taking wood from his house. Now, the Mississippi regiment was a favorite of the general’s, and as they had always conducted themselves well, he was not in a mood to hear complaints against them. So, waving his hand towards the Mexican, he told him to " huevos, huevos, huevos " [eggs, eggs, eggs !] He had heard some one use the word, a minute before, and took it to mean the same as his favorite word vamos.

Rutherford B. Hayes
: Even before he became president was convinced that the older college education spent too much time and energy on Latin and Greek; that the average student could be better trained for the new conditions of the age by giving him a larger knowledge of history and of politics, of literature and of modern languages.

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