The original intention of President’s Day was to remember the Founding Fathers who worked so hard to sculpt this great nation into a place that people from across the globe would want to live and thrive. Today, it is much better known for car sales and a much needed three day weekend. Not that there is anything wrong with the longing for a three day weekend, but let’s go back to the root of this holiday and bask in some presidential knowledge!! Here are some fun facets about our previous prezzies!!
THE TALLEST president was Lincoln at 6’4″; at 5’4″, Madison was the shortest.
EIGHT PRESIDENTS never attended college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, and Cleveland. The college that has the most presidents as alumni (seven in total) is Harvard: J. Adams, J. Q. Adams, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, J. F. Kennedy, and George W. Bush.
BARACK OBAMA is our 44th president, but there actually have only been 43 presidents: Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.
PRESIDENTS ADAMS, Jefferson, and Monroe all died on the 4th of July; Coolidge was born on that day.
KENNEDY AND TAFT are the only presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
*The above information provided as courtesy of Borgna Brunner, who derived from “Facts About the Presidents” by Joseph Nathan Kane as posted on http://www.infoplease.com/spot/prestrivia1.html
Until next time…XOXO!