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Stupid Facts: Presidential Facts

  • Martin Van Buren was the first president born in the new United States.

  • James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.

  • James Garfield was the first left-handed president.

  • William Taft was the largest president at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 326 pounds.

  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches.

  • Theodore Roosevlet was the youngest president at 42 years old.

  • Ronald Reagan was the oldest leaving office at 77 years old.

  • Herbert Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi.

  • John F. Kennedy was the first president elected to be born in the 20th century (May 29, 1917)

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826.

  • John Quincy Adams swam daily in the Potomac River.

  • John Tyler was the first to become president through death of the current president.

  • William Henry Harrison died one month after delivering the longest inaugural speech at 1 hour 45 minutes.

  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

  • Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms.

  • James Garfield could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other simultaneously.

  • Benjamin Harrison was the only grandson of a president to become president.

  • John Quincy Adams was the only former president to serve in the House of Representatives.

  • Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson were the only former presidents to serve in the Senate.

  • The teddy bear was named for Theodore Roosevelt because he refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting.

  • Woodrow Wilson kept sheep to trim the White House lawn.

  • At 4 terms, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to more terms than any other president.

  • Richard Nixon was the only president to resign.

  • Gerald Ford was the only president not elected into office.

  • Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.