10 Interesting Facts About US Presidents

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Here are some facts about U.S. presidents that you won't find in most American history books. Check out some of the most bizarre and unknown facts about former presidents.


1
Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

2
The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington.

3
The “S” in Harry S Truman doesn’t stand for anything; therefore, there is no period after his middle initial.

4
President Grover Cleveland is the only president to be elected to two nonconsecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president.

5
James Madison was the shortest president of the United States, standing at only 5’4”. He never weighed more than 100 pounds.

6
William Henry Harrison holds the record for the longest inauguration speech in history at 8,578 words long and one hour and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, he gave the speech during bad weather and a month later, he was dead from pneumonia, making his the shortest presidency on record.

7
James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously.

8
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to ever be photographed at his inauguration. In the photo, he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin.

9
James Garfield didn’t die from the gunshot wounds from his assassin’s gun; he died of blood poisoning after doctors and experts tried to remove the bullet from his back with their dirty fingers and instruments. His assassin, Charles Guiteau, later claimed that he didn’t kill the president, the doctors had.

10
George Washington didn’t have enough money to get to his own inauguration so he had to borrow $600 from his neighbor.