100 Interesting Facts about US Presidents – Part 1

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76Giant stuffed moose

Giant stuffed moose

Thomas Jefferson tried for years to send a giant stuffed moose to a French count to counter claims that the North American climate made all animals (including people) weak and feeble.

77. Jefferson had his own version of the Bible that omitted the parts of the bible that were "contrary to reason" including the resurrection and other miracles. He was only interested in the moral teachings of Jesus and nothing more.

78. Thomas Jefferson proposed a bill that punished male rapists with castration.

79. In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson had written,"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable." It was Benjamin Franklin who changed "sacred" to "self-evident" to champion rationality as opposed to religious providence.

80. Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair and sat on the first one while writing much of the Declaration of Independence.

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81Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

In addition to being fluent in English, Greek, Latin, French, Italian and Spanish, Thomas Jefferson also studied Arabic, Gaelic, and Welsh, and remains the most multilingual President of the United States.

82. Thomas Jefferson created his own Bible, 46 pages long, using a razor he cut and pasted selected verses. It excluded angels, references to the Trinity, and all miracles by Jesus including the resurrection.

83. Thomas Jefferson conducted the first legitimate archaeological dig in history and proved that the massive burial mounds were created by Native Americans, not the "lost race" of white people previously thought.

84. American Revolutionary War hero, Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. After the war, before returning to Europe, he left Thomas Jefferson his will, dedicating his pay and estate to buy the freedom of black slaves and educate them for independent life and work. The will was never executed.

85. In 1989, a bottle, also from Thomas Jefferson's collection, was valued at an astronomical $500,000 by its owner, William Sokolin. When Sokolin took the wine with him to a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel, a waiter knocked the bottle over, breaking it. Insurers paid out $225,000.

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86Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson once said that "If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption, indifferent and incapable."

87. The highest mountain in Australia is named after the Polish national hero, Tadeusz Kościuszko, who was also a military leader in the American Revolutionary War, and personal friend of Thomas Jefferson.

88. Thomas Jefferson built a clock on the outside wall of his house with only an hour hand, as he believed an hour hand would be accurate enough for his slaves.

89. Thomas Jefferson believed blacks were inherently inferior to whites but were superior in musical ability.

90. Thomas Jefferson included a paragraph in the Declaration of Independence condemning the King of Great Britain for slavery, but it was ultimately deleted.

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91Martha Washington

Martha Washington

When Martha Washington recalled the two saddest days of her life the first was December 14, 1799, when her husband died. The second was in January 1801, when Thomas Jefferson visited Mt Vernon. "Next to the loss of her husband" Jefferson’s visit was the “most painful occurrence of her life.”

92. Thomas Jefferson believed Lewis and Clark would encounter Woolly Mammoths, mountains of salt, and a race of Welsh-speaking Indians along their journey west.

93. Thomas Jefferson's tombstone lists some of his greatest accomplishments but leaves out the fact that he was the President of the United States.

94. Thomas Jefferson sometimes greeted guests at the White House in slippers and "slovenly" attire for egalitarian effect and was mistaken by one Senator for a servant.

95. A church group once presented Thomas Jefferson with a 4-foot-wide, 1,230-lb wheel of cheese to thank him for championing religious liberty. He had a policy against accepting gifts and paid $200 for it.

96Attack ads

Attack ads

In 1796, some of the first "attack ads" in US election history were published and included a warning that Thomas Jefferson would emancipate all slaves if elected.

97. Winfield Scott (1786-1866) served as an active duty general for 53 years, longer than anyone in American history. He entered service under Thomas Jefferson and retired under Abraham Lincoln.

98. Thomas Jefferson introduced macaroni and cheese to the US.

99. Thomas Jefferson had a Mockingbird named Dick that he would sing duets with, play violin with while the bird would sing, and even have the bird sing him to sleep on the couch.

100. Thomas Jefferson would rather have lived in a cabin with friends and family eating bacon than been president.


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