100 Interesting Facts about US Presidents – Part 2

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26$20 Bill

US President Andrew Jackson, who now appears on the $20 bill, thought that paper money was inherently evil.


27. The reasons that a donkey represents Democrats is that Andrew Jackson's opponents called him a jackass, so he embraced it and used the strong-willed animal on his campaign posters.


28. The inauguration of US President Andrew Jackson was an open party at the white house. The public got drunk and trashed the place, and could only be removed by tempting them out with bowls of punch on the lawn outside.


29. Andrew Jackson participated in the American Revolution informally at age 13 as a courier, survived being captured by the British, and was the only member of his family to survive the revolution, becoming an orphan at age 14.


30. In 1831, an American pepper trading ship was attacked off the Island of Sumatra, where locals killed 3 and plundered the ship. In retaliation, Andrew Jackson sent a warship all the way back to Sumatra to destroy the village the attackers were from.


31Andrew Jackson

US President Andrew Jackson had been shot so many times people said he "rattled like a bag of marbles."


32. President Andrew Jackson had to leave for a hotel when roughly 20,000 citizens celebrated his inauguration inside the White House. His aides ultimately had to lure the mob outside with washtubs filled with a potent cocktail of orange juice and whiskey.


33. Martin Van Buren, 8th president of the U.S., did not mention his wife of 12 years even once in his 800-page autobiography.


34. Martin Van Buren (born 1782) was the first president born a US citizen.


35. Martin Van Buren left the Democratic party and ran for president in 1848 for the Free Soil Party, an anti-slavery and "True Democratic" party.


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36Dutch Language

Martin Van Buren was the only United States president who spoke English as a second language. His first language was Dutch.


37. President Martin Van Buren was intentionally thrown from a carriage to convince him of the need to fund road construction.


38. American President William Henry Harrison delivered his 1 hour 45-minute inaugural address in a snowstorm while wearing neither a hat or coat, promptly contracted pneumonia, and died less than a month later, making his the shortest presidency in history.


39. As an 11-year-old boy, the future president John Tyler led his classmates in hog tying the teacher who whipped them. When asked to punish the boy, John Tyler's father said: "sic semper tyrannis" (thus always to tyrants).


40. During the U.S. Civil War, former President John Tyler became a Confederate and was elected to serve in the Confederate Congress. He is the only U.S. President to not be mourned officially in Washington D.C. due to his being a Confederate supporter.


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41Daniel Webster

Senator Daniel Webster turned down two offers to be vice president by William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor because he thought the office was a dead-end position. Both these presidents then died in office.


42. John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, was actually elected by Virginians to the Confederate Congress. When he died he became the only President to be buried under the flag of a foreign nation.


43. John Tyler was the only US president elected to serve two different governments, the Union, and the Confederacy.


44. If the mostly unknown 10th President of the USA-John Tyler, hadn't implemented the Monroe Doctrine, Hawaii would be a British colony today


45. The last words of John Tyler (10th President) were "I am going. Perhaps it is best."


46Grandchildren

John Tyler the 10th President of the United States has two living grandchildren. He was born in 1790.


47. The last words of President James K. Polk, to his wife, were: "I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."


48. When US President James K. Polk was 17, he had to undergo surgery to remove urinary stones. As there was no anesthetic in 1812, he was given brandy before the surgery was performed on him while he was fully conscious.


49. Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, had not voted in an election prior to his own Presidential election.


50. Zachary Taylor, 12th President Of The United States, died just sixteen months after inauguration from eating raw fruit and iced milk.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “If the mostly unknown 10th President of the USA-John Tyler, hadn’t implemented the Monroe Doctrine, Hawaii would be a British colony today”. Er no, it would be an independent country, like other ex-British colonies – Fiji, Tonga, Western Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, etc, etc. Whereas US settlers annexed Hawaii to the US which is still there as an occupying power!!

    • The US is not an occupying power in Hawaii! Hawaii, unlike those other places you mention, is a state. Its people are full American citizens. They have all the rights and privileges of all our other citizens. They could not possibly be better off as an independent nation – largely owned by Japan and China no doubt. Hell, even the Puerto Ricans a smart enough not to vote themselves independence from the US!

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