80 Administrative Facts About US Presidents For History Buffs – Part 2

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26Monroe Doctrine

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

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

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

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

30. 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.

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31Zachary Taylor

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

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

33. President James K. Polk is nicknamed by some historians "The least known Consequential President." He promised to serve just one term, and he achieved all of the agenda he set at the beginning of his term.

34. President Millard Fillmore once spent nine months in forced labor after his ship was captured by pirates. After this extended period of captivity, he and the other fisherman recaptured their ship and the pirates were taken to Boston where they were hanged.

35. In 1917, journalist H.L. Mencken published a hoax news article stating bathtubs were popularized in the US by President Millard Fillmore after he had one installed in the White House. Thirty years later, even after he admitted it was false, it was still being reprinted as fact.

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36Franklin D. Pierce

Franklin D. Pierce, 14th President of the United States, was asked what he would do next as he was leaving office. He replied, "There's nothing left [to do] but get drunk." Twelve years later, he died from cirrhosis of the liver.

37. President Millard Fillmore married his schoolteacher Abigail Powers as Fillmore's knowledge.

38. In 1855, Queen Victoria pronounced ex-U.S. President Millard Fillmore to be the most handsome man she had ever seen.

39. Franklin Pierce's 1852 presidential campaign slogan was, "We Polked you in '44, We shall Pierce you in '52."

40. James Buchanan is the only bachelor President in U.S. history and the only one from Pennsylvania. He also grew up in a log cabin.

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41Elite wrestler

Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestler in his days before politics. He once challenged a crowd, saying, "I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” The challenge went unanswered.

42. A few days before delivering the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln saw John Wilkes Booth perform as a villain in a play at Ford's Theatre. Someone told Lincoln, "He almost seems to be reciting these lines to you." To which Lincoln replied, "He does talk very sharp at me, doesn't he?"

43. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was morally opposed to slavery but believed it was protected by the constitution, and so continuously brought slaves with his own money in order to free them.

44. Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech in Bloomington, Illinois so captivating that it caused every single reporter present to forget to take notes. There is no copy of this speech in existence, and we can only guess at the content. This speech is known as Abraham Lincoln's 'Lost Speech'.

45. Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt, when staying in the White House, reported sightings or a presence of Abraham Lincoln's Ghost. Sightings have also been reported by Margaret Truman, Winston Churchill, and Henry Truman.

46Abraham Lincoln

When negotiating with Americans in the 1850's, the Japanese leader inflated his title from Shogun (meaning "general of the army") to Taikun (meaning "great prince/lord"). The title then entered the English language as "Tycoon," and was adopted as a nickname for Abraham Lincoln by his staff.

47. A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected President, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent Lincoln a letter encouraging him to grow a beard, writing, "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you..." By the time of his inauguration, Lincoln had a full beard.

48. Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Lincoln, was present at three out of four U.S. presidential assassinations. When asked to attend a presidential function he declined by stating "there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."

49. Everyone thought Abraham Lincoln was ugly, including himself. Once when he was accused of being “two-faced,” he replied, “If I had two-faces, would I be wearing this one?”

50. The photographer who took Abraham Lincoln's photo on the $5 bill is better known for inventing a pump-action folding shotgun.


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