02/28/2022 Presidential Trivia   Leave a comment

I normally don’t like to write about politics. Years ago, that’s all I was interested in, but finally common sense prevailed. Today my post will be a little political but coming from a completely new direction. I’m going to talk today about presidents and some of the statistics and trivial facts that aren’t readily known.

  • We’ve has 47 presidents (counting Grover Cleveland twice).
  • The average age of our presidents at the date of Inauguration was 56.23 years.
  • The average life expectancy of the presidents has been 72.2 years.
  • George Washington wanted Americans to address him as “His Mightiness the President.”
  • While he was president, Franklin Pierce was arrested for running down an elderly woman in his carriage. He was later found not guilty.
  • President Warren G. Harding exercised regularly by playing ping-pong.
  • Herbert Hoover was the first president to have a telephone in his office. Earlier, presidents who wanted to use the phone had to use the one in the hall.
  • Grover Cleveland, 22nd president, was the first one to leave the country while in office. But he didn’t go far. He sailed into international waters 3 miles off the United States coast and did a little fishing and then returned.
  • Andrew Jackson, known for his colorful language, apparently taught his pet parrot to curse. When Jackson died in 1845, the parrot was brought to his funeral. It swore at him through the entire service.
  • It was so cold at Ulysses S. Grant’s inauguration that the canaries that were supposed to sing during the inaugural ball froze to death.

THERE’S YOUR HISTORY LESSON FOR TODAY

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