All those mouths to feed. Several presidents have had no children but #10 John Tyler made up for them. He fathered 15 children. After he was widowed, his second marriage was to a young socialite 30 years younger.
Rutherford Hayes was the first president with a telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell installed the phone himself.
The Long & Short of It.
At 6’4″, Abe Lincoln was our tallest president. James Madison
was the shortest, standing 5’4″ (and weighing less than 100 pounds).
James Polk was the first president to be photographed.
Tipping the Scales.
John Q. Adams is said to have had a pet alligator. Apparently, he even kept the reptile in the White House. Perhaps he captured it from the Potomac River as it was his custom to swim nude in the river (whenever weather permitted) each day.
Too Much Horsepower.
Ulysses S. Grant was issued a speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast along a Washington street.
Not So Lost in Translation.
President Garfield was ambidextrous. It’s been said you could ask him a question in English and he could write the answer in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other…simultaneously.
Want to be a Doctor or President when you Grow Up? William Henry Harrison was the only President who studied to be a doctor. He was President only 30 days before dying of pneumonia.