Fun Facts of U.S. Presidents

  • George Washington’s (#1) dentures were not made of wood, but rather of ivory, gold, and human and animal teeth, among other materials. 
  • John Adams (#2) and Thomas Jefferson (#3) both died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826.
  • Andrew Jackson (#7) had a giant block of cheese — which weighed 1,400 pounds — that he kept in the White House. He let the public eat the block of cheddar after his time in office was done.
  • The only president who studied to become a medical doctor was William Henry Harrison (#9).
  • Millard Fillmore (#13) refused an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law from Oxford, saying, “No man should accept a degree that he cannot read.” 
  • Abraham Lincoln (#16) was the only president to obtain a patent. In 1849, he invented a complicated device for lifting ships over dangerous shoals by means of “buoyant air chambers.” 
  • Ulysses S. Grant (#18) was given a $20 speeding ticket for riding his horse and buggy too fast down a street in Washington, D.C.
  • The first left-handed president was James Garfield (#20).
  • Benjamin Harrison (#23), the first president to have electricity in the White House, once got an electrical shock, leading his family to often refuse to touch the light switches and sometimes leave the lights on at bedtime. 
  • Theodore Roosevelt (#26) set what was then the world record for the most handshakes in one day with 8,513 handshakes at a White House reception on January 1, 1907. 
  • John F. Kennedy (#35) donated his entire White House salary ($100,000 a year) to charity.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (#36) graduated from high school at the age of 15.
  • Richard Nixon (#37) was the first president to visit all 50 states. 
  • Ronald Reagan (#40) appeared in 53 Hollywood movies.
  • The White House’s first website went online in October 1994 during President Bill Clinton’s (#42) administration
  • George W. Bush (#43) is the first president who has an MBA. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1975.
  • Barack Obama (#44) hasn’t liked ice cream since his first job: working at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager growing up in Hawaii.
  • Donald Trump (#45) has appeared in numerous movies including “Zoolander” and “Home Alone 2.”
  • At age 78, Joe Biden (#46) became the oldest president in the history of the US. Previously, this title was held by President Reagan (#40) who was 77 when he left office.

         This list was created by Silvia Merlo Rosales and Michael Walsh.