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Presidential Oddities

Presidential Oddities 

collected by John William Tuohy




Three house before he was killed John F. Kennedy remarked "Last night would have been a good night to assassinate a president"

JFK’s favorite poem was Alan Seeger's "I have a rendezvous with death."


A room on the second floor of the White House where Lincoln's autopsy and embalming were performed and where William Henry Harrison died is routinely used as the first families as a private dining room.


On his Inauguration Day President Andrew Jackson was crushed at the White House nearly killed when an out of control throng of mostly drunk well-wishers. Staffers evacuated Jackson through a window onto the South Lawn by staffers.

The entire U.S. government was nearly relocated to Cincinnati Ohio after the White House was burned down by the British in 1814.

In the 1860s, some people wanted move the White House to a bluff top Washington's Rock Creek Park.





Among the thousands of photos taken during Franklin D. Roosevelt 12-year presidency, there are only three of Roosevelt in his wheelchair. The Secret Service was known to smash cameras of those who tried to take unauthorized photos of FDR.


On November 9, 1863 the actor John Wilkes Booth was the lead actor in a play at Ford's Theatre. President Abe Lincoln was sitting at stage level when Booth glared at him enough so that a woman who was with the president said, "Mr. Lincoln, he looks as if he meant that for you." "Well," Lincoln replied, "he does look pretty sharp at me, doesn't he?'"


Nancy Reagan was not aware that Presidents pay for their own food (Except for state dinners) and incidentals until the chief usher gave her a bill. As expected she threw a fit but she still had to pay for the food.



Calvin Coolidge, president slept 11 hours a night plus a day nap during the day. However Coolidge seldom missed an opportunity to be photographed for the newsreels which were shown in every movie house in the United States.


The Lincoln Continental limo in which JFK rode to his death was cleaned, had armor and added to it (It was not bulletproof when Kennedy used it) and put  back in service and was used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter.


Barack Obama is likely a descendent of the first documented enslaved African in colonial America.



George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison cultivated hemp as did most other 1700's farmers. In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp. It was not until the early 1880s that hemp was smoked for recreational use.


 President George W. Bush and playboy founder Hugh Hefner are ninth cousin.


 In 1834, Abe Lincoln ran a saloon and acted as bartender. He ran for state legislator and won forcing him to give up his interest in the bar. He sold his share of the bar in 1840.


In the 1940’s, during the Truman administration, there was movement to turn the White House into a museum. Truman nixed that idea. The S in Harry S Truman's name did not stand for any name but was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.

President Gerald Ford was a male model for John Robert Powers' agency as a part time gig during college. He appeared in a 21-picture Stowe, Vt., ski resort feature in Look Magazine in 1940. And two years later posed in his Naval uniform on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Both times he posed with model Phyllis Brown.

President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed having petroleum jelly slathered on his head while he ate breakfast in bed. He believed it was good for his health.






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