One did some modeling, one liked to skinny dip and one wasn’t allowed to dance in the White House.
There’s a lot to learn about our nation’s presidents, including some intriguing facts that you often don’t find in textbooks. As we mark Presidents Day, let’s take a look at several of the more interesting and obscure bits of trivia about our former leaders.
George Washington owned a profitable whiskey distillery
Gerald Ford was a model in his youth
Theodore Roosevelt wore a lock of Lincoln’s hair at his inauguration
John Quincy Adams liked to skinny dip in the Potomac River
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were arrested in Vermont
Lincoln’s son was present for three very grim moments
Herbert Hoover made ridiculous demands of his staff
Warren Harding gambled away the White House china
Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender
James Polk’s wife was very strict
Benjamin Harrison and his wife were terrified of electricity
There was a day without a president, sort of
Jimmy Carter was the first president to have been born in a hospital
James Monroe had a violent streak
Martin Van Buren was the first president to be a U.S. citizen
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