We’re endeavoring to make our Web site reflect this presidential theme, so here we invite you to explore the many fun and interesting things we’ve collected about the greatest institution in the free world: the Presidency of the United States!
George Washington * He was the only unanimously-elected president.
Thomas Jefferson * He was the country’s first-known speleologist (cave explorer).
James Madison * He was the smallest of all the presidents. He was only 5′4″ tall and weighed less than 100 pounds.
James Monroe * The White House was painted white the year Monroe became president.
John Quincy Adams * He customarily took a nude early morning swim in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first U.S. professional journalist, knew of his 5:00 AM swims. After being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president (least of all naked!).
John Tyler * He played the violin, loved to dance, spoke softly, and had good manners.
James Polk * He was the most successful president in American history. During the 1844 campaign, he made five promises: to acquire California from Mexico, to settle the Oregon dispute, to lower the tariff, to establish a sub-treasury, and to retire from the office after four years. When he left office, his campaign promises had all been fulfilled.
Franklin Pierce * He was the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
Abraham Lincoln * He patented his floating drydock on May 22, 1849, patent #6469. He was the first U.S. President to receive a patent.
Andrew Johnson * He was buried wrapped in a U.S. flag and with his well-worn copy of the Constitution under his head.
James Garfield * He was the first left-handed president.
Benjamin Harrison * He was the first president to attend a baseball game.
Theodore Roosevelt * He was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1906).
Franklin D. Roosevelt * He was the first president to name a woman to his Cabinet.
Harry Truman * He was the only president who didn’t have a dog in the White House.
Dwight D. Eisenhower * He was in charge of the D-Day invasion during World War II. He was made a 5-star general afterward.
John F. Kennedy * He was the first president to win a Purple Heart
Gerald Ford * He once worked as a fashion model.
Jimmy Carter * He was the only president who commanded a submarine.
Ronald Reagan * He became the first U.S. president to address Japan’s legislature.
George H.W. Bush * He likes to play horseshoes.
William J. Clinton * He met John F. Kennedy when he was 17.
George W. Bush * Once owned the Texas Rangers baseball team.
* His favorite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
* His favorite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
* His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili
* He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date
* His favorite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees