U.S. PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA

President Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested during his term of office. He was convicted of exceeding the Washington speed limit on his horse and was fined $20.

President William H. Taft was once offered a contract to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds.

President William Howard Taft was a seventh cousin twice removed of Richard M. Nixon, and was a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Three U.S. presidents have been the sons of clergymen: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson.

Three Whigs have served as president of the United States: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore.

President William Howard Taft, weighing 325 pounds at the time, had a special bathtub installed at the White House which was big enough to hold four men.

President William McKinley always wore a red carnation in his lapel for good luck.

Two towns in Vermont claim to be President Chester A. Arthur's birthplace, but recent research supports his opponents' charges that he was born in Canada, and therefore, was not eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution.

President William McKinley had a pet parrot that he named Washington Post.

President William Taft kept a cow on the White House lawn to supply him with fresh milk. He was the last president to do so.

U.S. President George Washington, was the first person to breed roses in the U.S.. Washington laid out his own garden at Mt. Vernon and filled it with his own selections of roses.

President Woodrow Wilson, known as "Tommy Wilson" to his classmates at Davidson College in North Carolina, was fined 20 cents in 1873 for "improper conduct in the hall".

Ulysses S. Grant apologized upon leaving the White House for errors of judgment, not for errors of intent. He was known for being personally honest but surrounded by dishonest people.

Ulysses S. Grant was once fined $20 for speeding on his horse.

Presidents George Washington and John Adams had to employ protection money, paying off certain pirates in the Mediterranean Sea with a couple of million dollars while Congress debated the creation of a U.S. navy.

Previously holding the position as Princeton University president, President Woodrow Wilson was nicknamed "Professor."

Richard M. Nixon is the only president to have resigned.

"Handsome Frank" was the popular nickname of President Franklin Pierce.

"Uncle Jumbo" was the nickname of President Grover Cleveland.

"Wobbly Willie" was the nickname of William McKinley.

A rocking chair lover, Pres. Jimmy Carter brought five of his Jumbos, a rocker designed by Thomas Brumby in 1875, to the White House.

Abraham Lincoln paid $2,600 for a string of seed pearls and matching earrings purchased from Tiffany's for his wife, Mary.

Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law on September 9, 1836.

Abraham Lincoln was granted a patent for his idea to lift vessels more easily over shoals by inflating air chambers near the water line. He was issued patent #6,469 for "A Device for Buoying Vessels over Shoals" on May 22, 1849. While Lincoln's invention never got past the patent stage, the model he carved from wood for his patent application is in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride to his inauguration in an automobile.

Richard M. Nixon kept a music box in his Oval Office desk that played the tune "Hail to the Chief."

Richard M. Nixon suffered from motion sickness and hay fever.

Richard M. Nixon, as a young naval officer in World War II, set up the only hamburger stand in the South Pacific. Nixon's Snack Shack served free burgers and Australian beer to flight crews.

When Andrew Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached, died, he asked to be wrapped in an American flag with a copy of the Constitution under his head when he was buried.

Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been a Hollywood actor.

Ronald Reagan was the oldest man elected president.

When he saw his assassin being beaten by his guards, the dying William McKinley cried out, "Donít let them hurt him".

When he volunteered to fight for the Union, Ulysses S. Grant was a 39-year old clerk.

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