A Bit of Presidential Trivia

Every U.S. president has made his own unique mark on the office and in history books. There’s plenty to know about the various individuals who’ve lived in the White House and served the country from the Oval Office. And there are also some things you may not be familiar with about the men who’ve led our federal government throughout the decades.

A few interesting details…

  • Three presidents have received Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. They are Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.

  • Martin Van Buren is credited by some for the creation of the word “OK.” He was from Kinderhook, NY. And, during his campaign, Old Kinderhook (O.K.) Clubs formed to support his run. His supporters also used the shortened “OK” at rallies.

  • The first official White House website made its debut in October of 1994 under Bill Clinton’s administration.

  • The White House wasn’t known as the White House until Theodore Roosevelt officially named it so in 1901.

  • Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital. He was born at the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, on October 1, 1924.

  • Ulysses S. Grant, received a $20 speeding ticket for “driving” his horse drawn carriage too fast on a street in Washington, D.C.

  • John Quincy Adams swam in the Potomac River every morning as part of his daily routine. Some say he preferred skinny-dipping.

  • The first president to have both a telephone and typewriter in the White House was Rutherford B. Hayes.

  • Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska. He legally changed his name because of his very close relationship with his stepfather Gerald Rudolph Ford.

  • James Garfield, the 20th President, was the first left-handed President.

  • Three presidents passed away on the Fourth of July. They were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

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