Happy Inauguration Day, America! One way or another, it seems like everyone has strong opinions about this year’s election. So we wanted to lighten the mood a bit! In honor of welcoming our 45th President to this great nation, we want to celebrate by sharing a few fun facts about former U.S. Presidents that you probably never knew.
– A minimum of 300 billion portraits of Abraham Lincoln have been created–that’s how many pennies have been made since 1787.
– Sixth president John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator that lived in a bathtub at the White House.
– The first president born a U.S. citizen was Martin Van Buren. His birthday was December 5, 1782, making him the first president born after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
– John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, and they both died on its 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826.
– Nine presidents never attended college, including Washington and Lincoln. However, Lincoln was an avid reader and self-educated.
– At 6 feet 4 inches standing, Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. president. The shortest, James Madison, was 5 feet 4 inches.
– When he became president, George Washington had only one tooth. He wore dentures made of human or animal teeth, ivory, and lead, but never wood.
– George Washington is the only president that never lived in Washington, D.C. during his presidency.
– Andrew Jackson was the first president to have been born in a log cabin, and the first to ride a railroad train.
– Ronald Reagan was the oldest president inaugurated (age 69); the youngest was John F. Kennedy (age 43).
Scatter these factual morsels into conversations with your children or at your next dinner party. You’ll be surprised what discussions they spark! One thing’s for sure: each president may have been a powerful leader of the free world at one point, but they were also people — some extraordinary, some strange, but all human. Just like us.
Read more fun facts about U.S. Presidents here.