Interesting trivia of the American presidents including their firsts, destinies and feats. Alongside their First Ladies, they are no more than gods but ordinary mortals. Nevertheless, they are respected and recognized for what they represent, as leaders and movers of the free world.
American Presidential Trivia and Facts
- James Buchanan – The Bachelor President
- Dwight D. Eisenhower – Ike
- Andrew Jackson – Old Hickory
- Thomas Jefferson – The Sage of Monticello
- John F. Kennedy – The King of Camelot
- Abraham Lincoln – The Great Emancipator
- Theodore Roosevelt – The Rough Rider
- Franklin D. Roosevelt – The New Dealer
- William Howard Taft – Big Bill
- Harry S. Truman – The Haberdasher
- George Washington – The Father of His Country
- Woodrow Wilson – The Schoolteacher
Fun Presidential Trivia
- At the start of the 20th century, the first three U.S. Presidents who became a president without having held any major elective office were William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- As president of the United States of America, George Washington set the precedent of kissing the Bible and presenting an inaugural speech after taking the oath of office.
- Bill Clinton is the only president elected twice without receiving at least 50 percent of the popular vote either time. He received 43 percent of the popular vote in 1992 and 49 per cent in 1996.
- Franklin Pierce is the first American president born at the turn of the 19th century. He was born in 1804.
- George W. Bush is the only U.S. president to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School.
- The first two U.S. presidents born outside of the original 13 colonies were Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area of the Carolinas, and Lincoln, in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower is the only U.S. general in the 20th century to become American president. A graduate of West Point and the United StatesMilitary Academy, Eisenhower was in charge of the D-Day invasion near the end of World War II. His parents were members of a fundamentalist religious sect and were strict pacifists.
- Bill Clinton is the only U.S. president whose wife attained elective office. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first First Lady to be elected to high office, as senator from New York.
- Barack Obama is the first African American U.S. president.
- Abraham Lincoln is the U.S. president who declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. In 1863, he issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving to be a national holiday, celebrated on the last Thursday of November.
- James Buchanan is the only U.S. president who never married.
- Virginia is the U.S. state where the greatest number of American presidents have been born. It is the birth state of the seven of the first twelve presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Zachary Taylor. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. president) was also born in Virginia.
- Benjamin Harrison is the U.S. president who began the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in the White House, in 1889 on Christmas morning. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt served the longest period of time. He was elected to four terms, serving from 1933 to 1945.
- Herbert Hoover approved “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
- Golf is often the sport most associated with American presidents. The first U.S. president who took up the game was William Howard Taft.
- The two U.S. presidents whose names contain all the vowels, plus ‘y’ – Ulysses Simpson Grant and Rutherford Birchard Hayes.
- The two American presidents who died on the very same day – the 2nd and 3rd U.S. presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were rivals, then friends. Both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- The first U.S. president who won the Nobel Peace Prize is Theodore Roosevelt, in 1906, for mediating the Russian-Japanese War Treaty. Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama also won the Nobel Peace Prize.
- U.S. presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota, in the Black Hills, 23 miles southwest of Rapid City.
- The three American presidents who were sons of a clergyman were Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson.
- John F. Kennedy is the only American president to win a Pulitzer Prize. He received the prize for his book Profiles in Courage.