In honor of President’s Day we’ve put together some of our favorite fun facts about presidents:
- George Washington was the only president unanimously elected. Meaning all of the state representatives voted for him.
- James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall (Lyndon B. Johnson was also 6′ 4″).
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television during a 1939 broadcast from the World’s Fair.
- At 42 years, 10 months, 18 days old Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest man to hold the office of president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest at 69 years 11 months. John F. Kennedy was the youngest to be elected president.
- Teddy Roosevelt was blind in his left eye due to an injury in a boxing match.
- The “S” in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything.
- John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout.
- Andrew Jackson was shot in the chest during a gun dual, but managed to stay standing and shoot and kill his opponent. The bullet could not be safely removed and remained in his chest for the next 40 years.
- George W. Bush is the only president to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
- Martin Van Buren was the only president to speak English as a second language. His first language was Dutch.
- William Henry Harrisons was the 9th president. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd president.
- John Tyler had 15 children. The White House must have been hopping!
- James K. Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken while in office.