7 Fun Facts about Presidents

Posted by Superberries on 2/16/2019 to Lifestyle

President's Day -- Mount Rushmore

In honor of Presidents Day, we thought it would be fun as the top antioxidant and super food in the land to share some fun trivia about the top office in the land, the President. 

At Superberries we are a bit partial to berries, Aronia berries in fact.  Did you know that three presidents loved eating berries?  George Washington’s favorite food was cherry pie, of course, John Adams loved fruit of any kind including berries. President Gerald Ford loved to eat waffles, strawberries and sour cream. 

White House
Did you know it wasn’t until 1901 that they started calling the home of the President the White House.  Prior to Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency (26th President), it was called the President's Palace or the Executive Mansion.  George Washington never lived in the White House.  The Capital was actually in Philadelphia.  Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

Although Presidents have typically been cat and dog owners, here are a few unusual pets that have graced the White House.  Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca that he walked on a leash.  Herbert Hoover had an opossum.  Theodore Roosevelts’ kids had snakes, dogs, cats, a badger, birds, guinea pigs, and more.  In fact, when Roosevelt's son Archie was suffering with measles, Quentin brought the family pony up the elevator to his room to cheer him up.  During World War I, Woodrow Wilson kept a herd of sheep on the White House Lawn to keep the grass short.  Their wool was auctioned to raise money for the Red Cross.  Some presidential pets have been gifts from other world leaders. James Buchanan was gifted with a herd of elephants from the King of Siam (Thailand). The Sultan of Oman gave Martin Van Buren, a pair of tiger cubs.

At 6 feet, 4 inches, (1.9 meters), Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President. James Madison was the shortest president of the United States, standing at only 5’4” and only 100 pounds.  At 325 pounds, William Howard Taft was dubbed “Big Bill,” was the largest president. 

The Teddy Bear was named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and was created when he refused to shoot a small bear cub.  Lincoln Logs were named after Abraham Lincoln.  The logs were inspired by the log cabin Abraham Lincoln was born in and created by John Lloyd Wright, son of famous architect Francis Lloyd Wright.  

James Abram Garfield, the 20th President was the first president to talk on the phone.  He spoke with Alexander Graham Bell was 13 miles away.  The 29th President, Warren Harding was the first to own a radio and give a speech over the radio. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration.  William Henry Harrison was a bit spooked to have electricity in the White House.  He never turned on a light switch, because he thought he would be electrocuted. 

John Tyler had the most children, 15 -- eight by his first wife and seven by his second. His last child was born when he was 70. 

Here are links to over 200 fun facts Presidents: