Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Today In - 'Useless Info'



John Adams was the first president to reside in the White House, moving in November 1800 while the paint was still wet.

When Adams and his family moved to Washington to live in the White House, they got lost in the woods north of the city for several hours.

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Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph never mentioning that he served as president.

His epitaph read, "Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia."

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John Quincy Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River.

The first American professional journalist, Anne Royall, knew of Adams’ 5:00 a.m. swims.

After being refused interviews with Adams many times, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview.

Before this, no female had interviewed a president.

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Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. president born in the United States.

The presidents preceding Van Buren were born in colonies that later became states.

Van Buren was the first to be born after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

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To set a good example for the country Rutherford B. Hayes banished liquor and wine from the White House.

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Benjamin Harrison was the first president to use electricity in the White House.

After he got an electrical shock, his family often refused to touch the light switches and sometimes would go to bed with the lights on.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Claystation said...

There is speculation that President Buchanan was our first gay president.

He wasn't married... his niece assumed the duties of the wife of the president. The press didn't know what to call her... rather than calling her "Mrs. President," they called her the "First Lady."

This is where the term "First Lady" started.

October 21, 2008  
Blogger Big Daddy said...

Interesting.

October 21, 2008  

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