Wednesday, December 05, 2007

20 Things You Didn't Know About US Presidents

I found this piece and was a bit disappointed as I already knew most of the facts, but figured not everyone might be as much of a geek as I am and therefore enjoy this list. I've picked out the facts I didn't know to share here:

6. Often depicted wearing a tall black stovepipe hat, 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln carried letters, bills, and notes in his hat.

9. Both ambidextrous and multilingual, 20th president of the United States James Garfield could write Greek with one hand while writing Latin with the other. [I had heard this about Jefferson, but not Garfield.]

10. Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th president of the United States, underwent a secret operation aboard a yacht to remove his cancerous upper jaw in 1893.

15. Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president, published more than 16 books, including one called Fishing for Fun-And to Wash Your Soul. [I knew he had published books, but not that one.]

16. 32nd president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt was related, either by blood or by marriage, to 11 former presidents. [I knew he was related to a few, but 11 did shock me a bit!]

18. Military leader and 34th president of the U.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower loved to cook; he developed a recipe for vegetable soup that is 894 words long and includes the stems of nasturtium flowers as one of the ingredients. [I knew about the cooking, but not the recipe.]


Julie L. said...

I enjoyed your post. I knew about Lincoln's Hat, the Teddy Bear story, Taft's bathtub story, the S. in Truman's name and some of the other facts on the list. However, some of them were new to me like Garfield's grasp of language and Eisenhower's love of cooking.

M said...

I have read about Cleveland's surgery. It was needed and it did extend his life significantly. I think this would make a good post. I will think about writing one up.

The Tour Marm said...

I think that Jefferson had to teach himself to write with his left hand due to an injury to his right one; I'm not sure he could write in two languages simultaneously.

I grow herbs and edible flowers cooking - I would love to know Eisenhower's soup recipe!

Nice post!