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Hail to the Chief!


I remember as a child learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington during the month of February since their birthdays are Feb. 12th and Feb. 22nd, respectively. I don't know who decided that we should have "Presidents' Day" instead. Since this is known as Presidents' Day weekend, I thought I'd pass on several interesting things that are supposed to be true from presidential history.

Lincoln And Kennedy

I submit two presidents, two centuries, two assassins, and some mighty strange coincidences.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.

Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names are made of fifteen letters.

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were both assassinated before their trials.

A week before Lincoln was shot, he visited Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

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Presidential Potholes - some things that former presidents would probably have rather had forgotten about them.

Andrew Jackson fought many duels and had two bullets lodged in his body.

Thomas Jefferson kept caged grizzly bears at the White House.

Ida Saxton McKinley, the President's wife suffered from seizures and could pass out in the middle of conversation without falling from her chair. When this happened the President simply threw a handkerchief over her face until she came to and carried on the conversation.

Grover Cleveland answered his own phone at the White House.

President W. H. Taft weighed over 300 pounds. Once he got stuck in the White House bathtub and had to be helped out. A special bathtub, big enough for four average men had to be built for him.

Franklin Roosevelt was superstitious and refused to sit at a table of 13 people.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so good at sports that little Quentin once said, "I'll bet Mother was a boy when she was little."

The Fillmores brought the first kitchen stove into the White House, but the cook could not figure out how it worked. The President visited the patent office, read the drawings, saw the model, learned how to work it, and then went back to the White House to teach what he had learned to the cook.

By the age of 15, Harry Truman had read every book in the public library in Independence, MO, but he never attended college.

At the dinner table Jimmy Carter's daughter sometimes recited the blessing with the help of her toy toaster which popped up Bible verses.

Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes hand painted her own china. Some of it was quite unappetizing, representing animals fighting and birds eating rotten vegetables.

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Rob

President Clinton voiced support for school uniforms to cut down on violence. It sure has done wonders for the United States Postal Service!


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1 Comment on “Hail to the Chief!”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Feb 17th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    History sometimes seems to be filled with strange parallels and coincidences. The fact that Rob and I are even old enough to remember JFK’s assassination in 1963 makes us almost mature! At any rate, may I pass along another humorous presidential anecdote?

    It seems that President Calvin Coolidge was a man of very few words. A popular socialite attended a reception for Coolidge, having placed a wager that she would be able to elicit at least three words from Coolidge. As she spoke to Coolidge about her wager, he responded to her with the words, “You lose.” Great story!


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