President John Quincy Adams owned an alligator which he kept in the White House.
One of the least-remembered US Presidents, Millard Fillmore, was effectively sold as a child by his destitute father into a kind of indentured servitude (bordering on child slavery). He eventually bought himself from his master for $30 and walked 100 miles to his home at age 14.
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, had electricity installed in the White House for the first time. He and his wife were so scared of being electrocuted that they wouldn’t touch the light switches, often going to sleep with the lights on.
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson was also: a lawyer, an architect, president of the American Philosophical Society, a speaker of 5 languages, founder of the Univ. of VA., inventor of the swivel chair, and author to what is considered the most important American book published before 1800.
President Carter once told a joke during a speech to a Japanese audience which caused the audience to erupt in laughter. Impressed, he asked how the interpreter managed to get such a laugh. The interpreter admitted that he had said, “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh”.
Former president Gerald Ford turned down contract offers from both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions so he could attend law school at Yale.
The military under Richard Nixon was ordered not to react to any orders from the president due to his depression.
The whole reason we focus on presidents’ first 100 days in office so much is because of how much FDR accomplished during his.
Finland’s current president was in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami. He survived by climbing up an utility pole with his son.
Liberty, President Gerald Ford’s dog, was trained to create diversions in meetings. If Ford wanted to end a conversation in the Oval Office, he would signal Liberty and she would go to the guest wagging her tail, creating a natural break.