When former president Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep in 1919, Thomas R. Marshall, the sitting vice-president, said “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”
Since Ronald Reagan, each outgoing United States president has left a private message on the Oval Office desk for the incoming president on Inauguration Day.
President James K. Polk is nicknamed by some historians “the least known consequential president.” He promised to serve just one term, and he achieved ALL of the agenda he set at the beginning of his term.
The US Congress voted to pay George Washington $25,000 a year. He declined since he valued his image as a selfless public servant but ultimately accepted to avoid a precedent where the presidency would be perceived as limited only to wealthy individuals who could serve without pay.
Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister.
The first president of Zimbabwe was President Banana.
Once out of office, President Harry Truman decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the office. He had no personal savings. His only income was his old army pension: $113 per month.
President Garfield’s assassin chose an ivory-handled gun over a similar wooden-handled model because he knew it would look better in a museum exhibit.
The US has had a Native American vice president.