Abraham Lincoln created the secret service just hours before he was assassinated.
Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8ths African and was inherited by Johnson after his father’s death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his “slave.”
A man saved President Ford from assassination then had his life ruined as the media outed him as gay
Richard Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks to give himself a better chance in the 1968 U.S. Presidential election, prolonging the war by 5 years.
With the exception of 2004, the Nickelodeon specials “Kids Pick the President” have correctly predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1988.
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.