As Pres. Grover Cleveland and his wife were moving out of the White House, she told staff to take care of the place because “We are coming back four years from today.” Cleveland won another term and moved back in four years later.
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State.
In 2003, Beyoncé came under fire from the Grant Monument Association for dancing in a “patently inappropriate” way on the steps of the tomb of President Ulysses S. Grant. President Grant’s great-grandson defended her saying, “If the old guy were alive, he might have enjoyed it.”
The Hoovers both spoke Mandarin. In the White House they would speak in Mandarin to avoid eavesdroppers. To date, Lou Hoover is the only First Lady to speak an Asian language. They were also well versed in Latin; working together to translate “De Re Metallica” a 16th century mining textbook.
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was “shameful in front of their guests,” he replied “If the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”
The youngest American First Lady was 21 year old Francis Cleveland. She married her godfather, 48 year old President Grover Cleveland who helped raise her after Francis’ father/his good friend died when she was 9. He bought her a baby carriage and doted on her from the moment she was born.
Before he died, FDR proposed a “Second Bill of Rights,” which included the right to food, housing, clothing, education, medical care, and recreation. He considered this vital to American freedom and security.
The 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, regularly staged boxing matches in the White House and took on anyone he could- including professional boxers.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton read a novel about a mad scientist who spread a virus in NYC. Concerned about this risk, he established the Strategic National Stockpile, which contains billions of dollars in medical supplies (many being used now).
After Lawrence’s pistols misfired, during Andrew Jackson’s assassination attempt, Jackson credited divine providence with intervening on his behalf. A century later, both pistols were tested and fired at the first shot. The odds that both would misfire was estimated to be about 1 in 125,000.