15 Strange and Interesting Facts About Presidents
American presidents hold the most powerful position in the world. Yet, as much as we hold them in high esteem, we forget that behind the prestigious White House doors those mighty presidents are just as quirky and flawed as you and I; real people with real issues – issues that lead to interesting facts about presidents!
This means that we all can hold out hope that one day our strange and oddball kids can have a chance to be the most powerful leader in the world too; now that’s encouraging!
What makes someone eccentric or a bit peculiar in the eyes of others is obviously subjective. To fuel our curiosity, we’ve compiled a list of odd and intriguing behaviors of these prominent leaders.
So, what interesting facts about presidents have surfaced due to their strange quirks? Keep reading …
John Quincy Adams: The Skinny-Dipper
During his presidency, John Quincy Adams took advantage of the privacy that the Federal City offered. With its lush woods and secluded Potomac River it was the perfect spot for Adams to take a refreshing dip in the river sans clothing, which he did often in the mornings, during the months of favorable weather.
It’s said that he would leave his clothes by the riverbank and embark upon his skinny-dipping, many days unnoticed. However, not always lucky to stay out of sight, someone accounted that a cunning reporter once ambushed Adams by sitting on his pile of clothes and refusing to leave until the President gave an interview.
Jimmy Carter: The “UFO President”
While it’s not completely uncommon for people to attest to witnessing unexplained phenomenon, President Carter was the first president to openly and passionately discuss his personal experience with what he believed to be a UFO.
He recounted his 1969 sighting while on the presidential campaign trail and declared that he would make all information that the country had on UFO’s open for public and scientific exploration if voted in as president. Now there’s some strange presidential trivia for you!
James Buchanan: The Bachelor
President Buchanan is the only president to be unmarried while serving in office. He did however have a very close relationship with William R. King, a senator from Alabama.
Their uncommon attachment with each other lent to the nicknames “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy” and “Mr. Buchanan and his wife.”
John F. Kennedy: The Ladies Man
More than any other President to date, President John F. Kennedy allegedly racked up an impressive number of notches in his bedpost while married.
He was said to have slept with “Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Angie Dickinson, stripper Blaze Starr, Marlene Dietrich, and many other women including White House staffers, secretaries, stewardess, campaign workers, strippers, and acquaintances of trusted male friends.” (source)
There are even FBI tapes which caught evidence of his extramarital rendezvous.
Martin Van Buren: The Neglectful Author
President Van Buren wrote an autobiography after he had served as President of the United States. Like all autobiographies, his writing detailed of the personal and influential cornerstones of his life. However, oddly enough, Van Buren neglected to mention his wife of 12 years anywhere in the text.