15 Strange and Interesting Facts About Presidents

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Thomas Jefferson: The Horticulturalist

Thomas Jefferson

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A connoisseur of trees, plants, flowers and gardening techniques, Thomas Jefferson had a family of plants named after him, Jeffersonia diphylla, which is also known as twin root or rheumatism root.

Abraham Lincoln: The Haunted

Abraham Lincoln

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This may be one of the MOST strange and interesting facts about presidents on our list!

Abraham Lincoln was said to have dabbled in the paranormal, attending seances after the passing of his son and with the encouragement of his grieving wife Mary Todd.

He is also, the first president to ever be photographed at his inauguration. Hauntingly, in the photo he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin.

Calvin Coolidge: The Strange

Calvin Coolidge

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President Coolidge takes the cake when it comes to really weird behavior. While we all love a delicious breakfast in bed, Calvin Coolidge liked to take his to a bizarre new level.

He would request that his head be rubbed with petroleum jelly while he ate his morning pancakes in bed. It should be mentioned that Calvin Coolidge was not bald.

Ronald Reagan: Jellybean Aficionado

Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Reagan was fanatical about Jelly Belly jellybeans. The company created the blueberry flavor specifically for him so that he could have red, white and blue jellybeans.

His obsession was so grand that during his inauguration in 1981 he had more than 7,000 pounds of jelly beans delivered to the White House.

Benjamin Harrison: The Electric Man

Benjamin Harrison

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As familiar as we are with electricity in our lifetime, during Benjamin Harrison’s term in office, electricity was a hot new invention.

Electricity first came to the White House during President Harrison’s term and as convenient as it was, electricity to Harrison and his family came with a few scary uncertainties.

Terrified that they would be shocked if they touched a light switch, they would often times leave the lights on for days or until White House staff turned them off.

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