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30 Amazing Facts About U.S. Presidents You Never Knew
All rights reserved. Think U. Think again. United States presidents weren't just leaders—they were real people with real lives, just like you. Read on to find out surprising information about the actual person behind the president. Many presidents had unusual careers before entering the White House. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, was a peanut farmer.
Yet there is so much about them that still manages to surprise. From odd hobbies and strange coincidences to just downright quirky behavior, presidents of the United States are colorful characters you may only think you understand. To get a better sense of who these guys were and are , here are 30 astonishing facts about the men who have sat behind the Resolute Desk. Aside from the five farms his home, Mount Vernon, included, you could also find a distillery. He and his plantation manager figured, hey, why let it go to waste? The distillery was established in after he was president and produced about 11, gallons of whiskey per year. Kennedy was plagued with a bad back that kept him from enlisting in the Army.
And while you may be well-versed in textbook facts about each president, you may have never heard of some of their pet peeves, quirks, and pastimes. For example, did you know Abraham Lincoln was a near-undefeated wrestler? And Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, liked having his scalp massaged with petroleum jelly while he enjoyed breakfast in bed? Click here to read a weird fact about every U. Contrary to popular belief, George Washington's teeth weren't wooden after all. Rather, his dentures comprised a peculiar combination of animal teeth, brass screws, lead, gold wire, hippopotamus ivory, and even bone.
And while you may be well-versed in textbook facts about each president, you may have never heard of some of their pet peeves, quirks, and.
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Over the past two centuries, an immense amount of American history has happened, marked by different presidents. Although each one carried the same title, they're all unique individuals who made the presidency their own. Read on to learn unusual facts about each commander-in-chief, and be ready to find out that certain stories were just myths. Contrary to popular myth , the first president did not in fact have wooden teeth. Instead, his dentures were made of human and cow teeth, ivory, and metal. However, the president was fond of very dark wines, which may have stained his dentures, giving them the appearance of being wooden.