In honor of President’s Day on February 18th, we have put together a list of 18 interesting facts about some of our former Presidents. Your car donation could allow a child to visit the White House!
Kids will love many of these interesting facts, especially since some of our Presidents helped invent or name their favorite things!
- President Barack Obama won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word Recording for the audio version of his book, “Dreams From My Father”.
- Lincoln Logs are named after Abraham Lincoln and the log cabin where he was born.
- James Abram Garfield was the first President to ever talk on the phone. He spoke to Alexander Graham Bell, who was thirteen miles away.
- Martin Van Buren was the first President to be a United States citizen. All previous presidents were born British.
- “Teddy Bears” are named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
- We have had six Presidents with the first name of James! These include James Madison, James Monroe, James Polk, James Buchanan, James Garfield, and James Carter.
- Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt could walk on stilts. Every member of his family owned a pair of stilts, including the First Lady.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan won the “Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award” from the University of California in 1940.
- Thomas Jefferson had a family of plants named after him. They are known as “Jeffersonia diphylla”, which is also known as twin root or rheumatism root.
- James Madison was the shortest President, weighting no more than 100 pounds and standing only at 5’4”.
- Abraham Lincoln was the tallest President, standing at 6’4” and weighing 180 pounds.
- Gerald Ford was not only a model during college, but he also worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park. He helped direct traffic and feed the bears.
- Thomas Jefferson believed that he would never get a cold if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day.
- Thomas Woodrow Wilson painted his golf balls black during the winter season so he could still play golf in the snow.
- Jimmy Carter had a farming accident which left one of his fingers permanently bent. He was a wealthy peanut farmer in plains, Georgia.
- James Polk was the first President to have his photograph taken.
- Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans and used to keep a bowl of them on his desk at all times.
- Mount Rushmore features the presidential faces standing as high as a five-story building.
There are plenty of interesting facts in history, including how George Washington loved ice cream and that Ronald Reagan was a movie actor. Each and every President is unique.
If you have a vehicle to donate to help grant a wish for a local child, consider donating it to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. We will turn your old car into a wish for a local child, ensuring a child their biggest wish will come true.