Although I have never been a real political man, I have always had interest in our presidents as humans. After all, that's exactly what they are even though we forget that at times. Some have loved TV, others sports, and down home cooking, even though it maybe the most stressful job in the world, the U.S. presidents all had something at the end of the day that made them unique. Here are some interesting facts about all 44 presidents.

  • George Washington

    1789-1797

    Had false teeth that were made from elephant and walrus tusks, not wood.

  • John Adams

    1797-1801

    John Adams was the first US President to actually live at the White House. Washington never did.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    1801-1809

    Jefferson kept a mockingbird named Dick in the White House study, and let the bird ride on his shoulder whenever possible. President Jefferson even trained Dick to take bits of food that he held between his lips at meals! When Jefferson went upstairs, his faithful companion would hop up after him, step after step, never far from his side.

  • James Madison

    1809-1817

    Smallest President at 5' 4″, under 100 lbs.

  • James Monroe

    1817-1825

    The last of the “Founding Fathers” James Monroe had two vice presidents die while he was in office and he also had a love for dogs with sheep dogs and a black spaniel dog running around the White House.

  • John Quincy Adams

    1825-1829

    The son of John Adams was fond of swimming naked in the Potomac River. He kept silkworms and an alligator as pets and was the first president to be photographed. Adams is also the first president to install a billiards table in the White House.

  • Andrew Jackson

    1829-1837

    Jackson was a known dueler. He had a bullet in his chest through his presidency, and he killed a man in a duel while in office.

  • Martin Van Buren

    1837-1841

    Born in New York in 1782, Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. president born as a citizen of the United States. All of his predecessors had been born as British subjects prior to the American Revolution. His family was of Dutch ancestry, and Van Buren was the only president in U.S. history for whom English was a second language.

  • William Henry Harrison

    1841

    William Henry Harrison at the age of 68 died from Pneumonia due to giving a speech during a snowstorm without any protection from the elements. He was only a President for 32 days.

  • John Tyler

    1841-1845

    Tyler either loved kids or he loved women, he has 16 kids!

  • James K. Polk

    1845-1849

    The President and Mrs Polk had strict religious beliefs. The Polks refused to attend the theater or the horse races. Dancing, card playing, and alcoholic drinks were banned from the White House. Visitors were not permitted at the White House on the Sabbath.

  • Zachary Taylor

    1849-1850

    On July 4, 1850, Taylor ate cherries and drank milk at a ceremony at the Washington Memorial. However, he fell ill because of the heat, and died after 5 days. He was the second president to die in office.

  • Millard Fillmore

    1850-1853

    First President to have a stove and running water in the White House.

  • Franklin Pierce

    1853-1857

    Maybe the least known president in our history, Pierce was maybe the best speaker, he gave his 3,319-word inaugural address from memory, without the aid of notes. He was also the first to have a Christmas Tree in the White House.

  • James Buchanan

    1857-1861

    Rightly or wrongly, “Old Buck” has been tagged as one of history's least effective presidents. Maybe it's because Buchanan was a lifelong bachelor and the only president never to marry.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    1861-1865

    Lincoln was a sort of psychic. In the weeks before his death, Lincoln was extremely melancholy. He had seen portents of his own death, and had been dreaming of death as well. On one occasion looked in the mirror and saw a double reflection, one image much paler and blurrier than the other. He told his wife that he thought it meant that he had survived his first term, but wouldn’t survive his second. The week prior to his death, Lincoln had a dream of hearing crying in a distant room of the White House. He sought out the room and found that it had a coffin in it. He asked the weeping person who had died and the person responded that it was the President. In his dream, Lincoln looked into the coffin and saw himself.

  • Andrew Johnson

    1865-1869

    He got married when he was 18, and with some help from his wife and others, he taught himself to read and write soon after.

  • Ulysses S. Grant

    1869-1877

    Grant used around seven to ten cigars a day, although many of them he did not smoke, chewing on them instead. After a reporter wrote that Grant liked cigars, people began to send them to him as gifts. He received over 20,000, which may have contributed to his throat cancer.

  • Rutherford B. Hayes

    1877-1881

    First President to use a phone – his phone number was 1.

  • James A. Garfield

    1881

    Could write with both hands at the same time – in different languages.

  • Chester A. Arthur

    1881-1885

    Changed his pants several times a day – he owned 80 pairs of pants.

  • Grover Cleveland

    1885-1889

    In his second term, he got cancer of the jaw. He DISAPPEARED for about six weeks. The surgery was performed in secret on a bobbing boat off the shore of Long Island, New York, where they chiseled out part of his jawbone.

  • Benjamin Harrison

    1889-1893

    Grandson of William H. Harrison, Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electric lights in the White House.

  • Grover Cleveland

    1893-1897

    Not a typo, Cleveland was the first and only President to ever serve 2 non-consecutive terms.

  • William McKinley

    1897-1901

    McKinley was the first president to have the use of telephones and telegraphs giving him access to battlefield commanders and reporters in mere minutes, and he used this to his full advantage. He censored the news at home about the war abroad. McKinley is also the only assassinated president not to have a vice president named Johnson.

  • Theodore Roosevelt

    1901-1909

    The youngest president ever elected, 42, Roosevelt was also the first president to travel outside the United States. He made the trip to Panama.

  • William H. Taft

    1909-1913

    Heaviest President weighing in at a whopping 332 pounds!

  • Woodrow Wilson

    1913-1921

    Wilson suffered from dyslexia as a child so he was considered a slow student, but he must have out grown it because he was the first president to personally deliver the State of the Union Address. He was also pictured on the on the $10,000 bill that is no longer in circulation.

  • Warren G. Harding

    1921-1923

    Harding liked to bet… He once gambled away a set of White House china.

  • Calvin Coolidge

    1923-1929

    Calvin Coolidge was an exemplary pubic speaker. But in private, he was a man of few words. He had once explained by writing, “The words of a President have an enormous weight, and ought not to be used indiscriminately.” He was called the “Silent Cal” in private.

  • Herbert Hoover

    1929-1933

    Hoover spoke Chinese to his wife to keep their stories private.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1933-1945

    Many first came from “FDR” including being the only president to be elected a third and fourth term, the first to appoint a woman to cabinet, and the first to appear on television as president.

  • Harry S. Truman

    1945-1953

    Truman loved to read so much that he read every book in his hometown library.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    1953-1961

    Eisenhower was a four-pack-a-day smoker until he quit cold turkey in 1949… His grandson David married Richard Nixon's daughter Julie in 1968… Like his contemporary Winston Churchill, Ike was an amateur oil painter… When Eisenhower ran for president in 1952 he resigned from the army, forfeiting an annual pension of nearly $20,000… Eisenhower was baptized and became a member of the National Presbyterian Church shortly after he was inaugurated in 1953.

  • John F. Kennedy

    1961-1963

    Kennedy was a speed reader, reading 1,200 words per minute. He also kept the White House pool at 90 degrees when he was President.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    1963-1969

    Johnson used to go through the White House at night turning lights off that were not needed. He did not want to waste the taxpayers money. At fifteen he ran away from home and traveled to California where he worked as a grape picker and auto mechanic.

  • Richard M. Nixon

    1969-1974

    A huge football fan, Nixon recommended a play to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI.

  • Gerald R. Ford

    1974-1977

    Ford loved his kids so much that he actually granted his daughters request, and held her High School prom in the White House.

  • Jimmy Carter

    1977-1981

    Carter has a collection of American Indian arrowheads and old bottles. He is also a tennis player, back on his family’s peanut farm where he grew up, they had a dirty tennis court, and he continued to play into his elder years to stay in shape.

  • Ronald Reagan

    1981-1989

    Reagan, or “Dutch” loved jelly beans and used to keep a bowl of them on his desk at all times.

  • George Bush

    1989-1993

    Bush hated Broccoli and banned it from White House events. His pets were Millie, a Springer spaniel, and Ranger, one of Millie's pups.

  • William J. Clinton

    1993-2001

    Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas and was called Bubba throughout most of his childhood. He was in an accident that involved a sheep, and he often to refer to it as the worst beating of his life. He learned to play saxophone and played in a band, and can be identified as the only U.S. president that played the saxophone.

  • George W. Bush

    2001-2009

    Bush is part owner of the Texas Rangers, but is not just an owner, he is also a fan. He has a collection of over 250 signed baseballs.

  • Barack Obama

    2009-Present

    Obama doesn’t like ice-cream. He worked in Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. That’s where his distaste for ice-cream comes from.