What Are Some Unusual Facts About U.S. Presidents?


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One unusual fact about former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is that both died on Independence Day in 1826, 50 years after the singing of the Declaration of Independence. They died within five hours of each other.

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Some unusual facts also surround two presidents who served a century apart from each other: Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Lincoln became a congressman in 1846 and president in 1860, while Kennedy became a congressman in 1946 and president in 1960. Shots to their heads killed both presidents, each on Friday. Men named Johnson succeeded both assassinated presidents: Andrew Johnson succeeded Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson succeeded Kennedy. Coincidentally, both Johnsons were born 100 years apart, in 1808 and 1908, respectively.

Some other unusual facts about U.S. presidents include the ticketing of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States. Grant received a $20 citation for speeding in his horse and buggy in Washington, D.C. He wasn’t the only president to face legal troubles; police arrested John Adams and Thomas Jefferson for driving a carriage in the countryside on a Sunday, a practice forbidden at the time.

Abraham Lincoln, who was the tallest U.S. president and stood 6 foot 4 inches, is the only president who was also a licensed bartender, as of 2015. Lincoln co-owned the Berry and Lincoln saloon in Springfield, Illinois. The only president to ever work as a hangman was Grover Cleveland; he hung two men during his role as sheriff in Erie County, New York.

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