Quirky Facts About Every U.S. President

Quirky Facts About Every U.S. President

A president is expected to be strong, serious, noble, and deliberate. But that doesn't mean there's no room for quirkiness. All throughout American history, presidents have had unexpected habits and occasional eccentric behavior. Take William Henry Harrison, the 9th president, who kept a pet goat in the White House. And although there may not seem to be many similarities between presidents and Las Vegas stand-up comedians, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, has been both.

Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president, once got a speeding ticket on a horse, and is rumored to have smoked up to 20 cigars a day. Even odder, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president, was scared of light switches. It seems like a strange quality, but Harrison was the sitting president when electricity was installed in the White House. This newfangled lighting system had Harrison so wary that he refused to touch the light switches for fear of electrocution. Get more unexpected presidential facts in the video below.

44 Facts About the U.S. Presidents

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president, gave the White House its name in 1901.

The Weird Suggestions For George Washington's Title Before "Mr. President"

"Your Most Benign Highness" sounds hilarious and ridiculous today.

Abraham Lincoln Fed His Cat With a Gold Fork

Sure, why not?

George Washington's Dentures Were Not Made Of Wood

They were a hodgepodge of other stuff.


from George Washington's Mount Vernon

Key Facts In This Video

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    There is only one complete surviving set of George Washington's teeth. (0:13)

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    George Washington started losing his teeth in his mid-20s. (0:26)

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    George Washington's teeth have a lead base, and the teeth are those of horses or asses, cows, and humans. (1:02)

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