FACTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS
Stuck in a conversation about the 2016 campaign? Start tossing out these historical nuggets.
- •The Clinton White House cat almost had his own Super Nintendo game. It was called 'Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill.'
- •On Inauguration Day in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt wore a ring that contained a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair.
- •The last time a Republican was elected president without a Nixon or Bush on the ticket was 1928.
- •If you combine the electoral college results of the 1980 and 1984 elections, Ronald Reagan won 1014-62.
- •After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.
- •William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK's White House. "Why that’s a hundred miles away," Faulkner said. "That’s a long way to go just to eat."
- •In 1975, Gerald Ford's daughter Susan held her high school's senior prom at the White House.
- •On Christmas Day in 1868, Andrew Johnson unconditionally pardoned everyone who'd fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
- •Teddy Roosevelt said he cut back on boxing because it was "rather absurd for a president to appear with a black eye or a swollen nose."
- •The Albanian town Fushe Kruje erected a statue of George W. Bush, who visited the country in 2007.
- •William McKinley was on the $500 bill, Grover Cleveland was on the $1,000, and James Madison was on the $5,000.
- •Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election. She never paid the fine.
- •Upon hearing the news of Calvin Coolidge's death, Dorothy Parker reportedly asked, "How can they tell?"
- •Before he was president, Grover Cleveland was president. But before that he was a hangman. As sheriff of Erie County, he personally carried out two hanging sentences.
- •One of Richard Nixon's favorite snacks was cottage cheese with ketchup on it.
- •Random BusinessWeek quote from 2004: "A campaign spokeswoman says Friendster doesn't fit in with President Bush's Internet strategy."