August 7, 2014

Harry Truman

Our 33rd President: 1945-1953 Just the Facts:  His parents couldn’t agree on a middle name so the initial “S” was put on his birth certificate (it doesn’t stand for anything).  Before president, he owned a “haberdashery,” which was a fancy word for a hat or clothing store.  Truman loved to play the piano.  He was the […]

August 6, 2014

Franklin Roosevelt

Our 32nd President: 1933-1945 Just the Facts:  His nickname was “FDR.”  FDR was president for 13 years – the only president to serve more than 2 terms.  He made many speeches on the radio, calling them “fireside chats.”  He appointed the first woman to the cabinet.  His wife, Eleanor, was the a powerful First Lady.  […]

August 5, 2014

Herbert Hoover

Our 31st President: 1929-1933 Just the Facts:  Herbert Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi.  His nickname was “The Great Engineer.”  He refused to accept a salary while he was president.  He graduated from Stanford University, despite failing a German language course.  He designated the “Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. […]

August 4, 2014

Calvin Coolidge

Our 30th President: 1923-1929 Just the Facts:  Calvin was born on July 4, our Independence Day.  His full name is “John Calvin Coolidge.”  He was a man of few words – a little shy and quiet.  But he did like practical jokes.  His nickname was “Silent Cal.”  The Coolidge family had lots of pets – […]

July 31, 2014

Warren Harding

Our 29th President: 1921-1923   Just the Facts:  His nickname was “Wobbly Warren.”  He was the first president to talk on the radio.  He had so many clothes he had to have new closets built in the White House.  He had the biggest feet of any president – size 14!  Harding invented the word “normalcy” […]

July 30, 2014

Woodrow Wilson

Our 28th President: 1913-1921 Just the Facts:   His full name was “Thomas Woodrow Wilson.”  Wilson had pet sheep that grazed on the White House lawn.  Wilson liked being President of the United States.  He was the first president to have a PhD.  He was president when the 19th Amendment was passed, which gave women […]

July 29, 2014

William Taft

Our 27th President: 1909-1913 Just the Facts:   His nickname was “Big Bill.”  In fact, he weighed over 300 pounds when he was president.  Once he got stuck in the White House bathtub.  After that, he had a larger tub installed just for him.  He loved baseball – to watch it, play it and talk […]

July 28, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt

Our 26th President: 1901-1909 Just the Facts:    Teddy bears were named after him.  He was our youngest president ever – sworn in at age 42.  His nickname was “TR.”  When he was a child, his nickname was “Teedie.”  He was the first “modern president.”  He loved the great outdoors and needed strenuous activity each […]

July 24, 2014

William McKinley

Our 25th President: 1897-1901 Just the Facts:  McKinley was the last of the Ohio president dynasty (5 presidents in 28 years!)  He was the first president to ride in a car.  He had a pet parrot (its name was “Washington Post.”)  His inauguration was the first to be recorded on film.  He thought red carnations […]

July 23, 2014

Benjamin Harrison

23rd President: 1889-1893 Just the Facts:    The White House got electricity during his term.  He kept pet goats at the White House – they would even pull his grandchildren around in a cart.  His nickname was “The Iceberg,” because people thought he was cold, formal and snooty.  Grover Cleveland was president before AND after […]

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