Presidents Day Trivia

Hail to the Chief! Presidents Day falls on the 3rd Monday of February each year. Originally known as Washington’s Birthday, the day is also famous in the retail world as a day to break out the winter sales. So celebrate by attending a parade, wearing red, white and blue, or buying a new car. While you’re honoring our nation’s leaders, keep your brain busy with some mind-popping presidential trivia!


  • America’s first president, George Washington, was the only president ever to be unanimously elected.
  • America’s fourth president, James Madison, was the shortest president, measuring in at 5’4”.
  • America’ss sixth president, John Quincy Adams, regularly swam nude in the Potomac River.
  • The term “O.K.” came from our eighth president, Martin Van Buren. He was raised in Kinderhook, New York and was known as “Old Kinderhook.” O.K. became a shorthand for Van Buren, and thus “okay” was born.
  • Tenth president, John Tyler, had 15 children – the most of any U.S. president.
  • Fourteenth president, Franklin Pierce, was the first president to introduce a Christmas tree into the White House.
  • Fifteenth president, James Buchanan, was the only president to stay a bachelor.
  • Sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, was the tallest president at 6’4”.
  • Seventeenth president, Andrew Johnson, had no formal education. His wife taught him to read, write and do math.
  • Twenty-second president, Grover Cleveland, answered the White House phones personally.
  • Thirty-seventh president, Richard Nixon, was the first president to visit all 50 states and also to ever visit China.
  • Thirty-fifth president, John F. Kennedy, suffered from Addison’s disease.
  • Forty-fourth president, Barack Obama, is the first black president of the U.S.
  • Eight presidents were left-handed: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
  • Only two presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery: John F. Kennedy and William H. Taft.

Do you have any interesting presidential factoids to share? Leave them in the comments section below!