Seven Things You May Not Know About President’s Day
Due to the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” enacted in 1971, Washington and Lincoln’s birthday were combined into “President’s Day”.
Here’s some little known facts regarding the people that “managed” our Country’s affairs.
- One famous tradition is for the Senate to read George Washington’s farewell address from 1796. Speaking of G.W., the folklore surrounding his wooden teeth is just that, and after losing his choppers, he had fake ones made using ivory, lead, and gold, among other material.
- Lincoln was the tallest president (6 feet 4 inches), and James Madison was the shortest, one full foot less than Lincoln.
- Andrew Johnson’s education consisted of working in a tailor shop, while his young bride taught him to read and write, and his friends helped him with the alphabet.
- John Tyler’s stamina could never be rivaled, as he fathered 15 children during two marriages.
- Ulysses S. Grant is the father of travel expense, for he was the first president to see Egypt and the Great Wall of China.
- Grover Cleveland was the first to be married in the White House in 1886. His wife was 27 years younger!
- James Buchanan was the only bachelor in the oval office, and Ronald Reagan the only divorcee when he took the reigns.
- The Post Office and financial institutions are both closed today.