25 Presidential Facts for Everyone Killing Time at the Polls

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1. The last time a Republican was elected president without a Nixon or Bush on the ticket was 1928.
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2. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election (for Ulysses S. Grant). She never paid the fine.
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3. In 1865, six-year-old Teddy Roosevelt watched Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in New York City.
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4. On Inauguration Day in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt wore a ring that contained a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair.
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5. The littlest president was James Madison. He was 5'4" and weighed about 100 pounds.
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6. When her husband was president, Julia Tyler used the title "Mrs. Presidentress."
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7. The Clinton White House cat almost had his own Super Nintendo game. It was called Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill.
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8. William Faulkner once refused a dinner invitation from President Kennedy's White House. "Why that’s a hundred miles away," Faulkner explained. "That’s a long way to go just to eat."
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9. Before he was president, Grover Cleveland was a hangman. As sheriff of Erie County, he personally carried out two hanging sentences.
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10. Upon hearing the news of Calvin Coolidge's death, Dorothy Parker reportedly asked, "How can they tell?"

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11. Richard Nixon once said, "If I had my life to live over again, I'd like to have ended up a sportswriter."
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12. Random BusinessWeek quote from 2004: "A campaign spokeswoman says Friendster doesn't fit in with President Bush's Internet strategy."
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13. Truman Capote said he was the only person who'd met John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Sirhan Sirhan.
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14. An excerpt from Ronald Reagan's Diary from October 17, 1984: "Little Drew Barrymore—the child in 'E.T.'—was one of the children [I met]. She’s a nice little person."
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15. In 1975, President Ford's daughter Susan held her high school's senior prom at the White House.
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16. Last year the Albanian town Fushe Kruje unveiled a statue of George W. Bush, who visited the country in 2007.
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17. In 1968, Wilt Chamberlain endorsed Nixon, saying, "It's intriguing to know I might have some hand in shaping the future of this country."
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18. If you combine the electoral college results of the 1980 and 1984 elections, Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale 1014-62.
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19. When he appeared on Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, Bill Clinton correctly answered three questions about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
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20. On Christmas Day in 1868, Andrew Johnson unconditionally pardoned everyone who'd fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
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21. Tire mogul Harvey Firestone gave Calvin Coolidge a pygmy hippopotamus in 1927. In fact, many of the pygmy hippos in US zoos are that one's descendants.
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22. In 1988, George H.W. Bush briefly considered naming Clint Eastwood as his running mate.
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23. William McKinley was on the $500 bill, Grover Cleveland was on the $1,000, and James Madison was on the $5,000.
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24. After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.
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25. 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."

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