15 Little Known Facts about US Presidents

6. But he prevented mass starvation

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Hoover’s presidency is largely considered a failure because of the Great Depression. But Belgium remembers the US president with gratitude. The country was running dangerously low on food supplies because of the World War 1 naval blockades and was on the brink of starvation. On an appeal from Brussels, Hoover personally intervened and pressed the military forces of various countries to allow passage of food. It became one of the foremost examples of humanitarian aid.

7. Hippo bone, not wooden teeth

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Notwithstanding rumored US presidents facts, George Washington’s dentures were not made of wood, but probably of every other material including hippopotamus ivory, human and animal teeth, brass, lead and even gold wire. So how did the wood theory gain ground? Many historians researching into facts about US presidents believe that the first president’s fetish for dark wine stained his false teeth that forged the look of grainy wood.

8. The Last Cocked Hat

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His penchant for the dated Revolutionary War dresses earned James Monroe the nickname “The Last Cocked Hat”. His first term in office was called “Era of Good Feelings”, because of the national unity which followed after the War of 1812 ended. He was the only president, after George Washington, to run unopposed for election. Monroe was the last surviving Founding Father.

9. The philanderer

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Warren G Harding, the 29th president had a wandering eye. Harding had an affair with Carrie Philips, wife of one of his close friends, and it was revealed via a chain of letters. He also entered a relationship with Nan Britton who authored a book titled “The President’s Daughter” about the child she had with Harding. DNA testing proved in 2005 that Harding was indeed the father of the child.

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10. Fanatic dog lover

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Franklin Roosevelt was obsessed with Scottish Terrier, Fala, his pet dog. The 32nd US president was the only one allowed to feed the dog. Fala was made an honorary private in the army during World War 2. He was extremely popular with the Press and was made the subject of a comic strip. Even a couple of films were made on the dog. Fala is the only pet immortalized alongside its owner on a presidential memorial. Roosevelt tops the list of US presidents who loved their pets.