Tough Presidential Trivia

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Nickname Old Kinderhook possible source of expression O.K.
Impressed friends by writing in Greek and Latin simultaneously
Born last name Blythe, he took stepfather's last name at age 14
First President with electric lights in the White House, though he and his wife were afraid of electrocution and rarely used them
Ran after presidency with the Know Nothing Party; won only Maryland
Served two full terms and issued zero vetoes
Married same woman twice (her divorce hadn't been finalized)
Nicknamed 'Landslide' after a highly contested 87-vote Senatorial primary victory
Wife was unofficial acting president after he suffered a stroke and wouldn't resign
Likely suffered from the paralyzing Guillain-Barré Syndrome
He and his wife sometimes spoke in Chinese at events to prevent the guests from eavesdropping
Switched to the other major party at age of 51 years old
Wife Ida had bad case of epilepsy and often sat next to husband instead of across the table
Issued 584 vetoes
Attended Hampden-Sydney College (Class of 1791), but did not graduate
Second longest lived signer of the Declaration of Independence
Last president to have been born or died on July 4
Last president not to go to college
Had 15 children, most of any president
Lived last years on Montpelier (in Virginia, not Vermont)
Suffered heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm in first 5 years in office
Rarely went to bed before 2 A.M. in early presidency, often taking walks after midnight
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Second inaugural address still shortest inaugural address ever
Barbara Bush was his 4th cousin 4 times removed
Won 99.6% of electoral vote in reelection
Proposed to wife after one date
Last president with facial hair
Widely believed to have been inaugurated while drunk
Niece Harriet Lane served as First Lady
Wife refused to serve alcohol at social functions
Died of cholera after 3 months out of office
Attempt at third term fell to Garfield
Slept in chair for most of childhood due to severe asthma
Never voted, even in own election
Birth name was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
First President to later serve in Congress
Only president with an M.B.A.
First V.P. since Van Buren to immediately succeed to presidency by election
First president born outside contiguous U.S.
Only President to appoint a former President to the Supreme Court
Only patent holder to become President
Suffered from Addison's disease
First president born in a hospital

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Created May 4, 2010ReportNominate
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