Tough Presidential Trivia

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

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