Happy Belated Inauguration Day! In recognition of the new presidential administration, the reference staff at Brooks would like to share some fun and fascinating facts about some of our nation’s presidents. Enjoy!

  • Since LBJ, presidents have been more likely to be the fathers of girls than of boys (LBJ – 2 daughters, no sons; Nixon – 2 daughters, no sons; Ford – 1 daughter, 3 sons; Reagan – 2 daughters, 2 sons; George H. W. Bush – 2 daughters, 4 sons; Clinton – 1 daughter, no sons; George W. Bush – 2 daughters, no sons; Obama – 2 daughters, no sons). That’s 14 daughters to 9 sons!
  • James Madison was our shortest and skinniest president (he was 5’4” and weighed in at 100 lbs)
  • Most of us know that twice in our nation’s history, the son of a former president has also served as president. But did you know that there is also one instance where the grandson of a former president became president? Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd president, was the grandson of our 9th president, William Henry Harrison
  • President Andrew Jackson was adept at sewing and made his much of his own clothing
  • Our first left-handed president was James Garfield
  • Harry Truman was the last U.S. President to not attend college
  • Millard Fillmore was the final president to serve from the Whig party
  • Theodore Roosevelt despised being called Teddy, and his family and friends avoided addressing him as such
  • The first president to select a woman to serve in his cabinet was Franklin Roosevelt, who made Frances Perkins his Secretary of Labor

Sources: WilsonWeb, The People’s Almanac, The Statesman’s Yearbook 2008, The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2008