February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day

written by Rosa MorganPresidents' Day, originally known as Washington's Birthday, falls on the third Monday of February. Here are a few historical tidbits about our nation's leaders, including Grant's speedy equine mischief.

3rd President, Thomas Jefferson spent more than 40 years designing and building his Virginian home, Monticello.

16th President
, Abraham Lincoln's son, Tad, successfully pleaded for the turkey's life who was intended for Christmas dinner. Now every Thanksgiving, the U.S. president grants one gobbler a last-second reprieve from the butcher's block, to be released into the wild at a national reserve.

Late one night, 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant exceeded the speed limit while riding his horse in the streets of Washington, D.C. . After recognizing the president, a police officer was reluctant to issue the $20 ticket, but Grant insisted he be fined.

24th President Grover Cleveland was a draft dodger. He hired someone to enter the service in his place.

28th President,
Woodrow Wilson is thought to have had dyslexia because he could not read until he was 11 years old.

32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio at the age of 39, however, millions of Americans never knew he was a wheelchair bound paraplegic. He was so superstitious that he refused to leave town on a Friday or sit at a table of 13.

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