You only think you know American History, that's why today we are counting down the Top Five Craziest Presidential Facts in US History!
#5) Abraham Lincoln was a licensed Bartender!
From OMGFacts.com: "In fact, Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to hold this job! He was a co-owner of the pub ‘Berry and Lincoln’ in Springfield, Illinois with a man named William Berry. It was hard for Berry and Lincoln to run a bar together because while Lincoln preferred not to drink, Berry was an alcoholic and would sometimes drink the customers’ orders before they could. In 1834, Lincoln ran for state legislator and won so he gave up the bartending business. The entire enterprise was abandoned by 1840 due to Lincoln’s politics and Berry’s death five years prior in 1835."
#4) LBJ nicknamed his penis "Jumbo" and loved showing it off in the Senate!
From DeathandTaxesMag.com: "Award-winning historian Robert Caro made an appearance on the “Colbert Report” to plug the paperback edition of his fourth LBJ biography, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power.” It’s really an amazing read —Colbert hit up the master storyteller with this most important question: What did Johnson nickname his junk? Johnson was pretty enamored of his junk and, thanks to his meticulous recording of phone calls, we know he wasn’t shy about his privates. He once famously told a tailor about pants he was having made: “the crotch, down where your nuts hang, is always a little too tight. So when you make them up, give me an inch that I can let out there, uh because they cut me, it’s just like riding a wire fence.” Is it really a surprise that this is the kind of guy who would name his dong? The nickname isn’t in Caro’s book, but during the interview he made it obvious that Johnson called it "Jumbo."
#3) Andrew Jackson killed a man.
Contemporaries described Jackson, who had already served in Tennessee's Senate and was practicing law at the time of the duel, as argumentative, physically violent and fond of dueling to solve conflicts. Estimates of the number of duels in which Jackson participated ranged from five to 100.
Jackson and Dickinson were rival horse breeders and southern plantation owners with a long-standing hatred of each other. Dickinson accused Jackson of reneging on a horse bet, calling Jackson a coward and an equivocator. Dickinson also called Rachel Jackson a bigamist. (Rachel had married Jackson not knowing her first husband had failed to finalize their divorce.) After the insult to Rachel and a statement published in theNational Review in which Dickinson called Jackson a worthless scoundrel and, again, a coward, Jackson challenged Dickinson to a duel.
On May 30, 1806, Jackson and Dickinson met at Harrison's Mills on the Red River in Logan, Kentucky. At the first signal from their seconds, Dickinson fired. Jackson received Dickinson's first bullet in the chest next to his heart. Jackson put his hand over the wound to staunch the flow of blood and stayed standing long enough to fire his gun. Dickinson's seconds claimed Jackson's first shot misfired, which would have meant the duel was over, but, in a breach of etiquette, Jackson re-cocked the gun and shot again, this time killing his opponent. Although Jackson recovered, he suffered chronic pain from the wound for the remainder of his life.
Jackson was not prosecuted for murder, and the duel had very little effect on his successful campaign for the presidency in 1829. Many American men in the early 1800s, particularly in the South, viewed dueling as a time-honored tradition. In 1804,Thomas Jefferson's vice president Aaron Burr had also avoided murder charges after killing former Treasury secretary and founding father Alexander Hamilton in a duel. In fact, Rachel's divorce raised more of a scandal in the press and in parlors than the killing of Dickinson."
#2) Harry Truman was a member of the KKK
From Wikipedia: "Harry S. Truman, the Democrat Missouri politician who became president in 1945, dabbled with the Klan briefly. In 1924, he was a judge in Jackson County, Missouri, which includes Kansas City. Truman was up for reelection, and his friends Edgar Hinde andSpencer Salisbury advised him to join the Klan. The Klan was politically powerful in Jackson County, and two of Truman's opponents in the Democratic primary had Klan support. Truman refused at first, but paid the Klan's $10 membership fee, and a meeting with a Klan officer was arranged.
According to Salisbury's version of the story, Truman was inducted, but afterward “was never active; he was just a member who wouldn't do anything”
#1) James Buchanan was our first Gay President
From Salon.com: "There can be no doubt that James Buchanan was gay, before, during and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew it, too — he was not far into the closet.
Today, I know no historian who has studied the matter and thinks Buchanan was heterosexual. Fifteen years ago, historian John Howard, author of “Men Like That,” a pioneering study of queer culture in Mississippi, shared with me the key documents, including Buchanan’s May 13, 1844, letter to a Mrs. Roosevelt. Describing his deteriorating social life after his great love, William Rufus King, senator from Alabama, had moved to Paris to become our ambassador to France, Buchanan wrote:
I am now “solitary and alone,” having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection."