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Thomas Jefferson's father was one of the surveyors who laid out the Virginia/North Carolina border.

President Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested during his term of office. He was convicted of exceeding the Washington speed limit on his horse and was fined $20.

John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the same day friend as his political rival and friend Thomas Jefferson. His last words are reported to have been, “Thomas Jefferson still survives.”

Though his wife Martha had four children by a previous marriage, George Washington left no direct descendant. He never sired a child to continue his family line.

President William H. Taft was once offered a contract to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds.

John Adams was central to the Revolution and to the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the government under the Constitution.

President William Howard Taft was a seventh cousin twice removed of Richard M. Nixon, and was a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

John Adams was the first president to have a son become president. His wife, Abigail Smith, was very influential and known as an engaging conversationalist and a wonderful writer of letters.

John Adams was the first president to live in the White House – then called the Executive Mansion.

Three U.S. presidents have been the sons of clergymen: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson.

Three Whigs have served as president of the United States: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore.

President William Howard Taft, weighing 325 pounds at the time, had a special bathtub installed at the White House which was big enough to hold four men.

To enforce integration, Dwight Eisenhower ordered the U.S. National Guard to escort students into the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

President William McKinley always wore a red carnation in his lapel for good luck.

Two towns in Vermont claim to be President Chester A. Arthur's birthplace, but recent research supports his opponents' charges that he was born in Canada, and therefore, was not eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution.

President William McKinley had a pet parrot that he named “Washington Post.”

U.S. President Bill Clinton is allergic to dust, mold, pollen, cats, Christmas trees, and dairy products.

President William Taft kept a cow on the White House lawn to supply him with fresh milk. He was the last president to do so.

U.S. President George Washington, was the first person to breed roses in the U.S.. Washington laid out his own garden at Mt. Vernon and filled it with his own selections of roses. He named one of his varieties after his mother and it is still being grown today.

President Woodrow Wilson, known as "Tommy Wilson" to his classmates at Davidson College in North Carolina, was fined 20 cents in 1873 for "improper conduct in the hall".

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