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09-12-03, 21:30
Just too popular
Richard Nixon has received more votes than any other person in American history. His three Congressional terms, two terms as Vice-President, his narrow defeat by JFK in the 1960 presidential, his run for the California Gubenatorial, his first election to the Presidency in 1968 and his landslide deafeat of Geroge McGovern (the largest in Presidential history until that time) makes Nixon the most voted for American politician ever.

Getting away with it
Did you know that a vice-president got away with murder? Aaron Burr, who was Jefferson's VP, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton on July 11,1804 in a duel. The men decided on the duel based on insults exchanged over political issues. Burr was charged for murder in New Jersey, but the State never pursued to convict him on the grounds that 'civilized nations' do not treat dueling deaths as 'common murders.'

At the White House
When the White House (President's residence) was constructed it was built of freestone a form of sandstone that is very porous and is highly susceptible to water damage, so the masons sealed the stone with a wash of salt, rice and glue. It was the building's first coat of white paint; soon it would be nicknamed the 'White House'.

JFK Relations
John F. Kennedy had a sister, Rosemary, who was mentally retarded. She had a lobotomy, at that time not known to be that bad. She is still living and is eighty-five years old.

A bright spark
Woodrow Wilson is the only U.S. president to this day to receive an earned Ph.D. His degree was in History from Johns Hopkins University.

Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S. didn't vote until he was 62 years old and didn't even vote in his own election because he was a soldier & moved so often he couldn't establish legal residency until he retired.

Unusual Pet
President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House.

Mount Rushmore
The four presidential heads of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt were sculpted on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota by Gutzon Borglum who had completed a colossal bas-relief of Confederate heroes on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia. Work began in the summer of 1927 and dragged on for 14 years, its cost escalating to $1 million. He died in 1941 shortly before it was completed. His son oversaw the final work.

On the economy
Thomas Marshall (1854-1925), U.S. Vice-President, once remarked “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.” Will Rogers (1879-1935), American Humorist retorted “Our country has plenty of good five-cent cigars, but the trouble is they charge fifteen cents for them.”

Ronnie the spy?
Ronald Reagan was the only president to have ever worn a NAZI uniform. (He wore it as an actor in a movie)

John Falstaff
09-12-03, 23:42
Hi Chocco!


And did you know that in Mayfair, near the Swedish Embassy, there is a house with one of those historical plaques on it. It says (in effect) that the 'Great Patriot, Benedict Arnold lived here from X to Y.'

He He!


Just shows what a difference a point of view makes!


10-12-03, 04:21
...Gutzon Borglum who had completed a colossal bas-relief of Confederate heroes on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia. No true. Stone Mountain isn't finished. If I remember, he died working on it. Something happened and he fell off the mountain to his death. My cousins used to live just northeast of Atlanta, so I've been to Stone Mountain a few times.

10-12-03, 21:53
Clinton had the highest ever IQ, 172 (I think).
Dubya Bush has the lowest ever, 96 ( again, I think).


10-12-03, 22:02
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who in life were great friends despite being polar opposites in manner and appearance, both died on 4th July, in the same year.

John Falstaff
10-12-03, 22:57
I was born on 4th July (in a different year) if that helps! (Probably not!)


10-12-03, 23:35
Benedict Arnold led brigades of minutemen against the British in the Battle of Saratoga, considered the turning point of the revolution. He was shot off his horse when he bravely charged directly into the enemy. It was this act that earned him hero status, which of course he later lost and was eventually considered a traitor to the revolution.

I grew up in Saratoga.

10-12-03, 23:43
What a conincidence John so was I