The Most Surprising Fact About Every American President

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21. Chester Arthur (1829-1886)
> Years served as president: 1881-1885
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Arthur helped desegregate trolleys in Brooklyn.

Before he became president, Chester Arthur played a role in helping end separate accommodations for African Americans on public transportation in New York State. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham, who had attempted to ride in a white-only streetcar and was forcibly removed. Arthur won the case, which led to New York State passing legislation forbidding discrimination on public transportation.

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22. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
> Years served as president: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897
> Political party: Democratic
> Surprising fact: Cleveland’s adopted daughter became his wife in later years.

Many may not know that Cleveland became the legal guardian of his former law partner’s 11-year-old daughter upon his death. After 10 years, he took her hand in marriage. She was the youngest First Lady in history at the age of 21. He was more than twice her age at 48.

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23. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
> Years served as president: 1889-1893
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Harrison refused to touch light switches.

As the first president to have electricity in the White House, Harrison was a little spooked when it came to this new energy. He was so anxiety-ridden about the thought of being electrocuted that he opted to never make contact with light switches. More often than not, he went to bed with the lights on.

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24. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
> Years served as president: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897
> Political party: Democratic
> Surprising fact: Cleveland was the only president to be a hangman.

Not only was Grover Cleveland the first president to serve two nonconsecutive terms, but also he was the first to have a gig as a hangman. At one point, he was the sheriff of Erie County, New York, where he had to drop the trap at a hanging. Not once, but two times.

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25. William McKinley (1843-1901)
> Years served as president: 1897-1901
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: McKinley was obsessed with carnations.

William McKinley, the 25th president, believed that carnations brought good luck, so he wore them everywhere he went. On Sept. 6, 1901, while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, he removed the carnation from his lapel to give to a little girl. He was shot shortly afterward by an anarchist. McKinley died from his wounds eight days later.