The Most Surprising Fact About Every American President

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26. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
> Years served as president: 1901-1909
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Every member in Roosevelt’s family owned stilts.

Theodore, or Teddy, Roosevelt had a secret pastime — walking on stilts. Apparently, each and every one of Roosevelt’s family members had their own individual pair. Even the First Lady had a set of her own.

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27. William H. Taft (1857-1930)
> Years served as president: 1909-1913
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Taft was the last president to sport facial hair.

William H. Taft is well known as the heaviest president in history, as well as being the only president to become a Supreme Court justice. He is also the last president to have facial hair while serving as president. Since he left office in 1913, no president has worn facial hair while occupying the Oval Office.

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28. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
> Years served as president: 1913-1921
> Political party: Democratic
> Surprising fact: Wilson painted his golf balls black during the winter.

Woodrow Wilson is often remembered as a staunch advocate for democracy and world peace as well as an academic. He had another passion that perhaps isn’t as well known — golfing. President Wilson loved to golf no matter the season. In the winter months, when layers of snow covered the ground, he painted his golf balls black so that he could easily retrieve them amid a blanket of white.

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29. Warren Harding (1865-1923)
> Years served as president: 1921-1923
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Harding advocated for Prohibition but drank anyway.

Harding was a senator when he voted for Prohibition, even though he loved scotch and soda. As president, he had a bar always stocked with whiskey.

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30. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
> Years served as president: 1923-1929
> Political party: Republican
> Surprising fact: Coolidge enjoyed having petroleum jelly rubbed on his head.

We thought the fact that Calvin Coolidge had two pet raccoons by the names of Reuben and Rebecca was weird, but then we stumbled upon this gem. Evidently, Coolidge liked to have his scalp massaged with petroleum jelly — which is Vaseline — while he ate his breakfast in bed. Talk about a bizarre morning ritual.