I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents: Cool Stuff You Need To Know
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- Thomas Jefferson, our third president, spoke six languages, invented many things (the swivel chair and the pedometer, to name two), and designed and built not only Monticello (his rural home) but also the University of Virginia.
- Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the nation's great hunters, and the Smithsonian is filled with hundreds of specimens from his safari in Africa. He was also our first environmentalist president, setting aside nearly 200 million acres for national parks and wildlife refuges.
You'll also find a section on "The First Ladies"-short takes on all the presidents' wives. The book ends with a special feature that's just in time for the 2012 election: how a president gets elected. From the first presidential election to recent recounts, this chapter clearly explains to a young audience how we choose the next leader of our country.
Includes over 100 whimsical illustrations!
out, many people thought it was just a silly toy from England made to turn ordinary Americans into fancy lords and ladies. But by bravely installing a bathtub in the White House, Mencken went on, President Fillmore really helped people get into the habit of taking regular baths. Some years later when Mencken realized that people actually believed his story was the truth of history, he confessed to the whole joke. But even though he tried to set the record straight, people today still believe
his body. 21st President ~ 1881–1885 CHESTER A. ARTHUR Elegant Arthur “Good ballplayers make good citizens.” Born October 5, 1829 Fairfield, Vermont Political Party Republican Wife Ellen (died before her husband became president) Children William, Chester, and Ellen A Surprise Beginning Chester Arthur was as shocked as anyone that President Garfield’s assassin announced “Now Arthur is president! ” after he gunned down Garfield. Arthur never dreamed of becoming president. His
and linebacker for the University of Michigan who led his team to two undefeated, championship seasons. “I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers,” he said later. “If I had gone into professional football, the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.” Instead he went to Yale Law School, paying his tuition by taking positions as Yale’s boxing coach and assistant football coach. He graduated in the top quarter of his class, even though he had been so busy with
hard of hearing, especially in his right ear. During his movie career in the 1930s, an actor fired a pistol near his head, which caused his hearing problems. He began wearing hearing aids in 1983—first in his right ear, then later in his left. When he ran for president, he campaigned on his belief that government was too big, and that reducing taxes for the rich would help everyone when their wealth “trickled down” to people who didn’t have as much money. Instead of economics, critics called it
the leaders of other nations and find ways to get along. Run the largest and most powerful military in history and, if necessary, lead it to war. To do the job right, you need extraordinary skill at striking deals and making agreements between people who rarely agree on anything. It also helps to be an excellent speaker, not only to inspire the nation and show it the way, but also to get it to follow. One other part of the job: When anything goes wrong, you usually get the blame. What are the