President’s Park

President’s ParkThis area is absolutely packed with history and things to do and see. There is Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Yorktown, Jamestown, Water Country USA, etc.. Tuesday morning we took a short ride down the road to President’s Park. Here are some presidential facts that were interesting to me.

  • John Adams (2nd) – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the exact same day. It happened to be July 4th 1826, exactly 50 years after they both sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • Thomas Jefferson (3rd)- introduce this country to Ice Cream and Spaghetti (thank you, Tommy). He wrote his own epitaph and did not include his service as President of the US or Governor of Virgina
  • James Madison (4th) was 5′ 4″ and weighed in at a whopping 100lbs. Both of his VP’s died in office.
  • John Quincy Adams (6th) – Had a pet alligator, swam the potomac river everyday and said this: “You will never know how much it cost my generation to secure your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
  • Andrew Jackson – When inaugurated he had a saber slash down his forhead and two bullets in his body. (he loved to duel). Quotes: “One man with courage makes a majority”. Asked if he had any regrets, he said, ” I did not shoot Henry Clay or hang J.C. Calhoun.”
  • Millard Fillmore (13th) He was an indentured servant to a cloth maker. Which meant he had to by his freedom. He bought it for $30. Quote: “It is not strange to mistake change for progress.”
  • Abraham lincoln (16th) – Total schooling less than one year. Tallest President 6’4″. First president to be photographed at inauguration. His future assassin can be seen in the photo. Quote: “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. The night he was assassinated, his pocket contained a Confederate five-dollar bill.
  • Andrew Johnson (17th) – Born and raised in extreme poverty; an indentured servant, he ran away at the age of 15.
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant (18th) – He recieve a $20 ticket for speeding on his horse.
  • James Abram Garfield (20th) – Only preacher to become a president. Wrote Latin one hand and Greek with the other, both at the same time. Assassinated four months after taking office.
  • Steven Grover Cleveland (22 & 24) – Worked as a clerk in a store for $50 a year plus room and board. Only president to be married in the White House She was 21 and he was 49. When asked why he did not marry her sooner, he replied that he had to wait for her to grow up. Only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Baby Ruth candy bar named after his daughter.
  • Benjamin harrison (23rd) – Quote – “Great lives do not go out, they go on“.
  • William McKinley (25th) – Assassinated while shaking hands at a public event. On being shot, he cried out to his guards, “Don’t let them hurt him (the assassin).”
  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th) – Only President to recieve the congressional medal of honor.On his way to give a speech he was shot. The bullet penetrated copies of his speech and his eyeglass case and fractured his 4th rib. With blood running down his shirt, he delivered the hour-long speech before going to the hospital. Quotes: It is hard to fail but it is far worse never to have tried to succeed.
  • Calvin Coolidge (30th) Quotes: “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it”. “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once”. “I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm”.
  • Herbert Clark Hoover (31st) – Orphaned as a child, he was a self-made millionaire who refused a salary as president. Raised a billion dollars for food and medicine during World War I. Fed millions of people in Europe; Classified by the Germans as a man who would not be detained for any reason. Served in the government for 42 years and accepted no salary.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd) – Quotes: “The test of our progress is not whether we add abundance to those who have much, but whether we provide enough for those who have little”. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
  • Harry S Truman (33rd) – Quotes: “The buck stops here”. “If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Survived an attack on the presidential residence by Puerto Rican nationalist. Twenty-three shots fired. President and family unharmed.
  • Dwight Eisenhower – He signed a bill to include the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. He instituted the interdenominational White House Prayer Breakfast and the practice of opening cabinet meetings with prayer. Quote: “A people that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both“. The eve before the invasion of Normandy he said this: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened..”
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th) – Quotes: “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right”. “I’ve learned that only two things that are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it“.
  • Richard Milhous Nixon (37th) – First president to voluntarily give up the lifetime Secret Service protection. When Mr. Khrushchev (Russian) says our grandchildren will live under communism, let us say his grandchildren will live in freedom. Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
  • Gerald Rudolph Ford (38th) – Turned down offers to play professional football from the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions (don’t blame him on the Lions). Served as vice president and president and was not elected to either office.
  • William Jefferson Clinton (42nd) – Quote: “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America”. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit”.

I will have some of my pic’s on flickr as soon as I get a real internet connection.

7 thoughts on “President’s Park

  1. If this is what you learn during “down time”, I can’t imagine what happens during “up time”!

    Hope ya’ll are having fun!

    no memory work this week Kelli!

    Amanda Vestal

  2. First off, I hope that you and your wonderful family are having a much-deserved great vacation!!! Second, watch the comment about my 2-0 Super Bowl bound Lions–just kidding(obviously). Man, you printed off some pretty cool facts & quotes!!! My two favorites were “Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” The other one ” It is hard to fail but it is far worse never to have tried to succeed.” Teddy Roosevelt was so cool!!! I obviously have too much time on my hands!!!

  3. Don’t ya love homeschooling when you can take vacations when it fits into your schedule AND have a field trip to boot? WOW! Looks like fun! I’m jealous!! Have FUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

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