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Presidents Day in Pinole, Hercules: Was Our First Commander in Chief Our Best?

How much do you know about U.S. presidents? Who was your favorite? Share your thoughts about Presidents Day.

Presidents Day celebrates our first president’s birthday, as well as honors all of our nation’s past presidents.

Though George Washington’s actual birthday is Feb. 22, the federal holiday—generally observed with mattress sales and finding ways to keep the kiddies entertained—always falls on the third Monday of the month.

How much do you know about the Father of Our Country—or the other 43 men who have held the position of Commander in Chief?

  • Washington crossed the Delaware River, but did you know that John Quincy Adams skinny dipped in the Potomac?
  • You might remember Jimmy Carter’s troublesome/lovable brother Billy, but did you know William Henry Harrison kept a pet billy goat at the White House.
  • And while William McKinley could be called tech-savvy—he was the first presidential candidate to campaign by telephone—Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity and would not touch the light switches when the White House got wired.

Which president had an unusual use for Vaseline? A fake jaw? Spoke Chinese? Check out 44 Facts You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents on the Huffington Post to find out.

Who is your favorite American president? Tell us in comments.

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Fran Anderson February 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Ol' George may have been the best we had at the time, but nothing he did/said directly affected me. JFK was most impressive to me. Not afraid to go against racists or rich. When I heard he would be speaking at 1962 UC Berk commncment, I dropped everything to be there. Got mixed up, turned around and entered wrong tunnel and he was no more than 30ft from me. He looked up, smiled at me and waved. I'll never forget. I was pregnant & 1 week overdue.

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