A bit of historical trivia about U.S. presidents

We came across these things you may not have known about our presidents.
George Washington, first president, said “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president, said, “The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world and of mankind.”
William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. president, was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will die a better man.”
John Tyler, 10th U.S. president, fathered 15 children (more than any other president) -- eight by his first wife and seven by his second wife. Tyler was past his 70th birthday when his 15th child was born.
 James Garfield, 20th U.S. president, was both ambidextrous and multilingual and could write Greek with one hand while writing Latin with the other.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president, was related, either by blood or by marriage, to 11 former presidents.
George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President, and his wife Laura got married just three months after meeting each other.
We just finished a 2,000-milw round trip to visit a family for the Thanksgiving holidays. It’s a sad statement when we realize we may have had less chance being killed in a highway accident than being shot in a shopping center, at a night spot, or even a church.
Have you ever wondered how kids can be entertained for hours by a set of car keys and a flashlight which you can never find when you really need them.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register


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