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Things I’ve learned from my reading so far:

-Abe Lincoln once suggested cow dung as a dueling weapon.

-James Madison is the only president to have honorary citizenship in another country. (it’s France)

-Ronald Reagan was the first president to ever be divorced.

-Dolley Madison is the longest serving First Lady or White House Hostess.

-The Kennedys met because Jackie was the camera girl interviewing JFK.

-Edith Wilson is known as “the presidentress” because of her role in making decision on behalf of her husband after he suffered a stoke.

-Grace Coolidge delivered a is the only first lady to give a speech at Gallaudet. (and yes, she did sign it)

-Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 states.

-William Henry Harrison gave the longest Inaugural Speech, FDR gave the shortest. 

-Andrew Jackson was drunk when he was sworn in as Vice President.

-James Madison is the only president to ever lead troops from the battlefield.

-John Tyler had the nickname of “His Accidency”

-John Quincy Adams wore the same hat every day for 10 years.

-JFK was the first president to never wear a hat.

-Ulysses S Grant’s favorite horse was named Jeff Davis, to mock the president of the Confederacy. 

-James Madison once accused Benjamin Franklin of being a British spy.

-Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, was present for three presidential assassinations.

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Here’s this year’s batch of Valentines for all you APUSH students and U.S. history buffs!

The Matthew Perry one was inspired by @lillian-sunshine

PART 1

This gif shows all of the US presidents in order of height

Presidents Day fun facts

Today, February 15, is President’s day in the United States! To celebrate, I’ve accrued an interesting bit of information for every American president from Washington to Obama!

George Washington is the only president so far to not be affiliated with any party.

John Adams served as a lawyer for British soldiers charged in the 1775 Boston massacre, despite his own anti-British sentiments.

Thomas Jefferson spoke 6 langauges; English, Welsh, Greek, Latin, French, and Arabic.

James Madison was the shortest president ever, standing 5'4" tall.

James Monroe had the Liberian capital city of Monrovia named after him, as he helped establish the country.

John Quincy Adams was the first president to be interviewed by a female reporter, Anne Royal, who stole the president’s clothes when he went skinny dipping and refused to give them back until he answered her questions.

Andrew Jackson’s birthplace is unknown, but it’s in one of the Carolinas.

Martin Van Buren is the only president to not speak English as his first language, he actually spoke Dutch.

William Henry Harrison died a month after becoming president.

John Tyler has two living grandsons as of 2016.

James K. Polk died the youngest of any president, not counting those that were assassinated.

Zachary Taylor was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready” because as a soldier, he went into battle in old farm clothes instead of a uniform.

Millard Fillmore is the only president to have never had a VP for their entire presidency.

Franklin Pierce’s wife believed God didn’t want him to become president, since their son died shortly after his election.

James Buchanan sometimes bought slaves just to set them free.

Abraham Lincoln is the only president to have held a patent, on a type of buoy.

Andrew Johnson was the only Southern Senator to stay loyal to the Union during the civil war.

Ulysses S. Grant’s real first name was Hiram.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a telephone.

James A. Garfield was the last president to be born in a log cabin.

Chester A. Arthur was accused of being born in Canada during his presidency, and the allegations have persisted to this day.

Grover Cleveland was accused of having an illegitimate child, and his detractors protested by chanting “Mama, where’s my pa? Gone to the White House, ha ha ha!”

Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, and his presidency, although 48 times as long, was just as uneventful.

William McKinley was the first president to ride in an automobile, however, this auto was an ambulance used to transport him after he was assassinated.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to receive a Nobel prize, for his role on ending the Russo-Japanese war.

William H. Taft kept a cow at the White House named Pauline to provide fresh milk.

Woodrow Wilson suffered from dyslexia as a child.

Warren G. Harding entered college at age 14.

Calvin Coolidge liked to wear a cowboy hat around the White House.

Herbert Hoover has a comet named after him.

Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio after falling into the Bay of Fundy while vacationing in Canada.

Harry S Truman kept a sign on his desk that said “The buck stops here” representing how he couldn’t pass on his duties to anyone else. The other side read “I’m from Missouri”, as Truman was very proud of his home state.

Dwight Eisenhower’s reputation as a war hero made him so popular, that both parties asked him to run on their ticket.

John F. Kennedy’s father encouraged him to go into politics and become the first catholic president, which he did.

Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car that he liked to surprise foreign diplomats with by offering them a ride and then driving straight into a lake.

Richard Nixon could play five musical instruments: Piano, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, and violin.

Gerald Ford is the only president to have never been elected to any executive office, he won both the vice presidency and the presidency by accident.

Jimmy Carter won a Nobel prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work.

Ronald Reagan kept a jar of jellybeans on his desk, and he would eat them whenever he was stressed. When he became president, the Jelly Belly company introduced blueberry jelly beans so the jar on Reagan’s desk could have red, white, and blue beans.

George H.W. Bush served as VP for Reagan, an ambassador to China, and head of the CIA before becoming president.

Bill Clinton originally wanted to be a jazz musician, but was inspired to enter government after meeting JFK in 1963.

George W. Bush is the first president to have run a marathon. In 1993, he completed the Houston marathon in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 52 seconds.

Barack Obama collects Spider-Man comics.

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Since Presidents’ day and Valentine’s day are so close together, I thought it would be appropriate to make some presidential Valentine’s cards.

(I also made sure to keep them clean so that you could actually give them to people lol)

Team Parabatai
  • Will: Prepare for trouble
  • Jem: Make it double
  • Will: to protect the world from devastation
  • Jem: To unite all Shadowhunters within our nation
  • Will: to denounce the evils of truth and love
  • Jem: to extend reach to the stars above
  • Will: William
  • Jem: James
  • Will: Parabatai blast of at the speed of light
  • Jem: surrender now or prepare to fight
  • Henry: By the Angel! That's right!
Kings of England

Reacting to a post I just read in which Henry VII was described quite rightly as seriously underrepresented in historical fiction and more interesting than his son Henry VIII: You know what I don`t get?

Why people - that is books, television shows etc., which must have a market - love Henry VIII so much. Not just why he is inexplicably the Tudor they all focus on, why he is the one King of England they deem worthy of attention. I mean, yes, certainly, he had six wives and had two of them killed, but that just means the man was crazy. And usually that`s all the focus is on. Henry VIII and his sex life. Not even Henry VIII and his crazy wavering on religious issues plunging the country into turmoil, Henry VIII and the time the north of England rose against him, Henry VIII and the other time the north of England rose against him, Henry VIII and the time he failed at campaigning while Catherine of Aragon managed just fine, but Henry VIII and his sex life.

Why? What`s so great about Henry VIII? Even if you want crazy sex stories, I can easily name three English kings who had more interesting stories and did not kill their wives. But for real, as far as interesting stories go, why don`t people go for:

(1) William the Conqueror. William the fucking Conqueror. The bastard son of the Duke of Normandy, whose mother was about as low on the social ladder as you could get and whose father died when he was seven, and who still managed to become this ultra-powerful magnate first and then straight-up went and declared himself King of England and won the title? Who was ruthless and powerful and whose invasion changed just about everything for the country?

(2) Henry I - a man with about 20 bastards, if you`re interested in historical sex stories - who went about making kingship hugely powerful and subordinating the church a bit. Who lost his only legitimate son in a shipwreck and spent the rest of his life trying to father another heir and convincing his nobles that, lacking that, his daughter would make a good queen.

(3) King Stephen, with his badass wife, who both fought strongly so he could keep his wrongly aquired throne. Who was apparently a failure as a king but universally regarded as actually a fairly nice guy, who gave his rebelling first cousin once removed money so he could return home after a failed rebellion and didn`t even demand it back when the guy didn`t leave him in peace after that.

(4) Henry II, generally regarded as one of the best medieval kings England had, who had an extraordinarily turbulent life, first started leading armies at fourteen, accidentally had his best friend murdered, spent the better part of the second half of his life fighting against his own sons and still maintained control over the Angevin empire, and was the most powerful man in all of Europe since Charlemagne. He also was rather promiscuous.

(5) King John, who had to fight against pretty much everyone in his life and had the odd habit of being constantly forgiven. Who did an astounding lot for the justice system, especially regarding his poor reputation, and was yet so unpopular the nobles managed to force Magna Carta down his throat. Who then - having just pacified his nobles and having a French invasion looming - had the courage or perhaps the lack of common sense to renounce it. A story full of twists and turns. For the obligatory sex, he was notorious for seducing the wives and daughters of his nobles. The women never complained, though their husbands and fathers were less than pleased.

(6) Edward II, a man who had such fascinating hobbies as thatching and rowing and talking to people of low standing and generally being agreeable to them, but who couldn`t understand why his nobles kept being on his case. Who very likely had a relationship to one Piers Gaveston, who seems to have gotten on well with his wife, and had a pretty good relationship with his wife as well, until another royal favourite and possible lover was given so much power she kind of lost it. Who was then overthrown by his own wife.

(6) Henry VI, unsuited for kingship and still hanging on to it for an astoundingly long time. A king who seems to have wanted to be a monk. I mean, there`s a story in that right there. This guy was used to having ridiculous amounts of power since about the time he could think, and all he wanted was to be a monk. Who was several times found singing near a battlefield when his men waged battes against his enemies.

(7) Edward IV. For further information, I think I posted a lot about him already. 

(8) Richard III. For further information, I definitely posted loads about him already. (Although, to be fair, he gets a lot of coverage.)

(9) Henry VII. I already stated why a couple of weeks ago, but just as a reminder: This guy decided to go against a king who was known as a successful warrior, and won. That`s a story worth telling alone. To say nothing of the fact he managed to cling onto his throne despite Margaret of Burgundy, Francis Lovell, and lots of difficulties. And his relationship with his wife also deserves a balanced portrayal that shows they seem to have been quite loving.

(10) Charles II, who managed to gain the throne 11 years after his father had lost it alongside his head, mainly by charming everyone who so much as crossed his path. His nickname “the Merry Monarch” pretty much showed how he took life, and he had plenty of mistresses as well, but keeping the throne took quite a lot of political skill nonetheless.

And now can someone please tell me what makes Henry VIII have prominence over any of them in popular presentations? What makes him more interesting than them? Because I don`t see it. Any given one of them I find more exciting than Henry VIII.