John Adams was the 2nd US president and was in office from 1979 to 1801. He was one of the founding fathers of America and some of his achievements include the official founding of the US Navy, earning him the nickname “the father of the American Navy”.
He is also famous for settling a dispute between France and America, but only served one term as he was beaten out by Thomas Jefferson in the subsequent presidential election.
Adams’ Early Morning Swim
John Quincy Adams used to go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River every morning as part of his daily routine. This was not an uncommon practice at the time, but one morning during his swim a strange thing occurred.
A female journalist, who was extremely eager for an interview with the president, decided to sit on the rock which held his clothes and would not get up until he promised her an interview. Unsurprisingly, he agreed.
George H. W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st president of the United States and is the father of President George W. Bush. He was in office for a single term, from 1989 to 1993. Prior to his presidency, George Bush Sr. was Ronald Reagan’s vice president for 8 years. George H. W. Bush is famous for his leadership skills, especially in troubled times and his negotiation tactics, which led to a good relationship with foreign powers.
During his time in office, a variety of momentous historical events took place including the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War. Bush Sr. led the way on numerous historic acts, such as the Clean Air Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He broke another record in his personal life with the longest presidential marriage in history, which lasted 73 years!
Adams’ Shakespeare Memento
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson used to be quite close before political rivalry got between them. When the two visited the home of renowned playwright William Shakespeare, they decided to chip off a piece of The Bard’s chair.
They wanted to keep a souvenir so they could remember the visit.
If you feel like Andrew Jackson’s face looks familiar, you are right, we see the former presidents face quite frequently, on the $20 bill. Jackson, America’s 7th president, was in office between 1829 and 1837. Ironically, he was adamantly against the use of paper money and believed gold and silver coins should be used instead.
He was held captive by the British at the tender age of 13 during the Revolutionary War, making him the only US president who ever spent time as a prisoner of war. Jackson is also known for keeping South Carolina from seceding from the Union and is the only American president to have ever paid off the national debt – in its entirety.