Being president is no joke, but James K. Polk may have gone a little overboard. His wife was religious, and they were intent on keeping the White House a fun-free zone.
They went so far as to ban alcohol, dancing, and card playing at all White House receptions. In order to respect their wishes, dancing at the inaugural ball only began once the president and his wife left.
Clinton’s Impeachment Proceedings
President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was big news all over the world and is still the first thing that comes to mind when his name comes up. At first, he denied having a relationship with the young intern but in the end, he came clean simply saying, “even presidents have private lives.”
Impeachment proceedings began in December 1998 and after a five-week trial, Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.
James K. Polk
James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, was in office between 1845 to 1849. His inauguration was the first in American history to be broadcast on the news using a telegraph! Folk is also remembered as the president who led the nation to victory in the US-Mexican War and was responsible for the territorial expansion of the United States through the Texas Annexation in 1845 and the Mexican Cession in 1848.
Polk also has some financial accomplishments; he reestablished an independent treasury system and reduced tariffs.
Founding father James Monroe was America’s 5th president and served between 1817 and 1825. Monroe was a very popular candidate and won the election by a landslide. He was also the first American president to remain in office for two terms.
Monroe was president during “The Era of Good Feelings”, which took place after the War of 1812, and in which the political hatchet between Federalists and Republicans was buried. He fought in the American Revolutionary War and made great advancements in foreign policy, the pinnacle of which was “The Monroe Doctrine.”
Monroe Traveled Extensively by Mule
These days, a presidential motorcade means massive traffic jams and a procession of bullet-proof vehicles, but things were very different in the 1800s. President James Monroe traveled to Madrid in 1805 and it was quite an unusual journey. The reason for the trip was his intention to persuade the Spanish to give up the land which is now Florida to the United States.
He made his way from Paris to Madrid on the back of a mule, but his slow and probably uncomfortable journey did not convince the Spanish to make any concessions.