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These are facts about the presidency and U.S. History that don't fit into an individual president.

Where did Boose get its name?

When Harrison was running for president his campaigned managers created an image of him as coming from a poor family and living in a log cabin. They created miniature log cabins and even built full size cabins for election meetings. It was so popular that E.C. Booz Distillery produced pocket size whiskey bottles shaped like a log cabin. They sold them under the name "Old Cabin Whiskey." Some people think the the fame of Booz bottles led to whiskey being called boose in America. (Others claim it game from a German word boase.)

Terms in Office

Only Franklin Roosevelt served more than two terms as president. Most people don't know that in 1913 a coalition of Democrats and Republicans approved an amendment to the Constitution to limit the president to one six year term. The idea was opposed by President Wilson and was never put to the states for a vote.

Social Security

The first Social Security check was issued in 1940 to Ida Fuller of Brattleboro, Vermont. The check was for $22.54, Ida had only paid in $22.00 in Social Security taxes. She got her last check in 1974. She had just turn 100. Ida collected a total to $20,944.00 in Social Security payments. (The average person today will collect five times the taxes they paid Social Security plus interest.)



Ohio: There have been more presidents from Ohio than any other state.

Ohio was home to 8 presidents. Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Taft and Warren Harding all came from Ohio.


 

 

 

 

 

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