John Quincy Adams is the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after his presidency, which was for 17 years.

Electric lights were installed in the White House during Benjamin Harrison’s term. His wife never used them because she was frightened of the switches. Due to their tremendous fear, a servant had to turn on or off the light switches for them.

On election night in 1876, Rutherford Birchard Hayes went to his bed believing he had lost the presidential election. The next day, however, his Republican campaign manager boldly proclaimed him the winner. It was discovered that three Republican states in the South (Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana) had sent in double returns. The Democrats screamed foul, until it was revealed they too, had committed election return fraud. Congress debated the election results for weeks. The year ended with no U.S. president-elect. In January 1877, Congress appointed an electoral commission to laboriously re-count the entire vote and settle the dispute. On March 2, the commission announced that Hayes had 185 electoral votes and Samuel Tilden 184. If only one of the 20 disputed electoral votes had gone to him, Tilden would have been elected. His popular vote was 4,284,020, and Hayes at 4,036,572.

A collection of highly romantic love letters from Ronald Reagan to actress Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952, was published in September 2000 and became a best-seller.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.

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