Soto Law Group July 2019

July 2019 Soto’s Chronicles

DeDe Soto

Protecting your most valuable asset — your family

44 FUN FACTS ABOUT PRESIDENTS

FROM THE DESK OF DeDe Soto

To Impress Your Friends and Relatives

Can you name all 44 U.S. presidents? By most estimates, only about 1% of Americans know the name of every person who’s held the country’s highest office. To help make you a member of that exclusive club, here is one fun fact about each of our commanders in chief just in time for the Fourth of July.

Despite appearing to have worn a wig, George Washington’s hair was entirely his own. The stark white color was the result of careful powdering. John Adams was a prolific writer of love letters. We know of more than 1,000 correspondences between him and his wife, Abigail. Thomas Jefferson maintained a well-stocked wine cellar. In fact, he was one of early America’s foremost experts on the beverage. James Madison was America’s smallest president in terms of stature. He stood 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed about 100 pounds. Washington isn’t the only future president in the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” If you look closely, you’ll see James Madison holding the flag. John Quincy Adams was the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after his time in the Oval Office. Andrew Jackson challenged over 100 men to duels during his lifetime but killed only one. Known as Old Kinderhook, Martin Van Buren’s campaign slogan popularized the term“OK.” William Henry Harrison was the first president to die in office. He fell ill of either typhoid or pneumonia and passed away only 31 days into his tenure. After his time as president, John Tyler ran for Confederate office. Many viewed him as a traitor at the time of his death.

James K. Polk was a temperate man who didn’t have time for fun and games. He even banned dancing in the White House. Zachary Taylor contracted cholera from a bowl of cherries served with milk. He died five days after being exposed. Millard Fillmore once personally helped put out a fire at the Library of Congress. During his lifetime, many people believed Franklin Pierce ran over a woman with his carriage. Historians dispute the validity of this story. Every single president has been married at some point except James Buchannan, who remained a bachelor until his dying day. Abraham Lincoln is enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, having won over 300 matches. No president had humbler beginnings than Andrew Johnson. He spent two years as an indentured servant before running away with his brother. What does the “S.” stand for in Ulysses S. Grant? Nothing, it’s just an “S.” In 1880, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first sitting president to lay eyes on the Pacific Ocean. James Garfield was ambidextrous and would often write different documents with both hands, sometimes inmultiple languages.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

I do hope your summer is off to a great start and you have your summer vacation and or “stay- cations” scheduled. If not, perhaps you are enjoying the lazy summer days. We do live in one of the vacation capitals of the world. However you decide to spend them, I do hope you get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful area we live in. If you are planning activities for your pets, little ones, or aging family members, remember that the heat can cause lots of issues, so beware of the many issues that can arise with the heat. Of course, now is a great time to protect your family and develop your estate plan — or update yours if you already have one. It’s never too early to make one, so don’t procrastinate.

Until next time,

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