1Benjamin Franklin Willed His Walking Stick To George Washington Upon His Death
Franklin, a Founding Father and co-contributor to both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. constitution, first received the cane while serving as an ambassador to France around 1780. He was so fond of the walking stick he made a huge fuss of it when he left it to George Washington in his will. It was not just a sentimental gift to an old friend and ally, but a reminder of the Revolution and its ideals: "My fine crab-tree walking stick, with a gold head curiously wrought in the form of the cap of liberty, I give to my friend, and the friend of mankind, General Washington."
2John Quincy Adams Wore The Same Hat for a Decade
3Chester A. Arthur Owned 80 Pairs of Pants
A clothes horse, Arthur changed his outfits several times a day–an easy feat considering he owned approximately 80 pairs of pants. He was the most Lady Gaga-esque president in terms of fashion, leading writer Gore Vidal to conclude that Arthur was surely the “most fastidious and fashionable president." We, too, choose to believe he was a pop star way before it was cool.
4Abraham Lincoln's Hat Was Used to Store Important Documents
Lincoln made wise use of his iconic hat as an organizational tool. He used the hat to store notes, letters and bills. The hat was just that big–no wonder they called it a stovepipe hat, since practically everything could fit in it, except the stove and kitchen sink.
Practical use aside, the hat represented something dear to Lincoln, as historians comment that his wife tried to coax him into buying a new hat as a replacement but to no avail.
5Theodore Roosevelt's Donated 11,000 Animal Mounts to the Smithsonian
Many presidents were also into hunting and sport, but Roosevelt's collection of animal collectibles taken from his African safaris were a bit beyond common. While many of his estimated 11,000 safari kills were given to the Smithsonian, Roosevelt kept about 24 exotic animal mounts for himself. Little wonder his party was called the Bull-Moose party.
6Calvin Coolidge's Mechanical Horse Made Him a Real Life Urban Cowboy
Coolidge rode the mechanical horse for exercise and entertainment with friends and family. The mechanical horse obviously spoke to Coolidge's admiration of the real animal, but also he may well had a little bit of an obsessive fascination with the object in the spirit of Urban Cowboy.
7Franklin Delano Roosevelt Collected 1.2 Million Stamps in His Lifetime
By the end of his life, Roosevelt had accumulated over 1,200,000 stamps. The collection was sold upon his death and raised $228,000.
8John F. Kennedy Used an Illuminated Globe as a Teaching Aid for His Childen
The globe was a gift given to JFK by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Arleigh Burke. Throughout his presidency, Kennedy used the illuminated globe for his own reference as well as a teaching aid for his children.
9Bill Clinton Creates a Crossword Puzzle for the New York Times
Clinton is an avid fan crossword puzzles and even appeared in the 2006 documentary “Wordplay” to express his enthusiasm for the hobby. As if we need further evidence of Clinton's honesty in his admission, he also collaborated with The New York Times magazine–known for their nationally famous puzzles–in creating a game.
10George W. Bush's Owns 250 Signed Baseballs
A love of baseball can be observed in Bush's biography, he being a former baseball player in school and a former co-owner of the Texas Rangers. Who knows, maybe someday someone will name a "Bushball Stadium" in his honor, as a tribute to his baseball obsession and his occasionally confusing contributions to the English language.