The 33rd president of the United States, Harry Truman, was in office from 1945 to 1953. He was Franklin D. Roosevelt vice president and was sworn in after his death. Truman served in the military in World War I and is the only president to have ever used nuclear weapons. He dropped an atomic bomb on Japan and effectively ended World War II.
The Truman Doctrine helped fight communism around the world and his Marshall Plan helped the European economy recover from the war. He was also well known for his stubbornness, and while in office used his presidential veto power a whopping 180 times!
One of the most renowned founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, was the 2nd American vice president and the 3rd American president from 1801 to 1809. Jefferson is famous for his pivotal role in writing the Declaration of Independence and for signing the Louisiana Purchase with France, which almost doubled the size of the nation.
He was a strong supporter of freedom, equality, and justice for all.
Jefferson’s Obsession With the Weather
If Thomas Jefferson had not won the election, he could have easily become a meteorologist. The president was obsessed with the weather and kept a diary in which he documented the amount of rainfall and other weather patterns that occurred throughout the day.
He did not limit his observations to the White House but documented the climate wherever he went.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. He rose to fame as the supreme commander who led the Allied forces in the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. He is also known for desegregating the military of which he wrote, “There must be no second class citizens in this country.”
In foreign policy, he obtained a truce in Korea and worked tirelessly to ease the tensions of the Cold War. Eisenhower, who was also known as Ike, was an immensely popular president with an approval rating that has rarely been matched.
Eisenhower Hated Squirrels
President Eisenhower was an avid golfer but got very frustrated when squirrels kept digging up his putting green. He decided to get rid of them at all costs and ordered his valet to shoot them all.
Fortunately, the Secret Service had a better idea, they got the groundskeepers to round them up and release them in Rock Creek Park.