Did President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding in a Horse-Drawn Carriage?: And Other Questions about U.S. Presidents

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George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree.Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub in the White House.Harry Truman was the first president to "pardon" a Thanksgiving Day turkey. You may have heard these common beliefs before. But are they really true? Can they be proven through research? Let's investigate seventeen statements about U.S. presidents and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether William Henry Harrison really talked ...

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Overview

George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree.Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub in the White House.Harry Truman was the first president to "pardon" a Thanksgiving Day turkey. You may have heard these common beliefs before. But are they really true? Can they be proven through research? Let's investigate seventeen statements about U.S. presidents and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether William Henry Harrison really talked himself to death. Discover whether Calvin Coolidge kept a pet raccoon in the White House. See if you can tell the difference between fact and fiction with Is That a Fact?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761361015
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Is That a Fact? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,443,587
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.23 (w) x 10.11 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Donovan has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Did Young George Washington Really Chop Down His Father's Cherry Tree? 5

Did James Monroe Live Most of His Life with a Bullet in His Shoulder? 6

Was Andrew Jackson Really Shot Twice While He Was President? 8

Did Martin Van Buren Invent the Term Ok? 10

Did William Henry Harrison Talk Himself to Death? 12

Did Millard Fillmore Really Install the White House's First Bathtub? 14

Did Abraham Lincoln Really Walk Twenty Miles to School Each Day Barefoot? 16

Is It True That Andrew Johnson Never Attended School? 18

Did Ulysses S. Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding in a Horse-Drawn Carriage? 20

Did Grover Cleveland Have Secret Surgery on a Private Yacht? 22

Was Benjamin Harrison's Nickname Really the Human Iceberg? 24

Is It True That William Howard Taft Weighed More Than an Elephant? 26

Did Woodrow Wilson Really Hide His Paralysis from the Public for a Year? 28

Did Calvin Coolidge Really Have a Pet Raccoon in the White House? 30

Was Harry Truman the First President to "Pardon" a Thanksgiving Day Turkey? 32

Was Dwight D. Eisenhower's Dog Kicked Out of the White House? 34

Did George H. W. Bush Really Go on a Bombing Mission While His Plane Was on Fire? 36

Glossary 38

Selected Bibliography 39

Further Reading 39

Index 40

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