14. Hayes'd and confused.
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-81) is surely one of the most peculiar presidents. By rights, he never should have taken the office at all. He lost the popular vote by 250,000, and he lost the electoral college too.
But then the delegates decided to make him president anyway. He 'won' the electoral college by a single vote after a series of back-room negotiations. They struck a deal to make Hayes president.
After the Civil War, Union troops had remained stationed in the south. The Democrats, then the dominant party in the south, agreed to allow the Republican Hayes to become president in exchange for him withdrawing those troops.
This compromise lead to the president’s unflattering nicknames: ‘Rutherfraud’ and ‘His Fraudulence’.
15. Keep your Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) had a number of peculiar habits. He liked to have vaseline rubbed onto his head (stay with me) while he ate breakfast. He also makes the list of presidents who kept bizarre pets in the White House. He had two raccoons, who he sometimes let run freely through the corridors of power. He also raised chickens at the White House, but for food rather than company.
16. Hoover be dammed.
Herbert Hoover (1929-33) was one of the most unpopular presidents in history. That was partly because he had the misfortune of being elected on the eve of the Great Depression, and partly because the public perceived him as extravagant and out-of-touch because he was a multi-millionaire.
During the dog days of the depression, Hoover feasted on seven-course meals in the White House dining room while ordinary Americans went hungry.
He and his wife were also notoriously difficult on their attendants. The first couple insisted on being served by Marine officers who were all the exact same height. It was said that Hoover demanded never to see his servants. Whenever his staff heard him coming, they would jump into closets for fear of incurring his wrath.
Extravagant and out-of-touch? Why would they ever think that?
17. Easy come, easy go.
William Henry Harrison (March-April, 1841) has the dubious distinction of delivering the longest inauguration speech in history (over 90 minutes) and following it up with the shortest presidency. He died of pneumonia 33 days into his first term.