Unexpected, Unusual, and True Facts About Our Presidents at Milford Library on Feb. 21

On Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, join us at Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave. as Stephen Spignesi explores a whole other side of our nation’s leaders. From George Washington to Barack Obama, this collection of weird and wild—but true!—facts will shed light on the little-known quirkiness of our presidents. Just a sampling:

  • Andrew Jackson married a bigamist.
  • Martin Van Buren wore pistols in the Senate chamber in case things got too rowdy.
  • Franklin Pierce ran over a woman with his horse while in office and was arrested, but police released him once they realized he was the president.
  • James Garfield could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nickname for his staff driver was “Private Parts.”
  • Barack Obama can bench press 200 pounds.

All attendees will receive a free, tri-fold, color, signed brochure about the presidents.

Stephen Spignesi is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He is also a professor of English at the University of New Haven, a poet, screenwriter, musician, and novelist. He has written more than 50 books. His website is www.stephenspignesi.com.


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