In American society, it’s nice to think that the president should be a shining example for all of us, and a beacon to the rest of the world of what we aspire to under American ideals.
But that hasn’t always been the case over the past 240 years.
In fact, over time—and especially since the establishment of an omnipresent media—our presidents have been less than upstanding, and regardless of how they carried out their duties in office, there were scandals that would have totally disqualified them in today’s world.
So as we continue to let men with grave faults into the Oval Office, let’s take a look back at some very interesting truths and messed up facts about our nation’s presidents!
Popular because of his military service, Taylor had no publicly established political beliefs (nor had he ever voted) before his 1848 campaign. He considered himself an independent.
He died so shortly into his presidency, however, that he did not have time to make major strides on issues like slavery.
John Quincy Adams
His diaries reveal that he battled depression for most of his adult life. Three of his four children would die very early in life.
The surgery left his mouth disfigured, but he was fitted with a dental prosthesis to correct his speech and fix his appearance. He told newspapers he had had two bad teeth removed.