Monday, February 20, 2006

Our Annual President's Day Tribute

Today, we here at KAR continue our tradition that stretches all the way back to last February. On this day, where government and banking employees everywhere pause to reflect upon the 41 men who have led the executive branch of this nation, we salute the memory of one of the most overlooked Presidents of the middle sixth of the 19th century: Millard Fillmore.

Today we begin with some little known tidbits about our 13th president:


* Fillmore once declined an honorary degree from Oxford because: "no man should accept a degree he cannot read."

* Fillmore is one of only two US Presidents whose first and last names both had double-consonants.

* Fillmore never accidentally shot anybody while hunting.

* When asked what he would do if he, hypothetically, were to accidentally shoot someone while hunting, he replied "Tho' my heart t'would be troubled and my humours sicken'd, I would first fulfill my constitutional duty, and alert the White House Press corps."

* Fillmore was the first president to have a stepmother.

* Which means, accordiing to some experts, that she didn't have the moral authority to hold a positive opinion on Fillmore's presidency.

* Fillmore was named after his mother.

* Fillmore's Secretary of the Navy was named Kennedy.

(Sources for the non-made-up stuff here, here and here.)

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