From Beards To Bathtubs: A Look At America’s Presidents

Although he was not the first President to have a bathtub in The White House, many people are aware that the 300-plus pound William Howard Taft was the first who needed to be extricated from the tub. What else do you know about Presidential firsts and unusual facts?

On Monday, February 10, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, Newtown Historical Society will host a program called “The President Did What?!” The program is being held at the meeting house, 31 Main Street, due to the continuing restoration of C.H. Booth Library, where the historical society usually meets.

Presented by Bob Berthelson, guests will have the chance to test their knowledge of all things Presidential.

Abraham Lincoln was our first bearded President and the story of the young  girl who suggested growing is a well established part of history, but who was the last bearded President?

The sons of two Presidents later held the office themselves, along with a President’s grandson, but which President holds the record for family connections, being related by blood or marriage, to 11 other Presidents?

Part of the structure of the republic is to ensure that the commander in chief of the military is a civilian, but in one case the President  took active command. Find out who that was, along with the details.

The office of President has been filled by 44 dedicated men. A study of their lives before, during and after their terms of office reveals many interesting and startling facts. Whatever one’s opinion of each man, all can agree that they have all been quite “human.”

Bob Berthelson has a lifelong interest in American history and nostalgia. Since 1965 he has presented programs to over 2,200 audiences including libraries, historical societies, schools and other organizations. He has appeared several times for Newtown Historical Society.

Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Because of the ongoing restoration work at the library, this program will be held at the Meeting House.

Call 203-426-5937 or visit www.newtownhistory.org for further information.

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