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Happy William Henry Harrison Day
Monday - 2/18/2013, 12:52pm EST
But the Monday-holiday folks finally had their way. Monday holidays are great (for those that get them), and merchants love it. So now it's President's Day, meaning you can pick your favorite POTUS.
Many distinguished historians (myself included) think that our best all-around president was maybe William Henry Harrison. He was a self-made man, a war hero and a successful diplomat. He was the oldest man (until Ronald Reagan) to ever take office, at age 68.
He made one of the longest inauguration day speeches ever, came down with pneumonia and died in his 32nd day in office. Most of the time he was too sick to do anything — including make mistakes.
He didn't start any wars, cause any recessions or sequester anybody. He just came to work, took sick leave and expired without making a single mistake: Except maybe for that long speech in the cold without a top coat.
So I don't know what you are doing today, and which President (if any) you are honoring. For me, it's Tippecanoe and Tyler too.
Have a nice day!
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
Compiled by Jack Moore
From Mental Floss:
In 2011, Australia's Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, gifted President Barack Obama a $50,000 policy that would cover the President in case he was attacked by a crocodile.
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