President's Day means more than sales in Ohio

CLEVELAND - For some it’s a day off school, for others it means no mail and super sales. But there’s much more to Presidents' Day, especially in Ohio.

“Ohio is one of the most president producing states in the country,” said Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Tied with Virginia at eight, some consider Ohio the “Mother of Presidents.”

“Our interest in presidents has always been pretty high,” said Arrington. “Unfortunately, that interest comes long after those presidents are dead.”

We stopped by the home of the one president to come from Northeast Ohio in honor of Presidents' Day.

“Here in Mentor, it’s very important to us at James A. Garfield National Historic site,” said Arrington.

Approximately 40,000 visitors stop by the site each year.  It's there they can learn the impact Garfield had before being assassinated just four-months into his presidency.

“Abolition, slavery, the civil war, civil service reform,” said Arrington.

An estimated 80 percent of what you see in Garfield’s home was there when he was alive.  It’s an exciting stat for self-proclaimed presidential history “nerds.”

“I would say I’m one of those nerds,” added Arrington.

It might seem like a snooze-fest for younger generations, but now even Garfield is on social media to show them it’s so much more.

“I hope he would think it’s kind of cool,” said Arrington.

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Fun Facts About Ohio Presidents

Here’s a list of fun facts you may not know about some of Ohio’s eight former Presidents.

-- Ulysses S. Grant was fined $20 for speeding – in his horse-drawn carriage.

-- The first president to use campaign buttons was William McKinley.

-- Warren G. Harding didn’t have Lady Luck on his side when he gambled away a set of White House china.

-- The first president to use a phone was Rutherford Hayes – you could “call him maybe” by dialing the number 1.

-- James Garfield could write with both hands at the same time – in different languages.

-- And last but not least, our nation’s heaviest president, and Ohio native, William Taft. Weighing in at 332 pounds, Taft got stuck in the bathtub on Inauguration Day.

 

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