CINCINNATI - Presidents Day honors the leaders of our nation, but that story can’t be told without looking back at the Tri-State's history.
Here are the top nine Presidents Day fun facts with Tri-State ties.
1. Eight men, seven of whom were born in the Buckeye State, called Ohio home before making the White House their temporary dwelling. Those presidents were:
2. Abraham Lincoln (16) was born in the Bluegrass State and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park preserves two sites where Lincoln lived as a child — one in Hodgenville, Ky., and the other near Knob Creek, Ky.
3. Indiana boasts three presidents who were at one time affiliated with the state: William Henry Harrison (9), Abraham Lincoln (16) and Benjamin Harrison (23).
4. John Quincy Adam’s was the first United States president to visit Cincinnati. He came to view one of the first major telescopes, which was then in Mount Ida. After Adams' visit, Mount Ida’s name changed to Mount Adam’s to commemorate it. The telescope is now located in Mount Lookout.
5. Union Terminal has been a popular destination for presidents and candidates. Some of its famous visitors include Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, Harry Truman in 1948 and George W. Bush in 2002. Most recently, Mitt Romney campaigned at the Cincinnati Museum Center in September 2012.
6. Tri-State residents can go back in time with a tour of William Howard Taft’s Cincinnati home located at 2038 Auburn Avenue. The residence is where Taft was born and grew up. Guided tours of the Taft House are every thirty minutes starting on the hour and half hour.
7. The University of Cincinnati may be President Barack Obama’s good luck charm. He campaigned at the university two days before the election in 2008 and visited again two days prior to the 2012 election.
8. John F. Kennedy did a lot of things, but correctly pronouncing "Cincinnati" was not one of them . During at trip to Cincinnati in the 1960s, JFK joked with the crowd when he couldn’t seem to say the city’s name right. He seemed to redeem himself on another trip in 1962. Click on the video player below to watch the video. (Note to mobile and tablet users: Open in a browser to watch video.)
9. A statue of William Henry Harrison is in Piatt Park in downtown Cincinnati . The statue is the city's only equestrian statue and features the ninth president, who died in office, atop the horse.
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