Happy Presidents Day, folks! Whether you have the day off in honor of our fearless leaders, or are spending Presidents Day sipping Dunkin at your desk, now is as good of a time as any to brush up on your presidential facts. As the cradle of the Revolution, Massachusetts has quite the history itself. They’ll be a quiz on how much you learned today, so pay attention!
By far my favorite fact of the holiday: Legal Sea Foods‘ award-winning clam chowder has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981. According to the Boston-based restaurant chain, the tradition was hatched in 1981, fulfilling President Ronald Reagan’s wish to feature quintessential food from all 50 states. Since then, Legal’s delicious clam chowder has graced the tables of George Bush, 1989; Bill Clinton, 1993; George W. Bush, 2001; and Barack Obama, 2009. So on your lunch break today, grab a bowl of the good stuff and know that you’re slurping with the best of them.
Other random presidential facts on this Presidents Day:
John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush were the only presidents born in Massachusetts.
Eight presidents have Harvard degrees: Barack Obama, George W. Bush (M.B.A. ’75), John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
While attending Harvard Law, Obama lived at 365 Broadway in Somerville from 1988 to 1991.
President John Quincy Adams played the flute in the college band at Harvard.
While at Harvard, Teddy Roosevelt kept lobsters, snakes and a tortoise in his room. Some call it weird; I call it awesome.
Bully Boy Distillery in Roxbury traces its roots back to the founders’ great-grandfather’s roommate at Harvard – Teddy Roosevelt, who coined the term “bully” to refer to something great. Bully Boy was an old workhorse on the family’s farm.
John F. Kennedy and his family frequented the Union Oyster House, and, in return, his favorite booth has been dedicated “The Kennedy Booth” in his memory.