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12 things you did not know about the presidents

October 3, 2007
  1. Thomas Jefferson had a deaf slave family at Monticello. Their expertise in making the finest Virginian wine from its vineyard.
  2. Theodore Roosevelt had a deaf guide on his exploration of the west discovered an area what is known as Yellowstone National Park.
  3. George W. Bush often jogged with Gallaudet University president, I. King Jordan, on the Gallaudet track.
  4. Abraham Lincoln learned fingerspelling from Edward Miner Gallaudet at the White House before attending Ford theater that evening.
  5. Dwight D. Eisenhower often uses a deaf war department civilians to send secret codes in sign language to his field officers before the D-day to avoid interception by the Nazis.
  6. George Washington temporary uses a yorktown deaf family’s home as his headquarters in October 1781, site of the last battle of the Revolutionary war.
  7. Andrew ‘Old Hickory’ Jackson once killed a deaf man in a duel over his girlfriend before the war of 1812 in New Orleans.
  8. Ronald ‘The Great Communicator’ Reagan once had a character role of Alexander Graham Bell in a film which was never released.
  9. John F. Kennedy often party on Martha’s Vineyard in which a few local deaf residents were in attendance.
  10. In 1918, Woodrow Wilson became was the first president ever to be a commencement speaker at Gallaudet college. He used the occasion to promote the ‘League of Nation.’
  11. A deaf person, White House aide pushed Franklin D. Roosevelt, a victim of polio, in his wheelchair on his campaigns for relections.
  12. Richard M. Nixon was the first president to use a certified sign language interpreter, unfortunately it was for his resignation speech shortly after watergate.
  1. M
    October 3, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    You overlooked one more president. His name is Calvin Coolidge.

    Prior to being the 30th President, Calvin Coolidge roomed near the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass. He married Grace Goodhue, a teacher of the deaf. He eventually became interested in the education of deaf children. When he was Vice President, he conceived and lent his name to a $2,000,000 endowment fund to broaden the school’s activities. However, when he became President, the progess of the fund was halted. Source: Time

    When she was young, she learned about the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass and became a teacher of the deaf at the Clarke School for the Deaf after graduating from the University of Vermont.

    Source: Wikipedia

  2. RLM
    October 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    You ought to enclose sources where you obtain the following information.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all about your findings. That would be really nice if you use the findings for the new Deaf History curriculum materials to arouse deaf youngsters to have some self-esteem and pride within themselves by knowing someone deaf make difference for their country.

    Robert L. Mason (RLM)

  3. Name withheld upon Request
    October 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    All of them except for #10 aren’t true.

    http://www.theinterpretersfriend.com/misc/humr/deafpride.html (please don’t tell me you got this from this website!)

  4. M
    October 3, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Didn’t many deaf students (usually during their senior year / graduating year) from different schools for the deaf visit the White House and meet the US President?? Maybe it began in the 1950’s or 1960’s? Thanks.

  5. M
    October 3, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Name Withheld

    Thanks for the link. The “myth” means: “a widely held but false belief”. The info about Coolidge is true. I am sure many of the Presidents had deaf connections like deaf relatives, employees, and visitors.

  6. T.O.A.
    October 3, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Fun game. At first I thought all of them are true. No wonder FB put this in ” Believe it or not”. Smarties! LOL.

  7. AnonymousCoward
    October 3, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like Fookem & Bug STILL do not understand the definition of plagarism…

  8. Lisa Marie
    October 3, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Oh, shut up AnonymousCoward.
    Can you read their motto?

  9. October 3, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    “Name withheld upon Request”, you’re lucky! We didn’t get this from there. Thank you for providing a link.

    AnonymousCoward, thank you for your sweet note. You assumed wrong. Personal attacks: Once you’ve made a personal attack, the target will probably assume bad faith. The edit war will get even uglier. People, like elephants, rarely forget.

    Just ask how we got it.

  10. ohwow..not!
    October 3, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Bill Clinton was first prez to get a bj from a deaf person…Marlee Matlin.

    (Frankly, I don’t believe a lot of these!)

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