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Cigars in the White House
Written by James Payne

Friday, 17 July 2009

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 The First Smoker

No one knows whether or not George Washington, or first president, smoked cigars or not. He did have a tobacco farm for income, so it is hard to imagine that he at least never tried one.

But since there are no records of that use, we’ll have to say that the first President to officially light up in the White House was James Madison, our fourth president. Aside from smoking cigars right up until his death, he also brought us a nifty little document called, “The Constitution”. Not a bad way to go down in history.

The next President to smoke in office was Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Dubbed “Old Hickory”, Andrew Jackson first grew to popularity in the military. He was an avid cigar smoker, and even his wife was said to have smoked two cigars a night.

Another famous smoker was Zachary Taylor, who, like Jackson, grew to popularity amidst war, specifically the Mexican War. Although he loved cigars, it is said that he would not smoke them in the presence of women or men who did not already smoke cigars, probably making him a believer in second hand smoke.

The first president to never be seen without a cigar was Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteen president. Prior to presidency, Grant was a great Civil War hero. In fact, it was during a particular battle that Grant is said to have become a true addict of cigars. After hearing reports that Grant was smoking a cigar during battle, fans began sending him box after box of his favorite brand. He reportedly received, and tried to give away, 10,000 of them, and eventually formed a 20-cigar-a-day habit.

Grant was so well known for smoking cigars that when he ran for office the Democrats tried to demonize him and made up several songs about his smoking habit; apparently to little affect. Maybe the rest of America loved cigars too.






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0 # William and WarrenSam Hessa 2009-07-17 11:02
William McKinley supposedly put his cigar aside before being photographed, saying he didn't want the youth of Americal to see their president smoking. And, BTW, it's Warren HArding, not William.

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0 # Steven Fowler 2009-07-17 13:01
Hoover shouldered the depression? If doing nothing is shouldering, then you are correct.

Also, Hoover followed Coolidge and preceded Roosevelt.

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