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John Quincy Adams

Unusual presidential demeanor not unusual

The recent anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration has generated a flurry of reviews on his first year in office. In evaluating his achievements and failures, both his supporters and adversaries alike reflect on his strong personality and the unusual demeanor that he brought to the oval office as compared to his predecessors.

But Trump’s atypical deportment and erratic behavior may not be as historically unique to the presidency as one may think. Before the age of instant news, some previous White House inhabitants had peculiar and eccentric quiddity that received little attention and did not effect their performance in office.

Learning about similar bygone events...