Many Presidents had unusual careers before entering the WhiteHouse. Jimmy Carter, the 39th President, was a peanut farmer. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, was a movie actor. And Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, once worked choppingrails for fences.
According to John Riley of the White House Historical Association, Harry Truman was a haberdasher. A haberdasher (HAB-er-dash-er) is someone who deals inmen's clothing and accessories, particularly hats.
Once in the White House, each President made his mark in different ways. In fact, before Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President,came to office, the White House wasn't even called the White House! People called the building the President's Palace, President's House, and the Executive Mansion. Rooseveltofficially named it the White House in 1901.
Theodore Roosevelt wasn't the only President to invent a new expression. Martin Van Buren, the eighth President, is sometimescredited with creating the word "OK." Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York. During his campaign, Old Kinderhook (O.K.) clubs formed to support the President. Later, "OK" or "okay,"came to mean "all right."
There have been many other interesting presidential firsts. James Polk, the 11th President, was the first President to have his photograph taken.Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to ride in a car while in office. His fifth cousin and the 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the first to ride in an airplane.