Stephen Spignesi Discusses His Book: Grover Cleveland’s Rubber Jaw And Other Unusual, Unexpected, Unbelievable But All-True Facts About America’s Presidents

05/12/2017 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

Stephen Spignesi
Stephen Spignesi

Our May program features Stephen Spignesi exploring the whole other side of our nation’s leaders. From George Washington to Barack Obama, this collection of weird and wild—but true!—facts will shed light on the little-known quirkiness of our presidents. Just a sampling:

  • Andrew Jackson married a bigamist.
  • Martin Van Buren wore pistols in the Senate chamber in case things got too rowdy.
  • Franklin Pierce ran over a woman with his horse while in office and was arrested, but police released him once they realized he was the president.
  • James Garfield could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nickname for his staff driver was “Private Parts.”
  • Barack Obama can bench press 200 pounds.

All attendees will receive a free, tri-fold, color, signed brochure about the presidents.

Stephen Spignesi is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He is also a professor of English at the University of New Haven, a poet, screenwriter, musician, and novelist. He has written more than 50 books. His website is

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