Presidential Nicknames: Number 1-22

I wanted to publish some presidential nicknames I've come across in the biographies I've read so far. I owe a debt of gratitude to Wikipedia for jogging my memory on some of the more obscure names.

Of note, Andrew Jackson (Old Hickory) inspired the nicknames of two later presidents; James Polk (Young Hickory) and Franklin Pierce (Young Hickory of the Granite Hills). Jackson's tough guy populism made him a kind of Ronald Reagan figure for the next generation, with many candidates claiming to be his legacy.

Five of the first 22 presidents' nicknames were preceded by 'Old', showing a trend where the second and third generation of Americans wanted to be less known as revolutionary and known more for being established.

I think that my personal favorite nickname remains 'The Careful Dutchman' (Van Buren) closely followed by John Quincy Adams (Old Man Eloquent).

Here's the list:

The American Cincinnatus
The Survivor of Monongahela (used mostly during the revolution)

The Duke of Braintree
King John the Second

The Sage of Monticello
The Negro President (for his victory in the election of 1800 since he won because of the 3/5's compromise)
Mad Tom

Little Jemmy (he was only 5'4'')
His Little Majesty

Nothing too creative

John Quincy Adams:
Old Man Eloquent

Andrew Jackson:
Old Hickory
The Hero of New Orleans

Van Buren:
The Careful Dutchman
The Little Magician
Old Kinderhook (O.K)
Martin Van Ruin (by his Whig opponents)

Old Tippecanoe

His Accidency

Young Hickory

Zachary Taylor:
Old Rough and Ready

Millard Fillmore:
The American Louis Phillepe

Franklin Pierce:
Young Hickory of the Granite Hills

James Buchanon:
Ten-Cent Jimmie (because he once said a man should be able to live on 10 cents a day)

Abraham Lincoln:
The Rail Splitter

Andrew Johnson:
The Tennessee Tailor

U.S. Grant:
Unconditional Surrender Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes:
Granny Hayes

James Garfield:
Boatman Jim

Chester Arthur:
Gentleman Boss

Grover Cleveland:
The Hangman of Buffalo

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