He was a great leader, a true revolutionary, a brilliant soldier, an inspiring leader and the first U.S. president, but when it comes to tweeting, George Washington is not as proficient as some of his successors. Although he doesn’t tweet often, G.W. deserves your add because he’s really tall and he never wore a wig, despite enormous peer pressure.
This founding father was also the father of another president and the founder of some pretty hilarious tweets. Adams will jump on Twitter a few times each week to offer his droll take on current events.
“Tweeting Thomas” will give you a few history lessons, some well-timed jokes and a whole lot of University of Virginia football commentary. Jefferson founded UVA in 1819, and he’s still an avid fan after all these years.
Van Buren was the only U.S. president who didn’t speak English as his first langage. Nearly 700 tweets later, he seems to have figured it out. Marty has a special knack for picking comically antiquated words to incorporate into his tweets.
Polk doesn’t enjoy Twitter as much as some of his comrades, but he updates every now and again. A lifelong member of the Democratic Party, Polk’s tweets often poke fun at Whigs. He also makes the ambitious claim that he rocks the “best mullet ever.”
You know those people who are always searching for themselves on Google? Millard Fillmore definitely has that habit with Twitter. He comments on and retweets almost any tweet that includes his name. Try it out and see if you can get a retweet from the last Whig president.
This one is for the history buffs. Although there is plenty of comedic potential for a heavy drinking Civil War general-turned-president, this feed eschews typical Twitter sarcastic humor. Instead, all of Grant’s tweets come from direct quotes, which link to posts from the Grant in Wartime blog.
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This is just a funny Twitter feed. The fact that it is the eponymous account of an obscure former U.S. president doesn’t come into play often. It seems Rutherford prefers to make fun of Twitter itself, rather than provide political or historical commentary.
It’s been a few months since Twitter users have heard from Cleveland. Maybe a fresh influx of followers will revive this dead president’s will to tweet. If not, his humorous past tweets are worth a look.
As president, Roosevelt was known for his machismo. As a tweeter, Teddy shows similar spunk and energy. He must be a compelling figure because he is one of the most commonly imitated former presidents. For some bonus coverage, here are three more Rough Riders you Teddy fans might enjoy: @ ColonelTR, @TeddyRoosevelt_ , @progressiveted.
William Taft was a man of prolific talents: a prolific eater, a prolific trust buster and now, a prolific tweeter. He may have died in a bathtub, but that hasn’t stopped the 27th president from shooting off more than 8,000 tweets.
Much like Harding, his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge likes getting on Twitter to sound off about his conservative ideals. Unlike the no-nonsense posts from Harding, Coolidge is much funnier and more lighthearted in his tweets.
For all you centrists, Truman is the middle ground between Harding’s conservatism and FDR’s liberal tweeting. Truman offers snippets of wisdom through thoughtful aphorisms. Having a firm grasp on the medium, this tweeter definitely packs a punch into his 140 characters.
Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are actively using their Twitter accounts to win the 2012 election. Well, Dwight D. Eisenhower is doing the same thing with hashtag #ilikeike2012. We already know social media is groundbreaking, so maybe getting a dead guy elected is the logical next step.
Everyone interacts with social media in his own special way. Kennedy mostly just uses Twitter to keep in touch with family, friends and his love interests. So instead of expecting a terse version of the “ask not what your country can do for you” speech, check out JFK’s feed to see some of his legendary flirting skills in action.
“Tricky Dick” is at it again — actually, not really. Rather than subverting the democratic process, Nixon has a new hobby: posting evocative headlines on Twitter. He definitely has a talent for picking tempting teasers. It’s hard not to click on the links Nixon posts.
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