Presidential Nicknames You Forgot About


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Source: AP

Every nickname has a story. Even centuries ago, political figures earned nicknames. Here’s a look at some of the past presidential nicknames and how they earned them.

James Madison – “Little Jemmy”
Source: The White House Historical Association

Also known as the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison is known for drafting and promoting the U.S Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States. He got the nickname “Little Jemmy” for his size, standing only 5’4″ tall.

Andrew Jackson – “Old Hickory”
Source: Thomas Sully

The 7th President of the United States was reportedly given his nickname “Old Hickory” by his fellow soldiers who claim he was “tough as old hickory.”

Harry S. Truman – “Give ‘Em Hell Harry”
Source: US National Archives

“Give ‘Em Hell Harry” began as this president’s slogan and followed him as his nickname. While serving his term, Truman made the call during World War II to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Bill Clinton – “The Comeback Kid”
Source: Bob McNeely, The White House

Bill Clinton, full name William Jefferson Clinton, was nicknamed by the media “The Comeback Kid” during the 1992 New Hampshire primary where he began far behind in polls and finished a strong second place.

Richard Nixon – “Tricky Dick”
Source: AP

Former president Richard Nixon was once labeled “Tricky Dick,” reportedly originating as a response to a smear campaign during his race for a seat in the Senate.

Dwight D. Eisenhower – “Ike”
Source: US National Archives

The nickname “Ike” came about during his campaign as part of the slogan, “I like Ike.”

Abraham Lincoln – “The Great Emancipator”
Source: Portrait by Alexander Gardner

Abraham Lincoln became known as “The Great Emancipator” for his emancipation of slaves.


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