Here are some totally random thoughts of mine about past US presidents.
Grover Cleveland - one of his brothers supposedly built my family's summer cottage in New Brunswick, to which we are eternally grateful. He was probably one of the hardest working and most honest Presidents. In the post civil war US corruption was rampant in politics.
Calvin Coolidge - notoriously taciturn President. At a dinner party Teddy Roosevelt's daughter sat beside him and told him she had a bet with her friend that she could get him to speak more than two words. He turned to her and said "You lose".
William McKinley - his wife was epileptic. When she had fits at the dinner table her husband would calmly put a handkerchief over her face until it past. He did this without blinking an eye.
Teddy Roosevelt - winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the end of the Russo-Japanese war. Lost his first wife and his mother on the very same day which caused him to totally withdraw. He got over his grief by going out west and roughing it. Founded the US's Park system.
Warren G. Harding - Bill Clinton's unofficial mentor I think. Used to have sexual liaisons with his mistress in the White House closets. Died of a heart attack in 1923 after a corruption ridden 2+ years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - came across on his fireside chats as very warm, fatherly and comforting. Was a master manipulator and had a very long memory for people he felt crossed him, ruthless. Was also a bit of a momma's boy. Felled by polio on Campabello Island, New Brunswick, Canada in 1921 (I think, I am going by memory).
William Howard Taft - supposedly the heaviest President. He was in command when the Titanic sank in 1912. He lost one of his advisers when the ship sank. Had a very successful career as a Supreme Court Justice.
My favourite Presidents?
Republican - Lincoln, Eisenhower
Democrat - FDR, Wilson with Clinton a close third
President with the most natural talent that he did not totally exploit? - Bill Clinton
President that pleasantly surprised everyone? - Harry Truman