In 1860, Abraham Lincoln ran for President with the campaign slogan "Vote Yourself a Farm", referring to the Republican party's promise to support legislation granting free homesteads to settlers of the Western frontier. Four years later, during the Civil War, he ran for re-election with the slogan "Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream".
William Howard Taft never really wanted to be President. He preferred law to politics and always aspired to serve on the Supreme Court. But his wife -- who wanted to be first lady -- had other ambitions for him. After four uncomfortable years as President, Taft left the White House and became a Professor of Law at Yale. In 1920, Taft finally realized his true dream when President Harding made him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a position which he held until just before his death in 1930.
Presidents rode in stock, unmodified cars until President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration had a state car custom built with armor plating for the doors, bullet-proof tires, inch-thick windows and storage compartments for pistols and sub-machine guns. Initially called "Old 99," in reference to a number on its first license plate, it was later nicknamed the "Sunshine Special."