The underwear of U.S. presidents has been documented from the time of Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton. Honest Abe's long white drawers reportedly peaked out from his trousers' cuffs when riding a horse. His critics thought him a country bumpkin with lanky legs showing his underwear which was longer than his trousers. And Bill admitted to wearing "mostly briefs" when asked by a young go-ed whether he wore boxers or briefs.
|John F. Kennedy|
Union suits were most likely worn by presidents from U.S. Grant to George H. W. Bush. The ingenious underwear was patented in 1868 and first manufactured in Utica, New York. Union suits worn by two presidents have been extensively covered (pun intended) in news' reports and books: Presidents John F. Kennedy and Calvin Coolidge.
Kennedy's Union Suit: A pair of the President's warm woollen long-johns (also known as a "State of the Union-Suit") sold at Heritage in 2010 for $6,000. By the way two of his union suits sold previously for $3,450 in 1998.
The following is an article written about JFK's union suits in June 1998:
An intimate encounter with JFK's base layer
Calvin Coolidge always wore union suits from the time he was a little boy throughout his presidency and beyond.
The very first time Grace Goodhue laid eyes on Calvin Coolidge she said she was watering flowers at school and happened to look over to see a young man standing in front of his apartment open window shaving. He was only wearing a union suit (long underwear) and a derby hat. She had a great laugh out of it. Coolidge looked out at her, smiled, and continued shaving! He later confessed that whenever he shaved a lock of hair got in the way. So he used the hat to hold it down while he washed his face and lathered up. Grace and Calvin began dating and later married. How many presidents (or any guys for that matter) meet their future wives while clad only in their long-handled underwear?
Given to him originally as gag gift, Coolidge kept his mechanical horse upstairs in the White House where he and Mrs. Coolidge lived. He had first climbed on as the result of a dare. He actually really liked the "horse" and rode it often. To the amusement of Mrs. Coolidge and many White House visitors, he rode the mechanical horse throughout his presidency, always while wearing a cowboy hat and, most often, while wearing just his union suit! Secret Service agent reports indicated that he often wandered the White House halls late at night in just his long one-piece underwear.
Interesting Article from 1965 citing Calvin Coolidge and his Union Suit. Added July 11, 2017 ....Chris: