David: Question: The nickname of which American president involved a wood commonly used to make chisel and hammer handles?
(a) James K. Polk
(b) Andrew Jackson
(c) Franklin Pierce
Answer: All of the above.
Shagbark hickory, an incredibly strong wood often used for tool handles, is second only to black locust among domestic hardwoods in most measures of a wood's strength. Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans (1815), was known as "Old Hickory" because his supporters claimed he was as tough as the wood. James K. Polk, a prot?g? of Old Hickory, was also known as "Young Hickory." Franklin Pierce, whose home state was New Hampshire, was nicknamed "Young Hickory of the Granite State" in reference to his service in the Mexican-American War.