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President-elect Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as rivals Marco Rubio (left) and Ted Cruz (right) look on at the start of the Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. Reuters

James Garfield made American history when he was elected president in 1881. Ambidextrous and a genius of sorts, legend has it he could write a sentence in Latin with one hand while simultaneously penning the same sentence in Greek with his other hand.

And with that, the United States had its first president known to be left-handed.

Garfield, who lasted just 200 days in office before he was assassinated, was the first and only left-handed president before the 20th century, the Washington Post reported in 2008. But in the last 75 years or so, the U.S. has seen a disproportionate number of left-handed presidents. It has become a somewhat odd subject of fascination for many, leading to Wikipedia pages dedicated presidents' handedness, and, of course, wild conspiracy theories tying the lefty trend to the New World Order and Illuminati.

Those fearful of lefties in power will catch a break this month when President-elect Donald Trump, a righty, takes over the White House from President Barack Obama, a lefty. Trump, the owner of a number of golf courses, swings his clubs with a right-handed stance and writes with his right hand. Obama, like a number of recent presidents, is a lefty for both.

The list of known lefty presidents also includes Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan (who learned to write with his right hand, as well), George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. That means since the end of World War II, half of U.S. president have been lefties — despite statistics that show southpaws compose only about 10 percent of the population.

It's been suggested the recent uptick of lefties in the Oval Office is likely due to strict teachers who used to force future presidents to write with their right hand.

Trump, perhaps more than any other president, has had his hands — which have been proven to be below average in size — at the center of his candidacy because of a longstanding squabble with a writer who once called him a "short-fingered vulgarian." Trump even argued about his hand size — and alluded to the size of another body part — on the Republican primary debate stage with GOP foes.

And while Trump is a righty, he does have a pretty odd connection to left-handedness.

During his run for president, Trump's campaign made headlines when it gave more than $730,000 to Left Hand Enterprises LLC just a few days after the company was formed and incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware. The company, which the press called both "mysterious" and "unusual," was apparently a direct-mail firm hired to send out last-minute mailers ahead of the Nebraska and Indiana primaries.