1. Nickname was “Peaches” when he was young — either because of his lack of facial hair or because it was a shortened version of his surname.
2. During a training exercise in 1991 was hit in the chest by a bullet. His surgeon at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center was Bill Frist, who would later become Senate majority leader. (Petraeus convinced his doctors to release him early by doing 50 sit-ups.)
3. Unanimously confirmed as director of the CIA in June 2011, by a Senate vote of 94-0.
4. Known as a “warrior-scholar,” according to Reuters, having earned his master’s and doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
5. Treated for prostate cancer in 2009, but caught the disease at an early stage.
6. When The New York Times got a tip about his prostate cancer, his staff readied a press release. Petraeus himself added a line to the release that explained the cancer was kept secret in part to “avoid giving Al Qaeda hope,” but his wife took it out.
7. Collapsed in his chair during intense questioning in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. He blamed dehydration.
8. Shortly after graduating, Petraeus married the daughter of his superintendent at West Point, Holly Knowlton.
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9. His wife, Holly is the assistant director for Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency founded as a part of the Dodd-Frank act.
10. His father, Sixtus, was a sea captain, and his mother, Miriam, was a librarian.