Happy President's Day

Happy President’s Day! 

Here’s a Presidential trivia quiz, some easy, some rather obscure ones. Each President is the right answer only once.

  1. Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln were each elected from Illinois but neither was born there. Name the only President born in Illinois. 
  2. This President had the shortest retirement of any President dying just 103 days after his term had expired. He was also the only Speaker of the House ever elected President.
  3. Name the only President with a PhD. He earned his degree in History at Johns Hopkins. 
  4. At 5’4” he was the shortest President though he stands tall in our Constitutional history. 
  5. This President was described by one of his political opponents as “a man who steps out of the shower to take a piss.” 
  6. An accidental President, he was the last sitting President to run for the nomination of his party and not win the nomination. If it helps James Blaine would win the nod. 
  7. The first President not to be born in one of the 13 original states. 
  8. The last President to be a slaveholder. 
  9. Though James Madison withdrew a nomination that likely would have been rejected by the Senate, this President was the first to have a nominated cabinet member formally rejected by the US Senate. The rejected nominee was Roger Taney who would later become a member of the Supreme Court.
  10. A number of Presidents never held elected office before winning the presidency but who was the first president not previously elected to any other public office? He was also the last Southerner to win the White House in the 19th Century.
  11. The only President whose mother tongue was not English. 
  12. The only President to also serve on the Supreme Court. 
  13. This President was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock and taunted with the slogan: “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa?” When he won, the retort came back "Off to the White House, Ha Ha Ha."
  14. This President once served as ambassador to Colombia. In fact, that post was his last government office before being elected President. 
  15. This President coined the term “Founding Fathers” using it in his Inaugural Address. 
  16. The first President born in Texas though he grew up elsewhere and was elected President from yet another state. 
  17. At the time of this President's death, he was serving in the House of Representatives. After suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on the floor of the House, he would die in in the Speaker's Room inside the Capitol.
  18. This President was administered the oath of office by his father. He is one of seven Presidents to have retake the oath of office.
  19. At his Inauguration, this President insisted on having Barbados Rum served perhaps because that was the only country to which he had ever travelled. 
  20. The only president to have held the office of President Pro Tempore of the Senate. 
  21. The first President born west of the Mississippi. Though President Obama has claimed the title of the first Pacific President, this man arguably has a better claim having grown up in Oregon and gone to college in California. He was also the first President to be elected from California. And like Nixon, the second Californian to win the White House, a Quaker. 
  22. While six Presidents served as Secretary of State before being elected President and while two served as Secretary of War only one held both posts.
  23. The last President to have served in the Civil War. His campaign for the Presidency is generally considered the first modern campaign even though he never left his porch to campaign.
  24. The first President to live in the White House who his second night in the White House penned this pray. "Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof." 
  25. The first President to have a telephone installed at the White House. He was also one of four men to win the White House without winning the popular vote.
  26. Washington refused to accept a salary but only one other President has refused to accept a salary as President donating it instead to charity.
  27. The only President elected directly from the United States House of Representatives.
  28. This President wrote in a letter to another President that he held that “a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.” 
  29. The last Whig to be President of the United States. 
  30. Of the four US Presidents to win a Nobel Prize, the only one to win it after his term in office had expired. 
  31. This President while in office wrote in a letter that "This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government for white men." 
  32. The only President to have been a Rhodes Scholar. 
  33. His inauguration was the first to be televised nationally.
  34. The first President to hail from Pennsylvania and the last to be born in the 18th century, he was the only bachelor President and is ranked by most historians as the worst ever. 
  35. Shortly after being elected President, this President told a Pastor and a leader of a poverty abatement program that he “didn’t understand how poor people think.” He later described his wealthy backers as “the have mores” and his “base.” 
  36. This President described being President as: “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.”  In the end, he chose to not run for re-election.
  37. At 42 years, 10 months and 20 days, he was the youngest President. Of his Presidency, he later wrote "I did not usurp power but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power."
  38. One of two Quaker Presidents, he’s the only person to be elected twice to both the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. And he's the only President to have resigned the office.
  39. One of the shorter Presidents at 5’6”, this President hailed from Indiana. He is only one of four Presidents to win the Presidency despite losing the popular vote. He was also the grandson of a former President.
  40. One of eight-left handed Presidents (six since the end of World War II) and one of seven Presidents who had to retaken the oath of office but this President is the only President to win a Grammy. 
  41. The only President to hail from New Hampshire, he was attacked for being a "doughface" (a Northerner with Southern sympathies). He’s also the only President to affirm rather than swear the oath of office. 
  42. The only President born in Nebraska, he was a well-respected House Minority Leader whose goal in life was to become Speaker of the House. He never did, but instead took an unusual route to the White House. 
  43. This President said of conservatives: “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.” He also reminded his antagonists that “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” Words our current President might considering quoting. 


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I know some of these

off the top of my head, but I want to sit down later today and try to figure out more by process of elimination. It helps that each president is the answer to only one question.

Speaking of presidential trivia, I learned from Smart Politics that Thomas Jefferson was the only president born under the sign of Aries. The greatest number of presidential elections have been won by candidates born under the sign of Aquarius, Pisces, Taurus, Scorpio and Leo:


by desmoinesdem 2010-02-15 07:29AM | 0 recs
Number 43?


by MainStreet 2010-02-15 08:18AM | 0 recs
Here are a few non-google guesses

2. James Polk

4. James Madison, but is US Grant the runner-up?

6. Rutherford Hayes.

21. Hoover

30. Roosevelt

31. Andrew Johnson

38. Nixon

40. Leftists in name only, Obama

I could guess on, these are pretty interesting.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-02-15 10:23AM | 0 recs
Question #1

     I'm fairly certain that no President was ever born in Illinois. If you're thinking of Grant, he was born in Ohio.

by Ron Thompson 2010-02-15 10:52AM | 0 recs
RE: Question #1

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois.

by Charles Lemos 2010-02-15 03:44PM | 0 recs
RE: Question #1

     Goodness, how stupid of me. You're right, of course.

by Ron Thompson 2010-02-15 04:26PM | 0 recs

#11 is Martin Van Buren (mother tongue was Dutch)

by dvk 2010-02-15 01:11PM | 0 recs
Answers 1 to 43

1 -- Reagan.

2 -- Polk.

3 -- Wilson.

4 -- Madison.

5 -- George H.W. Bush.

6 -- Arthur.

7 -- Lincoln.

8 -- Grant.

9 -- Jackson.

10 --Taylor.

11 -- Van Buren.

12 -- Taft.

13 -- Cleveland.

14 -- William Henry Harrison.

15 -- Harding.

16 --Eisenhower.

17 -- John Q. Adams.

18 -- Coolidge.

19 -- Washington.

20 -- Tyler.

21 -- Hoover.

22 -- Monroe.

23 -- McKinley.

24 -- John Adams.

25 -- Hayes.

26 -- Kennedy.

27-- Garfield.

28 -- Jefferson.

29 -- Fillmore.

30 -- Carter.

31 -- Andrew Johnson.

32 -- Clinton.

33 -- Truman.

34 -- Buchanan.

35 -- George W. Bush.

36 -- Lyndon Johnson.

37 -- Theodore Roosevelt.

38 -- Nixon.

39 -- Benjamin Harrison.

40 -- Obama.

41 -- Pierce.

42 -- Ford.

43 -- Franklin Roosevelt.

by 1st Republic 14th Star 2010-02-15 01:57PM | 0 recs
RE: Answers 1 to 43

Impressive. Did you know number 5 or was that through the process of elimination?

I read that "The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America" by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. It was such a memorable description of George Herbert Walker Bush.

by Charles Lemos 2010-02-15 05:37PM | 0 recs
RE: Answers 1 to 43

Not the only time that line was used - Don Rickles aid it about Bob Newhart.


by Dr Squid 2010-02-15 07:16PM | 0 recs
RE: Answers 1 to 43

I used process of elimination for 5 and 25.  The rest I picked up in my studies or reading.

by 1st Republic 14th Star 2010-02-15 09:11PM | 0 recs
Here's a try

1. Reagan

2. James Polk

=3. Wilson

4. James Madison

=5. George HW Bush

6. Chester Arthur

7. Lincoln

=8. Grant (!)

=9. Jackson

10. Zachary Taylor

=11. Van Buren

12. Taft

13. Cleveland

=14. WH Harrison

=15. Harding

16. Eisenhower

17. JQ Adams

=18. Coolidge

=19. Washington

=20. Tyler

21. Hoover

=22. Monroe

23. McKinley

24. John Adams

25. Hayes

26. Obama

=27. Garfield

=28. Jefferson

29. Fillmore

30. Carter

31. A Johnson

32. Bill Clinton

=33. Truman

34. Buchanan

35. Worst President Ever

=36. LB Johnson

37. T. Roosevelt

38. Nixon

39. B. Harrison

40. Kennedy

41. Pierce

42. Ford

43. FDR


= Yeah , I googled it.

by Dr Squid 2010-02-15 07:11PM | 0 recs
In Grant's defense

he owned just one slave, a man named William Jones. Grant set the man free in 1859 unconditionally. Jones had been owned by his wife Julia Grant's father. It is not clear whether Grant purchased Jones or received him as a gift, not an uncommon practice.

Zachary Taylor had over a 100 slaves at his cotton plantation in Louisiana. Taylor held that slavery was an economic necessity within the cotton-growing region, but he opposed its expansion to areas where cotton could not be cultivated. Taylor, the last Southerner to be elected President in the ante-Bellum period, was the last President to own slaves while in office.

The other slaveholding Presidents were Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren (one in 1814 who ran away) William Henry Harrison, Tyler and Polk. In other words of the first 12 Presidents all of them owned slaves except for John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Washington probably owned the most, well over 200. Jefferson's records are unclear - he didn't exactly run Monticello well - but he certainly was the more active trader, that is, he bought and sold as needed. But Jefferson's slaves likely numbered no more than a hundred some odd at any one time. Jackson also owned close to 200 slaves. He did not free any of them in his will. Neither did Madison. Jefferson freed only five in his will. Washington freed all of his slaves conditioned upon the death of Martha Curtiss Washington.


by Charles Lemos 2010-02-15 08:37PM | 0 recs


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