We are in the midst of what could very well be an historic presidential election. It promises to be exciting and contentious. Each of the three viable contenders – President Trump and Dem hopefuls Sanders and Biden – has a cadre of very strong supporters and also harsh critics. When all is said and done we could end up with another four raucous years of President Trump, an avowed Socialist in the White House and/or a female vice president.
With that in mind, I thought a presidents’ quiz might be appropriate. How much do you know about our presidents? Let’s see.
You know the drill. No peeking at the internet. No asking “Alexa.” Good luck.
- Donald Trump is president # (a) 42, (b) 43, (c) 44, (d) 45.
- Who was the only president to serve in both WW1 and WW2? (a) Harry Truman, (b) Dwight Eisenhower, (c) Douglas MacArthur, (d) John F. Kennedy
- Each of the following served as generals in the US Army, EXCEPT: (a) Theodore Roosevelt, (b) Franklyn Pierce, (c) Benjamin Harrison, (d) Andrew Johnson. Bonus – There were 12 in total. How many can you name? See below.
- Only two presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery, JFK and who else? (a) Eisenhower, (b) Jackson, (c) Taft, (d) Teddy Roosevelt.
- Who is the only president to serve two terms non-consecutively? (a) Grover Cleveland, (b) James Buchanan, (c) Teddy Roosevelt, (d) Chester A. Arthur.
- What was Lady Bird Johnson’s real first name? (a) Eugenia, (b) Claudia, (c) Alice, (d) Mary
- Who is the longest-lived former president? (a) George Washington, (b) George HW Bush, (c) Jimmy Carter, (d) Ronald Reagan
- Who was the oldest president on his inauguration date? ( Jimmy Carter, (b) Ronald Reagan, (c) George HW Bush, (d) Donald Trump
- Who was the only president who never got married? (a) Andrew Johnson, (b) Warren Harding, (c) James Buchanan, (d) John Quincy Adams.
- Who is the only president to have also served as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court? (a) Woodrow Wilson, (b) James A. Garfield, (c) Benjamin Harrison, (d) William Howard Taft
- Who was the first president for whom “Hail to the Chief” was played? (a) John Tyler, (b) George Washington, (c) Andrew Jackson, (d) FDR.
- Which president’s wife was the first to be dubbed “First Lady?” (a) John Adams, (b) Thomas Jefferson, (c) James Madison, (d) James Polk
- Who was the only president to serve in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812? (a) James Monroe, (b) John Quincy Adams, (c) Andrew Jackson, (d) John Tyler.
- Who was the only president to serve as president and vice president without being elected to either office? (a) Gerald Ford, (b) John Adams, (c) James Monroe, (d) Martin Van Buren
- Who was the first president to live in the White House? (a) George Washington, (b) John Adams, (c) Thomas Jefferson, (d) James Madison
- Who was the shortest president? (a) John Adams, (b) James Monroe, (c) James Madison, (d) John Quincy Adams.
- Who was the first president to be born in the US? (a) Andrew Jackson, (b) George Washington, (c) James Buchanan, (d) Martin Van Buren
- Who had the shortest tenure as president? (a) James K. Polk, (b) William Henry Harrison, (c) Rutherford B. Hayes, (d) Samuel Tilden
- Who was known as “Old Kinderhook?” (a) Franklyn Pierce, (b) Chester A. Arthur, (c) John Tyler, (d) Martin Van Buren.
- How many presidents have died in office? (a) 6, (b) 8, (c) 10, (d) 4
- How many presidents were elected despite having lost the popular vote? (a) 4, (b) 5, (c) 6, (d) 8.
- FDR won four terms as president. How many VPs did he have? (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4.
ANSWERS: 1. (d); 2. (b); 3. (a); [ Washington, Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Franklyn Pierce, Andrew Johnson, US Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Henry Harrison, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, Eisenhower] 4. c; 5. (a); 6. (b); 7. (c) (95 and counting); 8. (d) (70, FYI Biden would be 78; Sanders would be 79); 9. c; 10. d; 11. (a); 12. (c) (President Zachary Taylor referred to Dolley Madison as “First Lady” when he eulogized her at her funeral.) 13. (c); 14. (a); 15. (b); 16. (c) (5′ 4″); 17. (d); 18. (b) (32 days); 19. (d) (That was the derivation of “okay” or “OK”); 20. (b); 21. (b) ( John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush, Donald Trump); 22. (c) (John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman)
So, how did you do? I’d like to know.