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Government of the United States Quiz: Pass This Presidential Trivia by Honoring the Chief

What amusing and unexpected facts do you know about the presidents of the United States? The U.S. Take the President’s Quiz, and you could find yourself in the Oval Office.

Which presidential candidate stated, “Change will not come if we wait for another person or another time”?

Barack Obama

Theodore Roosevelt

Stephen Breyer

John F. Kennedy

Barack Obama
Barack Obama ran a campaign based on change and hope. This quote exemplifies his push for active progress—he was an American politician from 2009 to 2017 and was the 44th President of the United States. A Democratic Party supporter, he was the first African-American President of the United States.

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today…” This president should have taken his advice and run a brush through his mane, as reporters often noted his “thatch of wild Republican hair.”

Hilary Duff

Abraham Lincoln

John Tyler

Martin Van Buren

Abraham Lincoln
It makes sense why he chose the stovepipe hat. Lincoln looks well-groomed in his photographs but was previously known to be a little shabby. His “irregular flocks of thick hair carelessly brushed” were also mentioned in reports that seemed to be obsessed with him.

Who was the only president who was an eternal bachelor, at last?

Lyndon B. Johnson

Thomas Jefferson

James Buchanan

Doris Day

James Buchanan
Throughout his presidency, James Buchanan operated alone. And earlier. And then. He only had one engagement in his entire life, but sadly, he broke it off.

Which president, who was not a micromanager, said: “By leadership, we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want him to do because he wants to do it, not because your position of power can compel him to do it”?

Gloria Estefan

William Henry Harrison

Richard Nixon

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower frequently exemplified what a leader ought to be. Not to give a man a fish but to teach him how to catch one.

Who was the first vice president in the line of succession to become president?

Chester A. Arthur

Josh Groban

John Tyler

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John Tyler
Since William Henry Harrison’s untimely death, John Tyler became the first president through the line of succession. Tyler is partially responsible for the 25th amendment.

A real turkey, Which president ordered the installation of a bowling alley in the White House?

James A. Garfield

Richard Nixon

CeeLo Green

George W. Bush

Richard Nixon
Richard “I-am-not-a-crook” Nixon got his kicks in the alley before the Watergate Scandal. He adored it so much that he had a one-lane alley in the White House basement.

Who is the only president to have ever completed a marathon?

George W. Bush

Benjamin Harrison

Brett Kavanaugh

Andrew Johnson

George W. Bush
George W on the track has established the tempo. During the 1993 Houston Marathon, the former president completed the race in 3 hours, 44 minutes, and 52 seconds.

Which president who can play the saxophone has two Grammy awards—one for the best spoken word album and the other for the best-spoken word album for kids?

Bill Clinton

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

Harry Connick Jr.

Bill Clinton
Although he isn’t the only president with a Grammy (Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter also nabbed the golden gramophone), Bill Clinton took home two for My Life in 2005 and Peter and the Wolf in 2004.

Which president thought it was right to defund the Second Bank of the United States but ended up on the $20 bill? “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”

John F Kennedy

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Johnson

Theodore Roosevelt

Andrew Jackson
It’s some irony that Andrew Jackson’s visage should land on any bill of U.S. currency, as he hated banks. He succeeded at defunding the Second Bank of the United States, and although he plastered on the $20 since 1929, he’ll soon replace by Harriet Tubman.

Which president was Thomas Jefferson’s enemy? “Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends”?

Alexander Hamilton

George H. W. Bush

George Washington

John Adams

John Adams
TJ and Johnny Adams were initially close friends who went on a trip together to William Shakespeare’s house. However, their friendship soured as they competed for president and vice president positions. To call out everyone in the book one after another. However, as they grew older, they grew closer and continued to correspond via pen pals until their shared death day.

Which president was a star football player who declined offers from the Packers and the Lions? “Hut, hut, hike.”

Bobby Hendricks

Rutherford B. Hayes

Gerald Ford

Andrew Johnson

Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford excelled as a football player at the University of Michigan, where his squad twice claimed the national championship. He must have been being watched by the Packers and Lions, as he declined job offers from each team after graduation in favor of a coaching position at Yale, where he also studied law. Overachiever.

Which president had the longest marriage of any first couple, lasting 73 years?

Herbert Hoover

George H. W. Bush

Taylor Hicks

George W. Bush

George H. W. Bush
Without a doubt, George and Barb embodied the adage “til death does us part.” When they passed away within a few months of one another in 2018, their love lasted for over a century.

Bow, awe. Which animal lover hosted two beagles at the White House named “Him” and “Her”?

Lyndon B. Johnson

James Buchanan

Barrack Obama

John Tyler

Lyndon B. Johnson
After Lyndon Johnson’s beagles, every president’s pet has been playing catch-up. “Him” and “Her” became famous in the 1960s as the president’s pet celebrities, thanks to Life magazine.

Which president was undoubtedly a distant relative of Winston Churchill? “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

William R. King

John C. Calhoun

Franklin Pierce

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Churchill was a seventh cousin of Roosevelt. In addition to being fifth cousins once removed with his wife and being related to Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt, FDR was also distantly related to many other former presidents, including Washington.

Who was our most minor president, standing just 5’4″ tall and weighing just 100 pounds?

Chester A. Arthur

James Madison

James A. Garfield

William H. Taft

James Madison
Madison is the most diminutive president of the United States to date. The highest? If you put them side by side, Lincoln is an entire foot taller (6’4″), so that would be him.

This man considered the nation’s capital to need “fixing up.” Which extravagant president hired a Tiffany & Co. designer to remodel the White House?

Woodrow Wilson

Warren G. Harding

Chester A. Arthur

Calvin Coolidge

Chester A. Arthur
Nobody enjoys living large as much as Chester A. Arthur. The White House’s private rooms underwent a redesign thanks to the president’s hiring of Louis C. Tiffany of Tiffany and Co. From the furniture to the drapes, he essentially threw everything inside out and had it auctioned off.

Which president earned the nickname “His Fraudulency” after winning the presidency by just one electoral vote?

Gerald R. Ford

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes
“Rutherfraud” from 1877 came before 2020’s “Stop the Steal.” In one of the most closely contested elections in the nation, Rutherford Hayes came in with a staggering 250,000 vote loss in the popular vote but managed to win the electoral vote by one vote.

Who was affectionately referred to as “Uncle Jumbo” and was the first (and only) president to hold office for two consecutive terms?

Zachary Taylor

Abraham Lincoln

Ulysses S. Grant

Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland was also renowned for his bulk, even though Taft may take all the glory for getting stuck in the bathtub at the White House. He was known as “Uncle Jumbo” by his family and was 6 feet tall and 270 pounds. Uncle Jumbo served a second term four years after serving his first, so the nation must have wanted him back.

Which president oversaw the nation while partially paralyzed following a string of strokes (with assistance from his wife)?

Woodrow Wilson

Ulysses S. Grant

Herbert Hoover

Donald J. Trump

Woodrow Wilson
In 1919, Woodrow Wilson had several strokes as a result of stress. Despite having three years left in his term and being nearly blind and partially paralyzed, he presided over the nation with a lot of help from his wife, Edith Bolling Galt, who helped pose him for photos but also effectively ran the Executive branch. That’s saying a lot considering that historians frequently list Wilson’s presidency as one of the top ten.

What president’s untimely demise brought on by bacteria found in cherries and iced milk?

Franklin Pierce

Zachary Taylor

Gerald R. Ford

Richard M. Nixon

Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor died during his presidency as well. This time, it was due to the bacteria-laced milk or cherries he consumed on Independence Day. He was president for just over a year.

Who was the first president who was born in the United States?

John Quincy Adams

Martin Van Buren

Andrew Jackson

William Henry Harrison

Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren, born in 1782, was the eighth U.S. president but was the first to be born in the country after it gained independence. Before the American Revolution, all previous presidents were born in colonies.

Which president was known as “Handsome Frank” and “Fainting Frank”?

Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan

Benjamin Harrison

Theodore Roosevelt

Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce was indeed attractive. Although he was probably fond of the nickname “Handsome Frank,” he was probably not fond of the nickname “Fainting Frank,” which he earned after passing out from a groin injury during the Mexican-American War.

Which president set aside his ego and said, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit”?

Harry S. Truman

Gerald Ford

Zachary Taylor

Barrack Obama

Harry S. Truman
Harry Truman said this, presumably to encourage bipartisanship. He was also a firm believer in accountability. “The buck stops here,” he said.

Writer’s block wasn’t an issue for this president. Who was the first leader in publishing a biography of a leader?

John Quincy Adams

Herbert Hoover

William Henry Harrison

Millard Fillmore

Herbert Hoover
The Challenge to Liberty and American Individualism are just two of the many books written by Herbert Hoover. He also authored The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson, a biography of his predecessor, as one of his literary works.

Who among the presidents who detested public speaking once said, “Whenever you do something, act as if everyone is watching”?

James K. Polk

Lyndon B. Johnson

Thomas Jefferson

Franklin Pierce

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as the third president of the United States in front of the entire world. Even though he is renowned for his elegant writing (hello, Declaration of Independence), he detested public speaking and only gave two speeches throughout his administration.

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