Can You Answer These U.S. Presidents Trivia Questions?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
Did you know that in 1800, the House of Representatives had to vote to figure out who would become president of the United States? That was the year that the candidates wound up in an election deadlock, and the House had to step in to determine the next commander-in-chief. And did you know that Harry Truman was the very first president to give a televised address? Step up to the ballot box in this fascinating U.S. presidents quiz!
It took a very long time for a U.S. president to travel beyond the country’s borders after being elected. Would you believe that Teddy Roosevelt was the very first president to leave the country? And his destination? Panama.
Ulysses Grant would only eat his steak if it was cooked all the way through. This witness to some of the Civil War’s bloodiest fights was sickened merely by the sight of animal blood.
Did you know that the troll-faced Gerald Ford was a fashion model for Cosmopolitan magazine in his younger days? Or that Ronald Reagan acted in 53 movies before becoming president?
Let’s see how much you really know about the most powerful men in world history! Dive into the wacky and incredible facts about America’s presidents now!
Andrew Jackson was known for taking part in which activity?
Jackson reportedly took part in about 100 duels in his lifetime, often (supposedly) in defense of his wife’s honor. In 1806, he was shot right in the chest and survived, while killing his opponent.
Who was the first president to hold a press conference on live television?
Kennedy was a handsome man who used his onscreen presence to win the first televised presidential debate, against Richard Nixon. Later, he became the first commander-in-chief to hold a press conference on live TV.
What problem greatly affected Franklin Roosevelt throughout much of his presidency?
urinary tract infection
The podiums were a great disguise. Roosevelt’s bout with polio left him unable to walk later in life, and his handlers did the best they could to hide this from a populace that didn’t have round-the-clock TV coverage of their commander-in-chief.
Who was the only president in history to be unanimously elected?
George Washintgon, that’s who. The Founding Father was immensely popular after leading the country to victory in the American Revolution. It’s unlikely that any other president will enjoy such widespread support.
Jefferson was a prolific writer, one who wrote his own epitaph. He didn’t bother mentioning that he was president, but he did start by indicating that he was the author of the Declaration of independence.
To spite his opponents, what symbol did William Harrison adopt as a campaign symbol?
During a presidential run, Harrison’s opponents likened him to a simplistic country man who’d rather drink booze all day than become commander-in-chief. He adopted symbols for a log cabin and hard cider to mock his opponents.
Which president established the country’s first national park?
Some presidents, who will go unnamed here, eliminate public lands and parks. Others, like Ulysses Grant, take exceptional measures to preserve vital lands. Grant authorized Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park, in 1872.