Can You Match the Historical Leader to Their Other Half?


By: John Miler

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About This Quiz

There is no Bill without Hillary, no Barack without Michelle. In almost every case, world leaders don’t get by merely on their own wiles and wit – many of them rely on significant others not only for romantic reasons, but also as partners in their political ploys. In this nearly impossible quiz, do you think you can match all of these famous leaders to their other half?

Hardly anyone remembers President Gerald Ford for anything other than his questionable pardon of Richard Nixon and his Watergate antics. But his wife Betty? She was a fabulous example of activism in action, and her very public struggles with substance abuse yielded good – she founded the Betty Ford Center, which is probably the most famous rehab clinic on Earth.

Everyone knows John Edwards was an adulterous politician who cheated on his wife as she was quite literally dying from cancer. But Elizabeth transcended the trashiness, overcame the death of her son, and inspired millions of people to help others, showing leadership where her husband did not.

Whether they are Roman conquerors, Egyptian rulers or French emperors, the leaders in this quiz all have accomplished major feats during their lives. Let’s see if you can pair them to the correct significant others!

Henry VIII

Henry VIII was a loose cannon, one who couldn't seem to produce an heir no matter how many wives (6) he had. His second wife was Anne Boleyn, whom he had executed because she didn't give him any children.


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt rose to the presidency during the Great Depression with his wife Eleanor by his side. But he famously took a mistress and Eleanor essentially gave up on the marriage … and became a political force in her own right.


Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc was a hero of France for steadfast courage during the Hundred Years' War. She hardly had a chance to marry -- she was burned at the stake when she was just 19 years old.



Cleopatra was a legendary ruler of Egypt who married thrice, the last time to Roman political powerhouse Mark Antony. But the star couple was star-crossed, and both of them committed suicide during their falls from power.


Adolf Hitler

She called him "Fluffy," and he bestowed her with the nicknamed "Bunny Nose," and together, Adolf and Eva Braun were the love story of the century ... or something like that. Actually, they married and then immediately committed suicide in a bunker, lest they be eaten alive by the Soviet soldiers ripping Berlin to shreds at the end of WWII.


John F. Kennedy

When he was in Congress, JFK met a beautiful young woman named Jacqueline Bouvier. The two married in 1953, and "Jackie" became perhaps the most famous first lady in U.S. history.


Eva Perón

Who's Juan, anyway? Everyone knows Eva -- the most famous first lady in Argentina's history. She was beautiful, righteous, and active in human rights causes. She's still renowed as perhaps the most influential woman in the country's history.


Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson married Martha Wayles in 1772, just as the American Revolution was about to gain steam. She died just 10 years later at 33, and Jefferson never remarried … but did father children with one of his slaves.


Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a major player in the evolution of women's rights in the 19th century. She also fought to elminate slavery. She never married.


George Washington

George Washington married Martha Dandridge in 1759. She'd previously been married and was widowed when she joined forces with George. The two never had children and some historians believe that the Founding Father was incapable of having children ... his loins, however, created the greatest country every to grace the face of the Earth.


Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly was't just an A-list movie actress. She gave up her ritzy life to marry Prince Rainier III in 1956, making her the Princess of Monaco. She died at just age 52 after a terrible car accident.


John Adams

Adams, the second president of the U.S., was famously married to Abigail. She was no wallflower -- she actively advised her husband on many matters and they conjured many political ploys together.


Elizabeth I

During the Tudor period in England, Elizabeth I was the "Virgin Queen," who never married. She was extremely powerful and led a strong reign that saw her fending off the Spanish Armada.


Mahatma Gandhi

In 1883, Gandhi married Kasturba Mohandas. The two worked on political protests and civil disobedience for the rest of their lives, in many ways improving conditions for oppressed people everywhere.


Abraham Lincoln

Mary Todd was an odd duck, and she got even weirder after Lincoln's assassination. She only wore black, she spent tons of her government pension on unncessary items, and wound up in a mental institution for a time.


Catherine the Great

A coup took down her husband, Peter III, but that only helped Catherine the Great, who became an amazing Russian leader. She reinvigorated her country in many ways. In the meantime, Peter died shortly after being deposed.


Ronald Reagan

In the '80s, Nancy Reagan was an outspoken first lady to President Reagan. She was particularly visible in anti-drug campaigns that spread throughout the country.


Robert F. Kennedy

Kennedy was married to Ethel Skakel in 1950, and together they had 11 -- yes, 11 -- children. Kennedy was assasinated by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968, the same year Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered.


Queen Victoria

In 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, her first cousin. She held her throne for more than six decades and had so many children that she was considered the "grandmother" of Europe.


Ulysses S. Grant

In 1848, Ulysses married Julia. Then, he went on to become a Civil War hero, and later, president. At the end of his life he was nearly destitute, but his autobiography helped earn money for his wife after his death.


Margaret Thatcher

She was the "Iron Lady," the first female prime minister of Britian, but Margaret Thatcher was a family woman, too. She married Denis in 1951; he was a very successful businessman.


Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr., a hero of the Civil Rights movement, married Coretta Scott in 1953. She was active in politics after her husband's assassination in 1968, and she died in 2006.


Vladimir Lenin

Yeah, Lenin looked like Satan … but you should see his wife. Nadezhda Krupskaya was a political force in the Soviet Union, too, and she does NOT look happy in her portraits -- perhaps because she was married to the Devil himself.


Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the first female prime minister of India, and she married Feroze in 1942. He died from a heart attack in 1960; she was killed by her own bodyguards in 1984.


Alexander Hamilton

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler in 1780, as the American Revolution roiled the land. The two had a tumultous relationship, one scarred by Hamilton's affairs.


Theodore Roosevelt

In 1880, Roosevelt married the love of his life, Alice Lee. Four years later, she died just after giving birth to a baby -- and Teddy went into years of despondency, having lost his mother, too. He eventually returned to politics and remarried, to Edith, a long-time friend.


Leonidas I

Famous for leading Spartan warriors at the last stand of the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas I had a relationship with a consort named Gorgo. When asked why Spartan women were the only females to be leaders of men, she supposedly said, "Because we are also the only ones who give birth to men."



Napoleon's first wife, Joséphine, didn't give him any children, so he divorced her. He then married Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, whom he hoped would strengthen his political career.


Benazir Bhutto

Bhutto was the first female leader of a Musilm country, Pakistan, and took the helm in 1988. She married Asif Ali Zardari in 1987, and he is still prominent in the nation's politics. She, on the other hand, was assassinated by terrorists in 1996.


Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill resembled a walking toad, but he married a beautiful woman named Clementine Hozier in 1908. Their marriage survived two World Wars, and just as challenging, five children.


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