If you need to know your Taylor from your Tyler and your William Henry from your Benjamin, you're in luck. Take our Forgotten U.S. Presidents quiz to impress people at cocktail parties with facts about our bygone bosses.
Hanson was the President of the Continental Congress.
So he was elected the first president, just under the Articles of the Confederacy as opposed to the Constitution.
Remember that the United States wasn't even formed under the Articles of Confederation; it was only after the Constitution was adopted and a chief executive was granted power that the office had any meaning.
So there were 10 presidents before Washington! But . . . there really wasn't, like we said before.
Hancock also served as president of the Continental Congress.
No, they're not the same person.
William Henry served first.
The Harrison dynasty spanned ages. Kind of.
Harrison only served 30 days after coming down with pneumonia shortly after entering office.
But don't feel sorry for old Grover so fast. . .
That pesky Cleveland.
As well as mayor of Buffalo and governor of New York, to be fair.
James Buchanan was a bachelor.
Lincoln was elected after his first term.
Garfield was assassinated.
Despite being unelected, Arthur undertook serious civil service reform.
Pierce was not friendly to abolitionist causes.
He was a big-time war hero.
Although there are theories that the ailment was caused by poison.
Poor Fillmore was passed over for his own nomination after serving out Taylor's term.
Although he was a Whig early in his life.
After claims he ruined the economy.
Didn't exactly ingratiate himself.
McKinley was shot a few months into his second term.
And Teddy Roosevelt proved to be a lot more popular.
Harding died very suddenly; Calvin Coolidge took over the office.
Harding's reputation took a dive posthumously.
He was 50; she was 21. No biggie.
It's a good way to remember who really didn't matter.