How Much Do You Know About U.S. Presidents?

By: Becky Stigall

How Much Do You Know About U.S. Presidents?
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About This Quiz

Our commanders in chief have led interesting lives and achieved great things. Take this quiz and find out just how much you know about our nation's leaders.
Which president is said to have had wooden teeth?
George Washington
Actually, Washington's falsies really weren't wooden. They were animal teeth.
Abraham Lincoln
James Madison
Richard Nixon

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Which president was a former actor?
Ronald Reagan
Reagan starred in several movies before becoming the governor of California. At the time of his election, he was the oldest to serve as president. Donald Trump has since become the oldest to take the oath of office.
Bill Clinton
George Bush
Barack Obama

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Which president had a cursing parrot?
Barack Obama
George Bush
Andrew Jackson
It is said that the parrot could not attend Jackson's funeral because it wouldn't be quiet.
Richard Nixon

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Many first families have a pet dog or cat, but William Henry Harrison had a pet ____.
Goat
It is rumored that he also had a cow living at the White House.
Frog
Kangaroo
Squirrel

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Which president was the founder of the University of Virginia?
Thomas Jefferson
The University of Virginia was founded in 1819. It was built on an abandoned farmer's field.
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
John Quincy Adams

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James Madison graduated from which Ivy League college?
Princeton
Madison earned both his undergrad and graduate degree at Princeton. He was the institution's very first grad student.
University of Florida
Ohio State
Michigan State

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Who was the only president to be unanimously elected?
George Washington
Washington served as president from 1789 to 1797.
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama

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Which president is said to have been an accomplished violinist?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Richard Nixon
John Tyler
If he hadn't been president, his dream was to play in concert.

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Which president promised to never run for a second term?
George Washington
Richard Nixon
James Polk
Polk kept his promise and did not seek a second term. He secured the Oregon Territory for the U.S.
Barack Obama

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Which president had the nickname Old Rough and Ready?
Zachary Taylor
Taylor got the nickname while commanding troops in the Seminole War. He died during his term as president.
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Richard Nixon

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Which president married his teacher?
George Washington
Richard Nixon
Millard Fillmore
Abigail Fillmore was a couple of years older than Millard. He waited to marry her until he was established in his career.
George Bush

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Which president wasn't sworn in on a Bible?
Richard Nixon
George Bush
Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce was sworn in on a law book. He chose to "affirm" rather than "swear." This was due to the fact that he thought the death of his son was punishment for his past sins.
Bill Clinton

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Which president did not bring a wife to the White House?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
James Buchanan
James Buchanan single when he was president. In fact, he remained a bachelor all of his life.
Richard Nixon

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Which president was noticeably intoxicated during an inaugural speech?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
We hear he really liked his whisky. He was intoxicated during his inauguration as vice president, under Abraham Lincoln. Johnson would become president less than two months later, following the assassination of Lincoln.
Thomas Jefferson

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Which president enforced his teetotaling within the White House?
George Washington
Richard Nixon
Rutherford B. Hayes
Hayes is said to have banned alcohol to appease Prohibitionists. His wife was known as "Lemonade Lucy."
George Bush

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Which president was ambidextrous?
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon
James A. Garfield
Garfield was also said to be able to write in both Greek and Latin.
George Bush

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Which president was married to the youngest first lady in history?
George Washington
George Bush
Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland's wife was not his ward, as some people believe. She was the daughter of his friend, who died in an accident. Cleveland and Frances Clara Folsom married when she was 21.
Bill Clinton

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Which president was in office when the White House was wired for electricity?
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Benjamin Harrison
It is said that Harrison was actually a bit afraid of the electrical functions of the White House. He was afraid he'd be electrocuted, so he avoided touching anything.
Richard NIxon

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Which president had part of his jaw removed?
Grover Cleveland
Cancer forced the removal of much of Cleveland's upper jaw. The artificial jaw was made of rubber. The secret surgery was performed on a yacht!
George Washington
George Bush
Bill Clinton

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Which president was first to incorporate the telephone into his campaign?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Richard Nixon
William McKinley
Now we know when those annoying calls began! This was way back in 1896.

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Which president suffered from asthma since he was a boy?
Richard Nixon
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Teddy Roosevelt
Roosevelt used exercise as a way to strengthen his lungs, with encouragement from his father.

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Which president served as the head of two branches of government?
George Washington
Bill Clinton
William Taft
William Taft served as head of the Supreme Court after he left the presidency.
Richard Nixon

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Who was the only president to hold a Ph.D.?
Richard Nixon
George Bush
Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson earned degrees in Political Science and History from Johns Hopkins University. He didn't learn to read until the age of 10, probably due to dyslexia.
Bill Clinton

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Which president is said to have gambled away the White House china?
Warren Harding
No, that's not code for anything; he really did gamble and lose the White House china. He clearly wasn't very good at poker.
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon

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Which president was fluent in Mandarin Chinese?
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama
Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover and his wife learned Chinese while living in China. They lived in Tianjin for two years, while he was employed as a mining engineer.

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Which president's father burned him on his Harvard application?
George Washington
Thomas Edison
William Taft
John F. Kennedy
JFK's father wrote that he was "careless." Not a glowing recommendation.

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Which president considered the loo an appropriate place to conduct business?
Lyndon B. Johnson
Ummm... waste not, want not!
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama
George Bush

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Which president funded his first congressional campaign with poker winnings?
George Washington
William Henry Harrison
Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon was said to be quite the card shark.
Abraham Lincoln

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Which president dabbled in modeling?
Abraham Lincoln
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, both did stints as models. Betty was signed by the John Robert Powers agency.
Bill Clinton

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Which president was a peanut farmer?
Jimmy Carter
Carter placed the family peanut farm in a blind trust while he was in the White House.
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama

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Which president won two Grammy Awards?
George Washington
Thomas Edison
Abraham Lincoln
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton won Grammys for Best Spoken Word. Hillary also won a Spoken Word Grammy.

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Which president was a cheerleader in high school?
George Washington
Millard Filmore
Abraham Lincoln
George W. Bush
W was his high school's head cheerleader. He also played on the baseball team.

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Which president collected comic books?
Barack Obama
Obama is said to have a preference for Spiderman and Conan The Barbarian.
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson

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Which president was invited to join the KKK?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Harry S. Truman
There is some debate as to whether or not he actually joined, but he definitely never participated. Bonus fact: The "S" in Harry S. Truman doesn't stand for anything, leading to some controversy over the use of a period following the letter.
Thomas Jefferson

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Which president held a job as a hangman?
Bill Clinton
George Bush
Grover Cleveland
Hangman duty was part of Cleveland's job as the sheriff of Erie County, New York.
Richard Nixon

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