The US Presidential History Quiz


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How much do you know about the 43 men who have led the United States? Take this quiz to find out.

Who had the shortest presidency?

William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia in 1841, only 31 days into his term.


Who was the first president to die in office?

Again, William Henry Harrison has this distinction.


Who was the only unmarried president?

James Buchanan was the only president who remained a lifelong bachelor.


Which of the following is NOT the name of a presidential scandal?

The Petticoat affair and Teapot Dome scandal were real. The War Chest episode, not so much.


There are two father/son sets who have been president. The Bushes are one. Which is the other?

Second President John Adams was the father of sixth President John Quincy Adams. William Henry Harrison was Benjamin Harrison's grandfather, and the Roosevelts were fifth cousins.


George H.W. Bush and this former president were the only two sitting vice presidents to be elected president.

Many vice presidents have moved up after the death of the president, but Van Buren and Bush were the only two to run for election while they were vice president.


Who was the only president to have gotten divorced?

Reagan was married to Jane Wyman before he married Nancy Reagan.


Which president had the most children?

John Tyler had 15 kids over 45 years.


The only two presidents to have been impeached are Bill Clinton and who else?

Clinton and Johnson were both impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.


Why was Andrew Johnson impeached?

Johnson wasn't on board with his party's plans for Reconstruction, and he blocked the enforcement of some congressional acts. The last straw was when he tried to dismiss his secretary of war, in open defiance of the Tenure of Office Act, which required congressional approval for dismissal of certain Cabinet members.


These two presidents were second cousins.

Zachary Taylor was the 12th president, and James Madison was the fourth president.


Who was president during the stock market crash of 1929?

The stock market crashed only seven months after Hoover became president.


Who was the only ex-president to become a Supreme Court justice?

Taft left office in 1908, and Warren G. Harding appointed him as chief justice in 1921.


Who served nine terms as a congressional representative after his presidency?

John Quincy Adams had a much more politically active post-presidency life than most, serving nine terms as a representative from Massachusetts.


Who's the only president to hold a doctorate?

Wilson held a doctorate in political science and history from Johns Hopkins University.


Who was the youngest elected president?

JFK was 43 years and 7 months old when he was inaugurated.


Who was the youngest president to be in office?

Roosevelt took office at 42 years and 10 months old, but he wasn't elected — he took office after President McKinley was assassinated.


This president was a congressman, senator, governor and vice president before he became president.

Andrew Johnson truly climbed the governmental ladder to the presidency.


John F. Kennedy and this ex-president are the only two to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his presidential term and stint as chief justice of the Supreme Court, Taft also served as secretary of war.


How many presidents have been assassinated in office?

Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were all killed in office.


How many presidents have survived an assassination attempt while in office?

Jackson, FDR, Truman, Ford and Reagan all survived assassination attempts while in office.


How many of those survivors were wounded in the attempt?

Reagan was the only one to be wounded by a would-be assassin. He suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding when John Hinckley Jr. shot him.


Who was the oldest president at the time of election?

Reagan was 69 years old when he was elected.


Who was the shortest president?

Madison stood 5 feet, 4 inches (163 centimeters) and weighed only 100 pounds (45 kilograms).


Who was the heaviest president?

Taft weighed in at about 330 pounds (150 kilograms) but lost 150 of those after his presidency.


Who was the tallest president?

Lincoln stood 6 feet, 4 inches (193 centimeters) tall.


These ex-presidents died on the same day.

Former rivals Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


Which president was re-elected after admitting to having had a child out of wedlock?

Cleveland owned up to the scandal but claimed the child wasn't biologically his. A 2011 book alleges that Cleveland date-raped the mother 10 years before he became president.


Who was known as "Old Rough and Ready"?

Andrew Jackson was "Old Hickory," Teddy Roosevelt was a Rough Rider, and Zachary Taylor was "Old Rough and Ready."


Who was the only president to get married in the White House?

Tyler and Wilson both got married while in office but not at the White House. Cleveland married Frances Folsom there in 1886.


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