US Presidents Trivia


By: J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

The United States of America has enjoyed a 240-year history, with 45 presidents in that time. While the presidency is only one of three co-equal branches of government, none of which is superior to the others, the president is certainly the most visible person in the American power structure. He - and in future, doubtless she - is highly scrutinized, from their personal life to their every pronouncement that could even vaguely be construed as a comment on policy. Conspiracies abound about what presidents are really thinking and doing when no one is watching, and of course, nobody really knows who someone is behind closed doors except those closest to them.

Some presidents have entered the pantheon of history's greatest leaders, while others have been relegated to the dustbin of history. A few left office under a cloud and stayed that way, while others' legacies were rehabilitated later as history gained perspective on their deeds and misdeeds. 

Others got away with absolutely heinous acts of corruption and very naughty sexual misdeeds that nobody knew about during their administrations and sometimes even during their lives. Some have given great speeches, and others passed life-altering legislation. Some of them rose to the challenges of their age and others were caretakers at best. Let's see how well you remember them all!

Who was the first president of the United States?

George Washington. He was the only American president to be unanimously elected!


Which president was the only American president to be elected four times?

Following his 4th term, the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951 and limited the presidential office to two- four-year terms.


William Henry Harrison served only 32 days in office because he…

He died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 68, and his Vice President John Tyler became the 10th president of the United States.


Which US president was involved with an affair scandal with former White House employee Monica Lewinsky?

Bill was impeached by the House of Representatives on this scandal in 1998, however he was acquitted by the Senate in 1999 and completed his term in office.


Who fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln?

John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the back of the head as he sat in the Presidential Box at the Ford Theater enjoying a play.


This US President smoked 20 cigars per day and later died from throat cancer.

Grant served as the 18th president of the US who worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery.


Ronald Reagan was the only US President who was...

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the US and served two terms from 1981-1989. Prior to that he was the 33rd governor of California!


Who was the first president to wear a beard?

Abraham Lincoln was also the tallest president on record at 6'4". He has also been featured on the penny since 1909.


James Buchanan was the only president who never...

James Buchanan was a lawyer, a diplomat and a politician, but never a husband. He also never ran for re-election because he was supposedly tired of being president!


Which US president served his entire presidency in a wheelchair?

Franklin D. Roosevelt was paralyzed from the disease polio. He was the 32nd president of the US and served two terms from 1933 - 1945.


Which US president was responsible for the D-Day invasion during World War II?

Eisenhower succeeded Harry Truman as the 34th president. He was a 5-Star Army General during World War II and was responsible for planning the successful invasion of France and Germany from 1944-1945. He was the first Supreme Commander of NATO.


Who did Richard Nixon speak with on July 21, 1969 from the White House radio-telephone?

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and several hours later on July 21st, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first to step foot onto the surface of the moon. Nixon called it "the most historic phone call ever made from the White House"


This US president played the saxophone.

Bill Clinton played saxophone in a jazz trio in high school. The three wore dark sunglasses on stage and called themselves "Three Blind Mice".


A prominent US family, this president's father gave him $1 million when he turned 21.

It is said that each of his nine brothers and sisters also received $1 million on their 21st birthdays!


Though many served in the Army, this US president was the first to have served in the Navy...

John F. Kennedy was the first president to serve as an active member of the Navy from 1961-1963.


Which president was the first president to hold a press conference on television?

John F. Kennedy. JFK was the 35th president of the US from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.


Who was the only US president to resign from office?

Richard Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974 amid the threat of impeachment for the Watergate scandal and his loss of political support. Gerald Ford succeeded him as president.


Grover Cleveland dedicated the ______ in New York Harbor in 1886.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the US from the people of France. It stands at a height of 151' 1".


Herbert Hoover was the first president to be born west of which river?

Hoover served as the 31st president of the US from 1929-1933. He was a mining engineer raised as a Quaker, and was also a Republican. He was president during the Great Depression.


Herbert Hoover and JFK were two presidents who did this with their salary...

Hoover made a small fortune in the mining industry and JFK came from a wealthy family.


Before his presidency, George W. Bush was managing general partner of which Major League baseball team?

Bush was the 43rd president of the US from 2001-2009. He was elected after a close race against Al Gore who received more popular votes than Bush.


Singer Beyonce sang "At Last" at his inaugural ball while he danced with his wife.

Barack Obama was the first African-American to be elected president of the US. He is currently serving his last year of his two terms as the 44th president of the US.


Who was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd president of the US from 1801-1809. Other Founding Fathers included John Adams, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton , John Jay, James Madison, and George Washington.


Which US president would awake at 5am to practice piano for two hours each day?

Harry Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, a Democrat who served as vice president and succeeded FDR upon his death.


Woodrow Wilson was the first US president to have earned a...

Dr. Woodrow Wilson earned his Ph.D. in political science in 1886 at Johns Hopkins University. He later served as president of Princeton University from 1902-1910.


John Quincy Adams was the first president to be...

John Quincy Adams was the 6th president, prior to that he served as the 8th Secretary of State. The son of John and Abigail Adams.


Which US president was the only one who was elected twice but in non-consecutive terms?

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president of the US. Prior to his first term, he served as the 28th governor of New York!


Which US president is remembered for getting stuck in the White House bathtub?

Taft weighed in at 332 pounds and they had to order a new larger bathtub for him!


What was the relationship between John Adams and John Quincy Adams?

John Quincy Adams became the 6th president of the US following his father John Adams who was the 2nd president. The father saw his son become president just 16 months before his death.


George Washington is on two denominations of US currency. The $1 bill and the...

George Washington was also the first president to be on a postage stamp!


Which US president was the first to speak over the radio?

Warren Harding served as the 29th president and died in office from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 57. He was one of the most popular US presidents, though following his death was the exposure of several scandals during his presidency and his rating dropped.


Which US president held his daughter's high school prom at the White House?

Gerald Ford was actually born Leslie Lynch King Jr. He became the 38th president of the US following Richard Nixon's resignation.


Who was the 11th president of the US?

James K. Polk was a Democrat who server as Speaker of the House and also as Governor of Tennessee before taking the oath of the presidency in March 1845.


Who was the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House?

Franklin Pierce. He was the 14th president of the US from March 1853 – March 1857.


This US President became a slave owner at the early age of 11.

George Washington died on December 14, 1799 at his home. His tomb is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia.


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