Which president was it?


By: John Miller

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By nature of the position, American presidents are some of the most powerful people in history. They make decisions that affect not only Americans, but much of the world, too. How well do you know your presidential history?

Which president resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal?

"I am not a crook," said Richard Nixon after the details of Watergate became ever more damning. But he was a crook, and he resigned to avoid impeachment.


Which man wrote the Declaration of Independence and later became commander in chief?

Thomas Jefferson slaved over the details of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which announced America's intention to separate from Britain. In 1801, he took office and served two terms as president.


Who was the very first president of the United States?

After leading the Continental Army to an incredible victory against the British, Washington resigned his position. But his country wasn't through with him just yet -- it elected him as the first president.


Which president issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that slaves were free?

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which made slaves free. But there was still that pesky little matter of winning the Civil War, the bloodiest war in American history.


Which president was the first to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

In 2009, Barack Obama became the first and only U.S. President to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the prize for his efforts in repairing international relationships.


Which president guided the country through most of World War II?

George Washington was so cool that he came back from the dead to beat the Nazis! Just kidding, it was Franklin Roosevelt.


Which man was in office when World War II finally ended?

Franklin Roosevelt's health failed during World War II -- war will do that to you -- and he died before the conflict ended. Harry Truman took up the reins and was at the helm when the war ended.


Which president was in office during the 9/11 terror attacks?

On September 11, 2001, terrorists struck the American homeland and changed the course of history.


Which of the following presidents was assassinated?

William McKinley was half a year into his second term and sailing along on a wave of public support. Then a crazed anarchist shot him, and the president died 8 days later.


Which president was assassinated by a man named John Wilkes Booth?

Abraham Lincoln guided the country through the harrowing Civil War. And then he was shot to death just weeks before the conflict ended, thanks to a Southern extremist named John Wilkes Booth.


Which president gained fame for his leadership at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812?

Andrew Jackson was a war hero who was legendary for his courage at the Battle of New Orleans. When he was president, he advocated for the removal of Native Americans from their homelands so that settlers could take over.


Which president reluctantly took America to war during World War I?

Woodrow Wilson wanted nothing to do with the bloody mess that was World War I. But eventually he sent American soldiers overseas, cementing the Allied victory.


Which man was a Civil War hero before becoming president?

Ulysses Grant served as a general in the Union army during the Civil War, and his heroics helped the North beat back the South's uprising. He later became a (pretty bad) president.


Which president died just a month into his term?

William Harrison was 68 years old at his inauguration in 1841. Then he promptly dropped dead from pneumonia, and the rest, as they say, is history.


Which president gave a famous speech called the "Gettysburg Address"?

In late 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave the "Gettysburg Address," a short speech that has echoed through the ages. In it, he lamented the loss of human life in the Civil War but encouraged his countrymen to fight on ... and heal.


Which president was elected during the worst of the Great Depression?

As the Depression ravaged the country, Franklin Roosevelt found himself trying to steer America out of calamity. And then he had to deal with World War II.


Which president was often just called "Teddy"?

Theodore Roosevelt was commonly known as just "Teddy." He really, really hated that nickname.


Which U.S. president was the last to have served in the Civil War?

William McKinley didn't just serve in the Civil War -- he enlisted and then worked his way up through the ranks. After the war, he became a lawyer and was elected to Congress, until finally ascending to the presidency.


Which president was in office during the creation of the interstate highway system?

Dwight Eisenhower took office in the early 1950s and set about creating a sprawling American highway system, primarily meant for defense purposes. The interstate, of course, had huge economic impacts on communities all over the country.


Which president increased the geographical size of America more than any other?

James Polk was president during the Mexican-American War. After America won, it gained New Mexico and California, which added hugely to the country's territorial domain. Then he nabbed much of the Northwest from the British, and a coast-to-coast empire was born.


Which president made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan?

As World War II reached its pivotal climax, Truman was faced with an existential question for the ages: to drop the bomb ... or not? We all know what he decided.


Which president was assassinated in Dallas?

John F. Kennedy was one of America's most popular presidents when he was shot to death in Dallas in 1963. His assassination is often considered a turning point in the history of the country's politics.


Which president was part of the Rough Riders unit that fought Spanish forces in Cuba during the Spanish-American War?

Roosevelt was part human, part superhero, accumulating epic feats throughout his life. In the late 1800s, he gave up his cushy government job to lead the Rough Riders cavalry units against the Spanish.


Before becoming president, which man led America to a rousing victory at the Battle of Yorktown?

In 1781, George Washington led the Continental Army to an incredible victory at the Battle of Yorktown. It was the battle that helped to end the Revolutionary War.


Which president devised a strategy during the infamous Cold War?

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Truman stuck a fork in World War II and then immediately had to figure out how to navigate the Cold War against the Soviets.


Which president almost certainly fathered a baby with one of his slaves?

Like many leaders of his day, Thomas Jefferson had slaves. He also likely had at least one child with a slave named Sally Hemmings.


Which president helped America win the Cold War against the Soviets?

In the 80s, the Cold War was a stalemate between the West and the East, combining political tensions with the threat of nuclear warfare. Ronald Reagan helped America win the Cold War, and the Soviets were never again the same.


Which president signed the paperwork that created NASA?

Dwight Eisenhower presided over a busy time in America. Not only did he have to deal with the Korean War, he built the interstates and also signed on to the concept of NASA, which sent humans to the moon.


Who is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms?

Grover Cleveland is the only man ever to have served two non-consecutive terms as president. He's also considered one of the most honest men ever to serve in the office.


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