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wWednesday, March 05, 2003

Matt's Presidential History Quiz: Answers

1. Who is the only President in the past 50 years to not go to war?
Jimmy Carter

2. Who has the record for the number of separate military engagements?
Bill Clinton

3. Who was the only President to run unopposed (besides Washington, who didn't "run")?
James Monroe

4. Which President is believed by most scholars to have been gay?
James Buchanan

5. Served the shortest time in office - barely a month.
William Henry Harrison

6. My favorite President.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

7. "The factions soon agreed, he's just the man we need, to bring about victory."
James K. Polk

8. He was the only one of the first five presidents to not own slaves at any point in his life.
John Adams

9. The only Southern Senator to side with the North during the Civil War.
Andrew Johnson

10. He was so fat that the White House had to install a new bathtub for him to use.
William Howard Taft

11. The War of 1812 was also known as "Mr. _____'s War".
James Madison

12. As President, he expanded the Vietnam War into Cambodia, a secret war without congressional approval, which resulted in the meaningless deaths of millions of innocent civilians.
Richard Nixon

13. His major claim to fame would be as a plot point in "Die Hard: With a Vengeance".
Chester A. Arthur

14. Tennessee politician who won the popular vote but lost the election to the son of a former president. Hmmm.
Andrew Jackson

15. The first and only president with a PhD.
Woodrow Wilson

16. He's from Abilene, Kansas - who wants to go visit the Library with me?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

17. Shares a name with a furry blue muppet on Sesame Street.
Grover Cleveland

18. And he's a cat.
James Garfield

19. Father of the University of Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson

20. The stock market crashed his first year in office, and he got to preside over the first 3 years of the Great Depression.
Herbert Hoover

21. That stupid duck cartoon is named after him.
Millard Fillmore

22. "I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president."
Lyndon Johnson

23. Alright, I can think of nothing interesting about Rutherford B. Hayes, so this one's a gimme.
Rutherford B. Hayes

24. Campaign slogan: "Tippecanoe And _____ Too"
John Tyler

25. Karl Rove's role model for George W. Bush during the primary campaign.
William McKinley

26. I'm a little Teapot Dome Scandal, short and stout.
Warren G. Harding

27. Known as "Young Hickory"
Franklin Pierce

28. Starred in "Bedtime for Bonzo".
Ronald Reagan

29. The "Little Magician" who presided over the first Depression.
Martin van Buren

30. The last President who didn't have a college degree.
Harry S Truman

31. Former director of the C.I.A.
George H. W. Bush

32. The meat in the Grover Cleveland sandwich.
Benjamin Harrison

33. "If McClellan is not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a while."
Abraham Lincoln

34. The Accidental President
Gerald Ford

35. "Silent Cal" (Ok, the guy didn't say or do much of anything, so that's all I have.)
Calvin Coolidge

36. Functionally Illiterate Mexican War Hero
Zachary Taylor

37. Was shot while campaigning for President AND GAVE THE SPEECH BEFORE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. I mean, Geez.
Teddy Roosevelt

38. Was elected by the U.S. House of Representatives after Henry Clay withdrew and threw him his support. Later appointed Clay to be Secretary of State. Insisted there was no connection.
John Q. Adams

39. Served in the national guard during the Vietnam War and went AWOL for a year.
George W. Bush

40. Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?
Ulysses S. Grant

41. "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."
John F. Kennedy

42. Died from bleeding to death, because his doctor was bleeding him to cure a cold that he'd caught while fleeing his mistress's house through the window in his underwear when her husband came home.
George Washington

So, was it good for you?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:04 AM

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