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wTuesday, March 04, 2003

Matt's Presidential History Quiz

I just thought I'd see what y'all know about the institution Bush is destroying. No fair using the web to cheat. Answers will be posted tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

6. My favorite President.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

15. The first and only president with a PhD.

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

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

18. And he's a cat.

19. Father of the University of Virginia.

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

21. That stupid duck cartoon is named after him.

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

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

24. Campaign slogan: "Tippecanoe And _____ Too"

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

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

27. Known as "Young Hickory"

28. Starred in "Bedtime for Bonzo".

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

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

31. Former director of the C.I.A.

32. The meat in the Grover Cleveland sandwich.

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

34. The Accidental President

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

36. Functionally Illiterate Mexican War Hero

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

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.

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

40. Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?

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."

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.

Answers will be posted tomorrow. Obviously there's one President per Question, and one Question per President. If you'd like a more detailed explanation on any of these, just ask.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:05 PM

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