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Whitman County Library Presidents Trivia Question

1) How many 1 term Presidents have there been? 
2) Which United States President served the shortest time in office? 
3) Which President was the only President too have never been affiliated with any political party? 
4) Who are the only two Presidents to a son also serve as President? 
5) How many Presidents graduated from West Point? 
6) Who was the only President to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College? 
7) He was the first President to experience an assignation attempt. 
8) The image of this President (the smallest President in U.S. History) was used on a series of 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve notes. 
9) This President is considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. 
10) In 1820 he was the only Presidential candidate in history (other than George Washington) to run unopposed. 
11) He was the first United States President who was not born a British subject prior to the Declaration of Independence.  His first language was not English but Dutch. 
12) This in the only President whose grandson was also elected President.
13) He was the first President to wed in the White House and had more children than any other U.S. President.
14) He was President when the first United States Postage Stamp was issued. 
15) Due to his three-decade military career, prior to his election this President was known by the nickname, “Old Rough and Ready”. 
16) He was the only President to have married a teacher who had taught him in high school. 
17) This President’s daughter, Sara Knox, was the wife of Jefferson Davis the future first President of the Confederacy. 
18) He was President when California was granted statehood in the “Compromise of 1850”.
19) On the way to his inauguration, this President’s 11-year-old son was killed in a tragic accident when the rail car they were riding in derailed. 
20) He was the only bachelor President of the United States as well as the last President born in the 18th century. 
21) This President’s 1863 address is the best known and most highly regarded speech in American history. 
22) He was the only incumbent President of the United States to have his bid for re-nomination rejected by his own political party. 
23) He was the first President of the United States to be impeached. 
24) This President’s inauguration was the first to photographed. 
25) He was the only United States President to hold a patent. 
26) He was President when Yellowstone became America’s first National Park. 
27) This President won the closest Presidential election in U.S. history by just a single vote. 
28) He is best known for being the only United States President to serve two non-consecutive terms. 
29) This President liked that his initials spelled “U.S.”
30) He was the second President of the United States to be assassinated. 
31) This President was the grandson of the President known for serving the shortest term. 
32) He was the third President of the United States to be assassinated.
33) He was the youngest Man to assume the office of President of the United States. 
34) He was President when World War I began. 
35) He was the first President to throw a ceremonial first pitch at a major league baseball game. 
36) He is the only President to date to be born on the 4th of July. 
37) This President has no middle name only the initial “S.”. 
38) He was the first President to be born west of the Mississippi. 
39) He was the only President to serve in the United States Army during both WWI and WWII. 
40) He is best remembered as being the only President never elected to that office nor to the office of Vice President. 
41) This President’s approval rating soared to a whopping 89% during “Operation Dessert Storm”. 
42) This President was the first Democrat to be elected to two consecutive terms since FDR. 
43) This President was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. but changed his name in 1935. 
44) He was just the second son of a President to be elected to office. 
45) He is the oldest person to be elected President of the United States. 


1) 11 Total – John Adams, Martin Van Buren, James Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William Taft, Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, & George H.W. Bush  
2) William Henry Harrison.  (President #9) He gave a two-hour inaugural address in the rain without a coat and died 31 days later of pneumonia.  
3) George Washington 
4) John Adams (John Quincy Adams) and George H.W. Bush (George W. Bush)
5) 3 Total – Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight Eisenhower and Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederate States of America).
6) George Washington
7) Andrew Jackson (President #7) Two pistols were wielded by the would-be assassin but both misfired.  
8) James Madison (President #4) He weighed less than 100 lbs. was just 5’4” tall.  
9) Thomas Jefferson.  (President #3) The committee consisted of Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman but in the end the committee decided to entrust Jefferson alone with the final draft.  
10) James Monroe (President #5) He received all but one Electoral Vote.  
11) Martin Van Buren (President #8)  
12) William Henry Harrison (President #9) His grandson Benjamin Harrison was elected in 1888.  
13) John Tyler (President #10) He had eight children with his first wife and seven children with his second wife.   
14) James K. Polk (President #11)  
15) Zachary Taylor (President #12) He was a military hero from the War of 1812 through the Mexican War.  
16) Millard Fillmore (President #13) His wife Abigail Powers Fillmore was two years older.
17) Zachary Taylor (President #12) Sarah and Jefferson married in 1835 but she died three months later from malaria.  
18) Milliard Fillmore (President #13)    
19) Franklin Pierce (President #14) Franklin and his wife Jane had three sons.  None of whom survived to adulthood.   
20) James Buchanan (President #15) His niece Harriet Rebecca “Hal” Lane Johnston, the daughter of his sister, served in the role of First Lady.  
21) Abraham Lincoln (President #16)
22) Franklin Pierce (President #14) Instead they nominated James Buchanan (President #15)
23) Andrew Johnson (President #17) 
24) James Buchanan (President #15) The photo taken in 1857 is now in the Library of Congress.  
25) Abraham Lincoln (President #16) He invented a flotation device for steamboats.  
26) Ulysses S. Grant (President #18)  
27) Rutherford B. Hayes (President #19) Having received a minority of both popular vote and uncontested electoral votes the matter was decided in the U.S. House of Representatives.  
28) Grover Cleveland (President #22) He served from 1885-1889 and again from 1893-1897.  
29) Ulysses S. Grant (President #18)  
30) James A. Garfield.  (President #20) Four months into his Presidency he was shot by Charles Guiteau.  Guiteau was disgruntled because he had contacted the President several times seeking a government job and had received no response.  
31) Benjamin Harrison (President #23) 
32) William McKinley (President #25) He was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.  Czolgosz received a speedy trial and was executed six weeks after McKinley’s death.
33) Theodore Roosevelt (President #26) He was 42 years old when he assumed the office after the assassination of William McKinley (President #25)  J.F.K is the youngest man to be ELECTED President at the age of 43.  
34) Woodrow Wilson (President #28)  
35) William H. Taft (President #27) Taft is most remembered for being the largest President weighing in at 335 pounds.  
36) Calvin Coolidge (President #30) Born July 04, 1872.
37) Harry S. Truman (President #33) He was also the only twentieth century United States President to have never earned a college degree.  
38) Herbert Hoover (President #31) He was born in West Branch, Iowa.  
39) Dwight D. Eisenhower (President #34) 
40) Gerald R. Ford (President #38) After the resignation of Spiro Agnew Ford was sworn in as the new Vice President and after the resignation of Richard Nixon he was sworn in as President.  
41) George H.W. Bush (President #41)  
42) William “Bill” J. Clinton (President 42) 
43) Gerald R. Ford (President #38) His parents were divorced shortly after his birth and in 1916 his mother remarried a man named Gerald Rudolph Ford.  President Ford spelled his adopted name slightly differently.  
44) George W. Bush (President #43)
45) Donald J. Trump (President #45) He was 70 years old beating out Ronald Reagan’s (President #40) old record who was elected at the age of 69.  

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