How Much Do You Know About U.S. Presidents?

Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

Our commanders in chief have led interesting lives and achieved great things. Take this quiz and find out just how much you know about our nation's leaders.

Which president is said to have had wooden teeth?

Actually, Washington's falsies really weren't wooden. They were animal teeth.

Which president was a former actor?

Reagan starred in several movies before becoming the governor of California. At the time of his election, he was the oldest to serve as president. Donald Trump has since become the oldest to take the oath of office.

Which president had a cursing parrot?

It is said that the parrot could not attend Jackson's funeral because it wouldn't be quiet.

Many first families have a pet dog or cat, but William Henry Harrison had a pet ____.

It is rumored that he also had a cow living at the White House.

Which president was the founder of the University of Virginia?

The University of Virginia was founded in 1819. It was built on an abandoned farmer's field.

James Madison graduated from which Ivy League college?

Madison earned both his undergrad and graduate degree at Princeton. He was the institution's very first grad student.

Who was the only president to be unanimously elected?

Washington served as president from 1789 to 1797.

Which president is said to have been an accomplished violinist?

If he hadn't been president, his dream was to play in concert.

Which president promised to never run for a second term?

Polk kept his promise and did not seek a second term. He secured the Oregon Territory for the U.S.

Which president had the nickname Old Rough and Ready?

Taylor got the nickname while commanding troops in the Seminole War. He died during his term as president.

Which president married his teacher?

Abigail Fillmore was a couple of years older than Millard. He waited to marry her until he was established in his career.

Which president wasn't sworn in on a Bible?

Franklin Pierce was sworn in on a law book. He chose to "affirm" rather than "swear." This was due to the fact that he thought the death of his son was punishment for his past sins.

Which president did not bring a wife to the White House?

James Buchanan single when he was president. In fact, he remained a bachelor all of his life.

Which president was noticeably intoxicated during an inaugural speech?

We hear he really liked his whisky. He was intoxicated during his inauguration as vice president, under Abraham Lincoln. Johnson would become president less than two months later, following the assassination of Lincoln.

Which president enforced his teetotaling within the White House?

Hayes is said to have banned alcohol to appease Prohibitionists. His wife was known as "Lemonade Lucy."

Which president was ambidextrous?

Garfield was also said to be able to write in both Greek and Latin.

Which president was married to the youngest first lady in history?

Grover Cleveland's wife was not his ward, as some people believe. She was the daughter of his friend, who died in an accident. Cleveland and Frances Clara Folsom married when she was 21.

Which president was in office when the White House was wired for electricity?

It is said that Harrison was actually a bit afraid of the electrical functions of the White House. He was afraid he'd be electrocuted, so he avoided touching anything.

Which president had part of his jaw removed?

Cancer forced the removal of much of Cleveland's upper jaw. The artificial jaw was made of rubber. The secret surgery was performed on a yacht!

Which president was first to incorporate the telephone into his campaign?

Now we know when those annoying calls began! This was way back in 1896.

Which president suffered from asthma since he was a boy?

Roosevelt used exercise as a way to strengthen his lungs, with encouragement from his father.

Which president served as the head of two branches of government?

William Taft served as head of the Supreme Court after he left the presidency.

Who was the only president to hold a Ph.D.?

Woodrow Wilson earned degrees in Political Science and History from Johns Hopkins University. He didn't learn to read until the age of 10, probably due to dyslexia.

Which president is said to have gambled away the White House china?

No, that's not code for anything; he really did gamble and lose the White House china. He clearly wasn't very good at poker.

Which president was fluent in Mandarin Chinese?

Herbert Hoover and his wife learned Chinese while living in China. They lived in Tianjin for two years, while he was employed as a mining engineer.

Which president's father burned him on his Harvard application?

JFK's father wrote that he was "careless." Not a glowing recommendation.

Which president considered the loo an appropriate place to conduct business?

Ummm... waste not, want not!

Which president funded his first congressional campaign with poker winnings?

Richard Nixon was said to be quite the card shark.

Which president dabbled in modeling?

Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, both did stints as models. Betty was signed by the John Robert Powers agency.

Which president was a peanut farmer?

Carter placed the family peanut farm in a blind trust while he was in the White House.

Which president won two Grammy Awards?

Bill Clinton won Grammys for Best Spoken Word. Hillary also won a Spoken Word Grammy.

Which president was a cheerleader in high school?

W was his high school's head cheerleader. He also played on the baseball team.

Which president collected comic books?

Obama is said to have a preference for Spiderman and Conan The Barbarian.

Which president was invited to join the KKK?

There is some debate as to whether or not he actually joined, but he definitely never participated. Bonus fact: The "S" in Harry S. Truman doesn't stand for anything, leading to some controversy over the use of a period following the letter.

Which president held a job as a hangman?

Hangman duty was part of Cleveland's job as the sheriff of Erie County, New York.

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