A quiz to test your knowledge of presidential trivia
1. Which president is considered the father of the U. S. Constitution?
John Quincy Adams
2. Who was the only president to pay off the national debt of the United States?
3. Which president was the first to donate his salary to charity while in office?
George W. Bush
4. Who was the only president to be elected by a unanimous vote of the Electoral College?
5. Who was the only president to be elected to two nonconsecurive terms?
Martin Van Buren
6. Which president was also the first vice president to temporarily serve as acting president under the 25th Amendment?
George H.W. Bush
7. Which president served the shortest term in office?
8. Which president served the longest term in office?
9. Which president did William Seward serve under at the time he initiated the purchase of the Alaska territory?
10. Which president attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy aboard submarines?
George H.W. Bush
11. Who was the only president to serve in office with a musket ball in his shoulder?
12. Who was the first president to have his photo taken at the White House, while in office?
John Quincy Adams
13. Which president and some of his cabinet helped fight the fire that destroyed two-thirds of the Library of Congress in 1851?
14. Which president created the Environmental Protection Agency?
15. Which president led the effort to create the League of Nations, the predecessor of the United Nations?
16. Who was the first sitting president to visit the West Coast?
17. Who was the first president to hold a news conference in the White House, as well as the first to appear on color television?
18. Who is the only president to be named a Rhodes Scholar?
1. James Madison is referred to as the father of the U.S. Constitution because of his writings and fervent devotion to the document’s ratification.
2. Andrew Jackson was the only president to pay off the national debt of the United States.
3. Herbert Hoover was the first of two presidents to donate his salary to charity. John Kennedy was the other.
4. George Washington was the only president to be elected by a unanimous vote of the Electoral College.
5. Grover Cleveland was the only president to be elected to two nonconsecutive terms. He was elected first in 1884 and then again in 1892.
6. While serving as vice president to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush was acting president for nearly eight hours while President Reagan underwent surgery on July 13, 1985.
7. William Harrison served the shortest term. He died only one month after taking office.
8. Franklin Roosevelt served the longest term in office. He was elected four times and held office for 12 years, 42 days.
9. Secretary of State William Seward purchased the Alaska territory while a member of President Andrew Johnson’s cabinet.
10. Jimmy Carter graduated the U.S. Naval Academy and served aboard submarines from 1948 to 1952.
11. James Monroe was wounded in the shoulder at the Battle of Trenton in 1776. The musket ball was never removed.
12. James Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken at the White House, while in office.
13. According to recent research by scholar Catherine Parisian, Millard Fillmore and members of his cabinet helped fight the fire that destroyed two-thirds of the Library of Congress in 1851.
14. Richard Nixon created the Environ-mental Protection Agency in 1970.
15. Woodrow Wilson led the effort to create the League of Nations, in large part because he believed it would help divert another world war. Regrettably, it did not achieve that end.
16. In 1880, Rutherford Hayes was the first sitting president to visit the West Coast.
17. Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to hold a news conference in the White House and the first to appear on color television.
18. Bill Clinton is the only president who was a Rhodes Scholar.
There are many excellent websites with information about American presidents, including those maintained by the presidential libraries and National Archives. Two other websites used for this quiz were http://www.millercenter.org/president and http://www.ourwhitehouse.org/presfacts.html.