How much presidential trivia do you know?

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Presidents’ Day is an occasion to honor the nation’s former Commanders-in-Chief. Given the holiday, why not find out how much you know about some of the men who occupied the highest office in the land?

  1. Which presidents visited the birthplace of William Shakespeare together?
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON
  • JOHN ADAMS AND JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
  • JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON
  • JAMES MADISON AND JAMES MONROE
  1. Which president achieved the highest rank during his time serving in the military?
  • ZACHARY TAYLOR
  • ANDREW JACKSON
  • DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON
  1. Andrew Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory” Who earned the monicker “Young Hickory?”
  • JAMES K. POLK
  • ANDREW JACKSON, DURING HIS YOUNGER DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENCY
  • MARTIN VAN BUREN
  • ANDREW JOHNSON
  1. Which president had electricity installed at the White House?
  • CHESTER A. ARTHUR
  • GROVER CLEVELAND
  • WOODROW WILSON
  • BENJAMIN HARRISON
  1. Which president liked golf so much that he painted his golf balls black so he could play in winter?
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY
  • RICHARD NIXON
  • WOODROW WILSON
  • DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
  1. Which president had a bowling lane installed at the White House?
  • RICHARD NIXON
  • JIMMY CARTER
  • LYNDON B. JOHNSON
  • GEORGE H.W. BUSH
  1. Which of the following presidents gambled away the White House china collection?
  • HERBERT HOOVER
  • FRANKLIN PIERCE
  • MILLARD FILLMORE
  • WARREN G. HARDING
  1. Which president was so large he once got stuck in the White House bathtub?
  • CHESTER A. ARTHUR
  • JAMES BUCHANAN
  • WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
  • GROVER CLEVELAND
  1. Which president died in office after consuming milk and a bowl of cherries?
  • ZACHARY TAYLOR
  • FRANKLIN PIERCE
  • MILLARD FILLMORE
  • RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
  1. Which president has been enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?
  • THEODORE ROOSEVELT
  • WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN
  • WARREN G. HARDING
  1. Which president earned a writing credit on a screen play during his time in the White House?
  • WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON
  • FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
  • HARRY S. TRUMAN
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY
  1. Which president owned an amphibious automobile that could run on land and water?
  • RICHARD NIXON
  • HARRY S. TRUMAN
  • JIMMY CARTER
  • LYNDON B. JOHNSON

1. ANSWER: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson visited Stratford-upon-Avon together, and even chipped off a piece of a chair as a souvenir.

2. ANSWER: Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general.
3. ANSWER: James K. Polk was known as “Young Hickory,” as a result of being a protege of Jackson.
4. ANSWER: Benjamin Harrison had electricity installed, then spent the rest of his administration in fear of being electrocuted.
5. ANSWER: Woodrow Wilson. Golf Digest ranked the top 15 presidential golfers in 2009, placing John F. Kennedy at the top of the list.
6. ANSWER: Richard Nixon and his wife had an underground, single-lane bowling alley built because of their love of the game.
7. ANSWER: Warren G. Harding was a chronic and terrible gambler, losing the china collection in a poker game.
8. ANSWER: After the heaviest man ever to hold the presidency, William Howard Taft, got stuck in a White House bathtub, he had a larger one installed.
9. ANSWER: Zachary Taylor contracted cholera from consuming milk and a bowl of cherries that were tainted.
10. ANSWER: Abraham Lincoln participated in hundreds of matches, only losing once.
11. ANSWER: A guest of Franklin D. Roosevelt was a magazine editor who commissioned a book based on the president’s idea of a mystery novel that later became a movie.
12. ANSWER: Lyndon B. Johnson would delight in taking in passengers, pretending to lose control of the vehicle and drive into a lake.

 

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