From plantation owners to pecan farmers, from frontiersmen to Hollywood, our Presidents hail from all walks of life! This past Monday we celebrated President’s Day and we at RBI have been learning about Presidents all week. How well do you know your Presidents? Test your knowledge with our President’s Day Trivia Quiz! Match the President with the facts, or the facts with the President and see how you do!
Which President aspired to be a concert violinist, and often entertained guests at the White House with his performances at parties?
Answer: John Tyler. Fun Fact: after the death of his first wife, Tyler remarried. He was the first President to marry while in office and he fathered a total of 15 children. Read more about John Tyler here.
A Toothy Problem:
Which President was famous for dental issues, but never had wooden dentures?
Answer: George Washington, of course! George Washington is legendary for many Americans, but according to the folks at Mount Vernon (now a museum), George never had wooden teeth. Instead, his dentures were made of gold, ivory, lead, and animal teeth. Read more about George’s teeth here.
Which President likes to go fast, and has actually been cited for speeding multiple times?
Answer: Ulysses S. Grant. While many remember Grant for his role in the Civil War, Grant is often remembered in DC lore as a speed demon! He is said to have received multiple citations and even speeding tickets. Read more here and here.
A Shocking Development:
What President was the sitting president when electricity was installed in the White House?
Answer: Benjamin Harrison! In 1891, the White House went electric! At the time, this was such a new development that not many people understood how it worked. In fact, President Harrison was so afraid of being electrocuted that he refused to touch the light switches. Read more here.
What President was the smallest to date?
Answer: James Madison, though known for his part in framing the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and his many contribution to The Federalist Papers, was the smallest US President, weighing in at 122 lbs, and just 5′ 3″ tall! Read about him here.
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What President was a Cheerleader in his youth?
Answer: George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was a cheerleader during his school years. Read more (and see photos!) here.
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Which President of the United States famously taught his pet parrot how to swear?
Answer: Andrew Jackson. Jackson, a President known to cause controversy with his policies during his tenure in office, caused uproar even at his funeral when his pet parrot started swearing. Read more here.
What President was an avid poker player, and even bet the White House china collection?
Answer: Warren G. Harding was known for his games of chance, and yes, even bet –and lost– the White House china collection in a card game. Read more about Harding here.
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Which President used the telephone first as an election vehicle?
Answer: William McKinley. In 1896, the telephone was still a brand new technology, and McKinley’s campaign used it to keep in touch from New York to Ohio to Chicago. Read more here.
Which President funded his first political campaign with poker winnings?
Answer: Richard Nixon. Nixon is best known for Watergate, but before he entered politics, he won about $6,000 from playing poker as an officer in the Navy. He later used his winnings to fund his first congressional campaign. Read more here and here.
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