In the United States, Presidents’ Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February. Although only four of our presidents were born during this month, three of America’s most prominent presidents were born in February: George Washington (February 22), Abraham Lincoln (February 12), and Ronald Reagan (February 6). Ironically, the fourth president to have a February birthday, William Henry Harrison, was only in office for 32 days.
How much do you know about the U.S. presidents? See if you can answer the following trivia questions! The correct answers to both sets of questions will follow at the end of this article!
Question Set #1 – George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe:
- Who was the first president to live in the White House?
- Which president’s administration was dubbed “the Era of Good Feelings?”
- Which president is known as the “Father of the Constitution?”
- Who was the only president ever elected by unanimous electoral votes?
- Who was the first president to hold his inauguration in Washington, D.C.?
- Name the first president to have prior service in Congress.
- Which president’s foreign policy emphasized protection of the Western Hemisphere?
- The controversial “Sedition Act” was legislated during which president’s administration?
- Which president wanted to be remembered as the “founder” of his state’s university?
- Which president had no formal education beyond elementary (grammar) school?
Question Set #2 – John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler:
- Name the president that had more children than any other president.
- Which president was the only “former president” to serve in Congress as a U.S. Representative?
- Who served the shortest presidential term (32 days)?
- Which president was a prisoner-of-war during the American Revolution?
- Name the president whose presidential campaign was said to be the first modern-day presidential campaign, complete with slogans and banners.
- Who was the first president to accede to the presidency upon the death of a sitting president?
- Name the first president who was born an American citizen (born after the Revolutionary War).
- Which president is said to have been the most extraordinary diplomat of his time?
- More than any of his predecessors, this president exercised “executive authority” to implement his policies. Name him.
- Who suffered an economic depression during his one-term presidency?
Set #1 Answer Key:
(1. Adams, 2. Monroe, 3. Madison, 4. Washington, 5. Jefferson, 6. Madison, 7. Monroe, 8. Adams, 9. Jefferson, 10. Washington)
Set #2 Answer Key:
(1. Tyler, 2. J.Q. Adams, 3. W. Harrison, 4. Jackson, 5. W. Harrison, 6. Tyler, 7. Van Buren, 8. J.Q. Adams, 9. Jackson, 10. Van Buren)
This lesson from “PRESIDENTS, Politics, and the Process,” copyright by CJHatcher & Associates
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