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A Presidents’ Day Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
February 18, 2013

Oval-Office-Quiz-2012-02-16 The Oval Office in the White House in Washington (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters).

Happy Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its second Presidents’ Day quiz. You can find the answers at the bottom of the post. By all means, if you have your own presidential trivia questions, please post them in the comments section so everyone can take a crack at answering them. And if you are feeling up to it, you can try last year’s presidential trivia quiz.

1) Who was the first president to travel abroad while in office?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: James Monroe
C: Theodore Roosevelt
D: Woodrow Wilson

2) How many presidents were left-handed?
A: 5
B: 8
C: 13
D: 16

3) Which president began the tradition of delivering the first pitch of the baseball season?
A: James Garfield
B: Andrew Johnson
C: William McKinley
D: William Howard Taft

4) Who was the first president to visit all fifty states while in office?
A: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
B: John F. Kennedy
C: Richard Nixon
D: Jimmy Carter

5) How many presidents survived assassination attempts while in office?
A: 3
B: 6
C: 7
D: 10

6) John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on July 4. Who was the only president to have been born on July 4?
A: Calvin Coolidge
B. Herbert Hoover
C. Harry Truman
D: Dwight Eisenhower

7) Which president fathered the most children?
A: William Henry Harrison
B: John Tyler
C: James Garfield
D: Teddy Roosevelt

8) How many states have never had a native become president?
A: 13
B: 30
C: 33
D: 37

9) How many presidents never attended college?
A: 2
B: 5
C: 7
D: 9

10) Which presidential wife was the first to be called a “first lady”?
A: Abigail Adams
B: Margaret Taylor
C: Lucy Hayes
D: Eleanor Roosevelt

Bonus: How many commercial airports in the United States are named after a president?
A: 4
B: 5
C: 6
D: 7



1) C. Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to leave the country while in office when he went to see the building of the Panama Canal in 1906.
2) B. Presidents Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama are left-handed.
3) D. Taft threw out the first pitch of the 1910 season at a game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics. Since then, Jimmy Carter is the only president never to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to open a baseball season.
4) C. In 1971, Nixon visited his fiftieth state when he met Republican fundraisers in Delaware.
5) B. Presidents Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Ford, and Reagan all survived assassination attempts while in office.
6) A. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
7) B. John Tyler fathered fifteen children.
8) B. Just twenty states produced all forty-three presidents. Virginia is home to the highest number of presidents, with eight.
9) D. Presidents Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman never attended college.
10) C. Lucy Hayes was the first wife of a president to be called a “first lady.” She was also the first presidential spouse who was a college graduate.
Bonus: D. Commercial airports named after presidents include Abraham Lincoln Capital (Springfield, IL), Dickinson-Theodore Roosevelt Regional (Dickinson, ND), John F. Kennedy International (New York, NY), Gerald R. Ford International (Grand Rapids, MI), Ronald Reagan Washington National (Washington, DC), George Bush Intercontinental (Houston, TX), and Bill and Hillary Clinton National (Little Rock, AR). General aviation airports named after presidents include John F. Kennedy Memorial (Ashland, WI) and Jimmy Carter Regional (Americus, GA).

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  • Posted by Felipe de Ortego y Gasca

    Which President served two non-consecutive terms?

    Grover Cleveland

  • Posted by tee gee

    I’m Looking for an answer to a somewhat stupid but maybe interesting question if someone can please answer. I don’t know where i can find information.
    Q. Does the President of the United States have to rehire his cabinet members as in Secretary of State, Defense…etc when he wins re-election? Is it mandatory or just an informal gesture?

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