The Forgotten U.S. Presidents Quiz
by Staff
If you need to know your Taylor from your Tyler and your William Henry from your Benjamin, you're in luck. Take our Forgotten U.S. Presidents quiz to impress people at cocktail parties with facts about our bygone bosses.

There's more than one way to define "forgotten." And "president," turns out -- name the man who some claim is the REAL first president of the United States.

  • John Hanson
  • John Jay
  • Samuel Adams

Why does that make some folks claim him as the first president?

  • It was after Washington usurped him in a coup that he became president.
  • He was the first to serve under the Articles of the Confederation.
  • He was the one who decided to change the name to the United States.

So he really WAS the first president of the United States?

  • yes
  • no
  • yes, but only recognized in his home state of Maryland

How many people held the office of president from 1781-1789, before the United States Constitution was ratified and Washington elected?

  • one
  • seven
  • 10

What was another -- more famous -- president, from 1785-1786?

  • John Adams
  • John Hancock
  • Aaron Burr

Let's move on to real, elected -- yet still forgettable --presidents of the United States. Which Harrison served as the president?

  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William Henry Harrison
  • both

Who was the elder Harrison?

  • Benjamin
  • William Henry
  • They were twins!

How were the Harrisons related?

  • William Henry was Benjamin's grandfather.
  • They weren't.
  • William Henry was Benjamin's great-uncle.

WH Harrison has the distinction of being the president with the shortest:

  • height
  • temper
  • term

Benjamin Harrison beat out what other not-so-memorable president to win office?

  • John Tyler
  • James K. Polk
  • Grover Cleveland

Who defeated Harrison after his first term?

  • Grover Cleveland
  • William Buchanan
  • James Madison

Grover Cleveland was elected to what other office before president?

  • federal judge
  • district attorney
  • sheriff

Who was James Buchanan famous for marrying?

  • a dancer
  • a British duchess
  • nobody

What is one of Buchanan's defining legacies?

  • trying to get rid of the Supreme Court
  • eating a suspicious amount of pie
  • being unable to stop the rising secessionist feelings that led to the Civil War.

James Garfield died after how many days as president?

  • 54
  • 200
  • 980

Who replaced Garfield?

  • Millard Fillmore
  • Chester Arthur
  • Rutherford B. Hayes

Which president -- who supported the Fugitive Slave Act, among other things -- found himself on the wrong side of civil rights history?

  • Franklin Pierce
  • Millard Fillmore
  • James Garfield

Zachary Taylor was elected to office based on his service as a general in what war:

  • Mexican-American
  • Spanish-American
  • the Civil War

Taylor died in office from what:

  • a sudden stomach illness
  • an assassin
  • a dog bite

Who became president upon Taylor's death?

  • Millard Fillmore
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Andrew Jackson

Rutherford B. Hayes ran for president as a:

  • Democrat
  • Republican
  • Whig

Martin Van Buren was given what sad nickname?

  • Mutton Van Burenchops
  • Martin Van Boring
  • Martin Van Ruin

John Tyler was so unpopular that what happened?

  • All but one of his Cabinet members resigned.
  • He was kicked out of his own party.
  • both

William McKinley left office after:

  • retiring after his first term
  • being assassinated
  • being impeached

Who took office after McKinley's assassination?

  • James K. Polk
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Theodore Roosevelt

What does the G stand for in Warren G. Harding?

  • Garry
  • Gamaliel
  • Gerald

Harding left office due to what?

  • his death
  • a corruption scandal
  • impeachment

After Harding's death, what emerged?

  • several corruption scandals in his administration
  • an illegitimate daughter
  • both

Which president married while in the White House?

  • James K. Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Grover Cleveland

What presidents are named in "The Mediocre Presidents" song from "The Simpsons?"

  • Polk, Harding, Tyler and Hayes
  • Taylor, Tyler, Fillmore, Hayes, William Henry Harrison
  • Taylor, Tyler and Benjamin Harrison