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.
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, 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?
What was another -- more famous -- president, from 1785-1786?
Let's move on to real, elected -- yet still forgettable --presidents of the United States. Which Harrison served as the president?
William Henry Harrison
Who was the elder Harrison?
They were twins!
How were the Harrisons related?
William Henry was Benjamin's grandfather.
William Henry was Benjamin's great-uncle.
WH Harrison has the distinction of being the president with the shortest:
Benjamin Harrison beat out what other not-so-memorable president to win office?
James K. Polk
Who defeated Harrison after his first term?
Grover Cleveland was elected to what other office before president?
Who was James Buchanan famous for marrying?
a British duchess
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?
Who replaced Garfield?
Rutherford B. Hayes
Which president -- who supported the Fugitive Slave Act, among other things -- found himself on the wrong side of civil rights history?
Zachary Taylor was elected to office based on his service as a general in what war:
the Civil War
Taylor died in office from what:
a sudden stomach illness
a dog bite
Who became president upon Taylor's death?
Rutherford B. Hayes ran for president as a:
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.
William McKinley left office after:
retiring after his first term
Who took office after McKinley's assassination?
James K. Polk
Warren G. Harding
What does the G stand for in Warren G. Harding?
Harding left office due to what?
a corruption scandal
After Harding's death, what emerged?
several corruption scandals in his administration
an illegitimate daughter
Which president married while in the White House?
James K. Polk
What presidents are named in "The Mediocre Presidents" song from "The Simpsons?"
Polk, Harding, Tyler and Hayes
Taylor, Tyler, Fillmore, Hayes, William Henry Harrison