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The US Presidential History Quiz
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How much do you know about the 43 men who have led the United States? Take this quiz to find out.

Who had the shortest presidency?

  • William Henry Harrison
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • William McKinley

Who was the first president to die in office?

  • Warren G. Harding
  • James Garfield
  • William Henry Harrison

Who was the only unmarried president?

  • John Tyler
  • James Buchanan
  • Franklin Pierce

Which of the following is NOT the name of a presidential scandal?

  • the Petticoat affair
  • the Teapot Dome scandal
  • the War Chest episode

There are two father/son sets who have been president. The Bushes are one. Which is the other?

  • John Adams and John Quincy Adams
  • William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison
  • Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt

George H.W. Bush and this former president were the only two sitting vice presidents to be elected president.

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Martin Van Buren
  • Herbert Hoover

Who was the only president to have gotten divorced?

  • Richard Nixon
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Gerald Ford

Which president had the most children?

  • Zachary Taylor
  • George Washington
  • John Tyler

The only two presidents to have been impeached are Bill Clinton and who else?

  • Martin Van Buren
  • Richard Nixon
  • Andrew Johnson

Why was Andrew Johnson impeached?

  • violation of the Tenure of Office Act
  • defying the Treaty of Paris
  • being a Radical Republican

These two presidents were second cousins.

  • George Washington and James Monroe
  • Franklin Pierce and James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor and James Madison

Who was president during the stock market crash of 1929?

  • Herbert Hoover
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Warren G. Harding

Who was the only ex-president to become a Supreme Court justice?

  • Millard Fillmore
  • William H. Taft
  • James Polk

Who served nine terms as a congressional representative after his presidency?

  • John Quincy Adams
  • William H. Taft
  • Andrew Jackson

Who's the only president to hold a doctorate?

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Bill Clinton
  • Woodrow Wilson

Who was the youngest elected president?

  • Barack Obama
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Zachary Taylor

Who was the youngest president to be in office?

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin Pierce

This president was a congressman, senator, governor and vice president before he became president.

  • James Buchanan
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Harry Truman

John F. Kennedy and this ex-president are the only two to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • William H. Taft
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

How many presidents have been assassinated in office?

  • two
  • four
  • six

How many presidents have survived an assassination attempt while in office?

  • three
  • five
  • nine

How many of those survivors were wounded in the attempt?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Who was the oldest president at the time of election?

  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Ronald Reagan

Who was the shortest president?

  • James Madison
  • Richard Nixon
  • Rutherford B. Hayes

Who was the heaviest president?

  • William H. Taft
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Millard Fillmore

Who was the tallest president?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Thomas Jefferson

These ex-presidents died on the same day.

  • Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Johnson
  • Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Which president was re-elected after admitting to having had a child out of wedlock?

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Thomas Jefferson

Who was known as "Old Rough and Ready"?

  • Zachary Taylor
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Andrew Jackson

Who was the only president to get married in the White House?

  • Grover Cleveland
  • John Tyler
  • Woodrow Wilson