In school, we were generally taught that all U.S. presidents shared certain core ideals: Freedom, of course, and honesty, and courage. Were things really that simple? Did George Washington really say "I cannot tell a lie"? Was Abe Lincoln always honest?
The truth is a little more complex. Presidential scholars quickly come to realize that the 45 men who have led our nation were distinct individuals, with different formative experiences, and therefore different values. Abraham Lincoln probably had to tell a lie now and then, but we can safely say he felt differently about honesty than Richard Nixon. Some presidents loved a good fight (we're looking at you, Andrew Jackson) and others believed that "a soft word turneth away wrath." Jimmy Carter, who negotiated the difficult Camp David peace accords, would fit in this camp. Some were deeply family-oriented, while others lived for their work and had little time for family matters, even before they were elected to the highest office in the land.
If you've ever wondered how your personal values would stack up against those of our famous, well-loved presidents, we've got a quiz for you. Answer some questions about your personal preference and habits, and resolve a few moral dilemmas, and we'll match you up with a historical president who shares your values. Have fun!