Tuesday, February 25, 2020

My Valentine to the Presidents

It is February. Entrepreneurs are all about competition, so while we celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, and enter the 2020 presidential election season in earnest, let’s have some fun and test your knowledge about our past presidents. (Answers are below)

Family Relations
1. Two pairs of father-son presidents.
2. Grandfather and grandson presidents.
3. Distant cousins.
4. Related to 11 presidents by blood or marriage (according to genealogists).

5. First American-born president
6. First president born outside of original 13 states
7. First president born west of the Mississippi
8. Presidents that were adopted
9. First president born in a hospital

Physical Attributes/Age
10. Tallest president
11. Shortest president
12. Youngest president (at time of taking office)
13. Oldest president (at time of taking office)

14. Only bachelor president (never married)
15. Three presidents married while in office
16. Three presidents whose wives died while they were in office
17. First divorced president

18. Only president to have a baby while in office
19. Most children
20. Only president with twins

21. Nine presidents who did not go to college
22. President taught to read and write by his wife
23. First president to hold a doctorate degree

24. An eagle and an elephant
25. A horse named Jeff Davis
26. An alligator and silkworms
27. In addition to multiple dogs, cats and other critters, a bobcat, antelope, lion 
        cubs, a wallaby, a bear and a pygmy hippo

28. Tailor (before presidency)
29. Newspaper editor (before presidency)
30. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (after presidency)

31. First Boy Scout
32. First to ride in a self-propelled vehicle
33. First to travel outside the U.S. on official business
34. First to have electricity in the White House

35. Three presidents who died on July 4
36. Only two presidents to be buried in Arlington Cemetery
37. Longest-lived president at time of death
38. Buried with his head resting on a copy of the Constitution

39. Which president owned more than 80 pairs of pants?
40. Which president, and every member of his immediate family, owned a pair of stilts?
41. What two presidents were arrested together in Vermont for taking a carriage ride on Sunday?
42. Which president played five musical instruments?
43. Which president painted his golf balls black so that he could play in winter?
44. Which president got a speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast on a 
        Washington street?
45. Who was the first president to take the oath of office from a female official?

1. John Adams and John Quincy Adams; George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush
2. William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison (grandson)
3. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt
4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses Grant, William 
        Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, 
        William Taft, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren, and George Washington)
5. Martin Van Buren (born 1782)
6. Abraham Lincoln
7. Herbert Hoover (West Branch, IA)
8. Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton
9. Jimmy Carter
10. Abraham Lincoln (6’4)
11. James Madison (5’4) (Also noted that he never weighed more than 100 lbs.)
12. Theodore Roosevelt (42 when he took office after McKinley’s assassination. 
        JFK was youngest elected – age 43 when inaugurated)
13. Donald Trump (70 at inauguration); Ronald Reagan was oldest when left office (77)
14. James Buchanan
15. Grover Cleveland married for the first time (Frances Folsom, age 21, who had 
        been his legal ward since age 11); John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson 
        (re -married after being widowed)
16. John Tyler, Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson
17. Ronald Reagan
18. Grover Cleveland
19. John Tyler (8 with first wife and 7 with second wife; age 70 at birth of last child)
20. George W. Bush
21. George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard 
        Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman
22. Andrew Johnson
23. Woodrow Wilson
24. James Buchanan
25. Ulysses S. Grant
26. John Quincy Adams
27. Calvin Coolidge
28. Andrew Johnson
29. Warren Harding
30. William Howard Taft
31. John Kennedy
32. William McKinley (sadly, it was an electric ambulance that took him to the hospital 
        after he was shot)
33. Theodore Roosevelt (to Panama to view construction of Panama Canal)
34. Benjamin Harrison (afraid of being electrocuted, he allegedly never 
        touched the switches)
35. John Adams (1826), Thomas Jefferson (1826) and James Monroe (1831)
36. William Howard Taft and John Kennedy
37. George H.W. Bush (94) (Jimmy Carter has surpassed Bush, but is still living)
38. Andrew Johnson
39. Chester A. Arthur
40. Theodore Roosevelt
41. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
42. Richard Nixon
43. Woodrow Wilson
44. Ulysses S. Grant
45. Lyndon Johnson

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