Duluth.com Presents: A Presidents’ Day Quiz


As you may know, today is Presidents’ Day. But this federal holiday means more than the first great sale of the year. The holiday was originally established in 1885 in observance of George Washington’s birthday, February 22. Today, the holiday celebrates all presidents past and present. Take the Duluth.com Presidents’ Day quiz to test your knowledge on the 44 honorable men who have lead our country.


Question #1: Abraham Lincoln was the only president to be _________.

Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender, co-owning a the Berry-Lincoln Store, a general store and drinking establishment.

Question #2: Which presidential family, including the First Lady, could walk on stilts?

The 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, claimed to be the family to have the most fun in the White House. Almost every member in his family, including the First Lady, owned a pair of wooden stilts. Roosevelt encouraged adventure, while still maintaining order.

Question #3: Harry S Truman’s middle name was ________.

Harry S Truman does not have a middle name, simply the initial S. This is why there is no period following the letter : Harry S Truman.

Question #4: Standing at 5’4″, who was the shortest president?

Question #5: The White House’s most unusual pet belonged to President John Quincy Adams. What was it?

Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette gifted the alligator to President Adams, who lodged the gator in the White House’s unfinished East Room and its nearby bathtub. Sources report that Adams enjoyed showing the scary-looking animal off to disbelieving White House visitors for several months before it moved to a different home. Herbert Hoover's son Allan also had two pet alligator who frequently visited the White House. http://presidentialpetmuseum.com/blog/alligators-in-the-white-house/

Question #6: White House launched its first _____ in 1994, under the presidency of Bill Clinton?

The White House website today offers a plethora of information, from members of the administration to a virtual tour and decor information. www.whitehouse.gov

Question #7: George W. Bush was the leader of which extra curricular activity in high school?

Trying his hand at baseball, George W. Bush was kicked off the field during one game for angering a referee. He was a mediocre athlete, but excelled at cheerleading, stemming from his optimistic disposition and humor. He became his high school's head cheerleader and continued cheerleading into his years at Yale.

Question #8: Ulysses S. Grant received a _________ while riding a horse.

It's true, President Grant was issued a speeding ticket while riding a horse too fast down the streets of Washington. The president was fined $20.

Question #9: Standing at 6’4″, who was the tallest president?

Question #10: In 1992, on whom did President George H. W. Bush vomit?

On January 8, 1992, George H. W. Bush fainted after vomiting on the Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa during a banquet held for 135 diplomats. It was the end of President Bush's 12 day trip throughout Asia, where he later reported he had been suffering from a 24 hour flu bug that evening.

Question #11: What precious White House item did President Warren Harding lose gambling in a game of poker?

President Harding loved to play poker while enjoying cigars and whiskey. He once lost a precious White House china set on one hand of cards.

Question #12: Who was the only president to never marry?

The 15th President, James Buchanan, was the only US president who remained a lifelong bachelor. While the real reason is unclear, there is speculation over his singledom.  One theory was President Buchanan was suffering a broken heart after an engagement to his love Ann Caroline Coleman was ended. Another theory was that President Buchanan was homosexual. A third theory believes he was simply too flirtatious to have a desire to "settle down."

Question #13: President Grover Cleveland was the only president to _______.

Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two non consecutive terms as both the 22nd (1885-1889) and 24th (1893-1897) president.

Question #14: Before Theodore Roosevelt officially coined the name “White House” in 1901, the building was previously known as:

Before being known as the White House, the building had actually been known by all three: President's Palace, President's House, Executive Mansion. It probably had other names too, like "the place the President gets to live."

Question #15: What was Jimmy Carter’s occupation before he became President?

Jimmy Carter, before he became President, was a prosperous peanut farmer in Georgia.