Seen on ABC7: Presidential Trivia
NEW YORK -- How well do you know your presidential history?
Monday is Presidents' Day, so check out these trivia questions that are all geared around former U.S. commanders-in-chief! After seeing all of the questions, scroll below to check to see if your answers were correct!
- Question 1: Who was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.?
- Question 2: At only 5'4" and 100 pounds, who was the smallest president?
- Question 3: Who is the only president since William Taft NOT to throw out a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game?
- Question 4: Who was the first president to visit all 50 states?
- Question 5: Who was the oldest president elected?
- National Geographic: Who Knew? U.S. Presidential Trivia
- Infoplease: Presidental Trivia
- Fact Monster: Presidential Factfile
- Chicago Tribune: Presidents Quiz
- Answer 1:
Thomas Jefferson(1801-09) was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C. James Monroe (1817-25) had the first outdoor inauguration. James K. Polk's inauguration (1845-49) was the first to be recounted to the nation via telegraph, and Calvin Coolidge's (1823-29) was the first broadcast by radio and Harry Truman (1945-53) made the first televised inaugural address.
- Answer 2:
The smallest president was James Madison (1809-17). The tallest President was Abraham Lincoln (1861-65). He stood 6 feet, 4 inches (193 centimeters) tall. The heaviest president was William Howard Taft (1909-13), who sometimes tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms) during his tenure. After he became stuck in the White House bathtub, Taft ordered a new one installed. The replacement was big enough to hold four grown men of average size.
- Answer 3:
Jimmy Carter (1977-81) was the only president not to open at least one MLB season during the tenure after Taft (1909-13) started the tradition on April 4, 1910, during an opening game between the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics. Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) was the first president to attend a MLB game when he saw the Senators fall to the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on June 6, 1892.
- Answer 4:
Richard Nixon (1969-74) was the first president to visit all 50 states. Teddy Roosevelt (1901-09) was the first president to travel abroad while in office. He visited the Panama Canal in 1906. In 1943 Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) made the first presidential flight.
- Answer 5:
The oldest president ever elected was Ronald Reagan (1981-89). The 40th President took office at the age of 69. The youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy (1961-63), who reached the White House at 43. But the youngest president to ever serve was Theodore Roosevelt, who was elected vice president on a ticket with President William McKinley (1897-1901). In September 1901 a deranged anarchist shot McKinley twice in Buffalo, N.Y., and Roosevelt assumed the top office at 42.</li
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