Presidential Trivia Answers

1.  There have been 44 individuals who have served as US President.

False.  Although President Obama is the 44 th president,  Grover Cleveland was elected twice for non-consectutive terms so is both our 22 and 24th president.

2.   Which one of the following was one of the 8 Presidents who never attended college?

Millard Fillmore.  The other 7 were Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Lincoln, A. Johnson, and Cleveland.   President Fillmore refused an honorary degree from Oxford University because he felt he had "neither literary nor scientific attainment." 

3.    Who was the youngest man to serve as President?

JFK was the youngest president  inaugurated at age 43; however Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when he assumed office following the assassination of William McKinley. 

4.    Which President's death in office was considered by many to be a result of medical malpractice rather than assassination?

James Garfield.  Doctors repeatedly probed for the bullet with non-sterile instruments and unwashed fingers, the president died of  blood poisoning 80 days later.

5.    Which president had the shortest term in office?

William Henry Harrison delivered the longest inaugural address at 105 minutes. He did not wear an overcoat or hat and afterwards developed pneumonia and died in the White House exactly one month after giving his speech, on April 4.

6.     During whose administration was the 16th Amendment authorizing income tax ratified?

William Howard Taft.  It states simply: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

7.    Besides JFK, who is the only other president buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

William Howard Taft.

8.     Which president uttered "read my lips"?

George H. W. Bush.  The rest of the sentence was "no new taxes."  This was the most proimnent sound bite delivered by the president when he accepted the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention. 

9.     Which president stated "the buck stops here"?

Harry S. Truman.   He kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the fact that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. Truman received the sign as a gift from a prison warden who was also an avid poker player