Danielle Groeneweg

President’s Day Trivia

Anyone else a history buff? I thought it might be fun to do a little bit of presidential trivia with President’s Day right around the corner.

Here are just a few of the questions that Reader’s Digest asks in its article, ” U.S. Presidential Trivia Questions Everyone Gets Wrong” by Morgan Cutolo.

To read the full article click here.


The White House in Washington DC, closeup of southern facadeLUX BLUE/SHUTTERSTOCK

What does the “S” in Harry S. Truman’s name stand for?

Hmmm, what are names that start with the letter S?

This 1948 portrait of Harry S. Truman at his White House office deskAP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Answer: Nothing

The S in President Truman’s name is actually a compromise his parents made between both of his grandfather’s names, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. There is still controversy today about whether there should be a period after the S.

The White House, Washington DCTURTIX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Did every president live in the White House?

Two options: Yes or no?

George Washington. Print showing George Washington, standing in front of a chair with right arm extended toward a table on the left and holding a sword in left hand.UNIVERSAL HISTORY ARCHIVE/SHUTTERSTOCK

Answer: No

Not every U.S. president lived in the White House. Our first president, George Washington, oversaw the construction of the building when it began in 1792 but never got to live there. The first president who got to call White House “home” was John Adams, who moved in with his wife, Abigail, in 1800.

American Flags at The White HouseANTHONY RICCI/SHUTTERSTOCK

Who were the four presidents that were assassinated?       

You know Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, but can you guess the other two?

The Last Formal Photograph of Abraham Lincoln Taken On the Day the Confederacy Surrendered 5 Days Before His DeathMARY EVANS/SHUTTERSTOCK

Answer: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy

All four of these presidents were assassinated while in office. Assassination attempts were made on six other presidents—Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt (who was done with his term), Franklin Roosevelt (president-elect at the time), Harry Truman, Gerald Ford (twice in one year!), and Ronald Reagan—but they were lucky enough to survive.

Summer view of the White House, Washington, DC.FSTOCKFOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

What state produced the most U.S. presidents?

Hint: It is either Ohio or Virginia.

Welcome sign: 'Virginia is for Lovers' - October 26, 2016JOE SOHM/SHUTTERSTOCK

Answer: Virginia

Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia, and Ohio was close behind, having produced seven presidents.