Inauguration 2013: Test your presidential trivia knowledge


The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia.
January 16, 2013

How much do you know know about the presidents? Do you know how many there have been? Can you name them? In order? Backward? If you answered “yes” to those questions, maybe you won’t find “The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia” fascinating. But if you’re stumped by whether it was Millard Fillmore or Franklin Pierce who was our 13th president, then we think you’ll love the book, which is full of fascinating information — not just about the presidents who have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address of the White House, but also their wives, children — and even their pets! (For example, Laddy Boy, an Airedale terrier who was President Warren G. Harding’s dog, was even more famous in his day than the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog Bo is today.)

In the spirit of this inaugural weekend, we’ve put together a presidential trivia qui z based on questions from the book. The first five kids between the ages of 6 and 14 who send us an e-mail after 7 a.m. Saturday, January 19, and get all the answers correct will receive a copy of the book and a KidsPost pencil . Send your answers, along with your full name, age, home town and a note from a parent or guardian giving you permission to enter the contest to kidspost@ washpost.com. Please put “presidential trivia quiz” in the subject line of your e-mail.

1. Which president once co-owned a professional baseball team?

2. Who was the first presidential candidate to campaign in all 50 states?

3. Which president was sworn in using his nickname instead of his full name?

4. Who was the first child born at the White House?

5. Who was the first president to have a pet cat?

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