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Here it is: the 2014 Presidents’ Day quiz. How much don’t you know?

1) Which president was the first to be born a U.S. citizen?

a) James Madison
b) Martin Van Buren
c) John Quincy Adams
d) Andrew Jackson

2) The Monroe Doctrine, introduced in 1823, declared that no European nation should from then on colonize or interfere with the Americas — and if they did, the United States would view it as an act of aggression. Who wrote the Monroe Doctrine?

a) James Monroe
b) James Madison
c) John Quincy Adams
d) Martin Van Buren

3) Who was the youngest serving president?
a) Ulysses S. Grant
b) Bill Clinton
c) John F. Kennedy
d) Theodore Roosevelt

4) Which president also served as the chief justice of the United States?
a) William Howard Taft
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) James Madison
d) John Tyler

5) Two men who later became president were in England at the same time in 1786 and visited the home of William Shakespeare together, chipping off a piece of his chair as a souvenir. Who were they?

6) Who said, “I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.”

a) George Washington
b) Harry Truman
c) Dwight Eisenhower
d) Gerald Ford

7) How old was Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated in 1865?
a) 56
b) 57
c) 58
d) 59

8) Who was the first president to be seen on television?
a) Woodrow Wilson
b) Franklin Roosevelt
c) Harry Truman
d) Dwight Eisenhower

9) Four presidents were assassinated. Who were they?

10) One man who later became president married his teacher. Who was he?


Who said: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

a) George Washington
b) Abraham Lincoln
d) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
c) John F. Kennedy



1) b. Martin Van Buren, the eighth president. The previous presidents were born as British subjects.

2) c. You’d think it was Monroe but it was his secretary of state, John Quincy Adams.

3) d. Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest serving president, assuming the job at the age of 42 in 1901 when president William McKinley was assassinated. Kennedy, at 43, was the youngest to be elected, in 1960.

4) a. William Howard Taft, the 27th president, from 1909–1913, served as chief justice from 1921-1930. He was also dean of the University of Cincinnati Law School and U.S. secretary of war.

5)  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

6) c. Eisenhower.

7) a. Lincoln was 56 when he died on April 15th, 1865.

8) b. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on April 30, 1939, at the opening of the World’s Fair in New York.

9) Presidents who were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901), John F. Kennedy (1963).
Presidents who survived assassination attempts: Andrew Jackson (1835), Theodore Roosevelt (1912), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933), Harry Truman (1950), Gerald Ford (1975) and Ronald Reagan (1981).

10) Millard Fillmore was 19 years old in 1819 when he attended a school in New Hope, N.Y., where his teacher was 20-year-old Abigail Powers. They later married.

EXTRA CREDIT: a) George Washington on Jan. 8, 1790.

(Correction: Answers 1 and 8 had incorrect numbers but correct answers in a previous version.)