We think we know everything about US presidents right? Do you know the elections are so popular in the USA that people use bonus codes to bet on who the next president will be? After all, we spend so much time learning about them in school and hearing about them in the news, how come there’s something we don’t know? But, there are some things even the biggest history buffs often get wrong. That’s why we made a list of 9 questions almost no one can answer. Can you answer these 9 trivia questions correctly?
1. How many presidents died in office?
The correct answer is 8! A fun fact about one of the president’s death – William Henry Harrison held his inaugural speech in rain and soon died of pneumonia. His presidency was the shortest one in history. Other 7 presidents who died in office are Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. The first three on this list also died of natural causes and the last four were assassinated.
2. Who was the first president to be born in the US?
We’d think that all US presidents were born in the US since that is one of the requirements of the Constitution. However, the first president to be born in the US is Martin Van Buren, the 8th president. Before that, the US was not an independent country and therefore, all the presidents were British.
3. Did all presidents live in the White House?
All except one. George Washington never lived in the White House and the reason for that is very simple – during his presidency, the White House was being built. Washington’s term ended in 1797 and the White House was finished only three years later in 1800. That is when John Adams moved in, becoming the first president to live in the White House.
4. The 33rd president was named Harry S. Truman. What does the S in his name stand for?
This one is a bit tricky. S doesn’t stand for anything! His parents couldn’t agree whether to name him Shipp or Solomon, so they made a compromise to use just the letter S. This is not something you are taught at school.
5. Who was the fifth president of the United States?
Many people would answer that Abraham Lincoln is the 5th president of the US without even thinking, simply because he appears on the $5 bill. However, it is James Monroe. Abraham Lincoln is the 16th president and his term was more than 35 years after Monroe’s.
6. Was there a president who served two non-consecutive terms?
Yes, there was! Grover Cleveland was elected first in 1885 and then again in 1893. That makes him the 22nd and 24th president of the US, and that is the reason people often get confused when counting the presidents.
7. When was Alexander Hamilton elected president?
Alexander Hamilton was never a president! He was a very famous politician and many people often think that he was the president at some point. Nevertheless, he did some noteworthy things – for example, he founded the Federalist Party, the first political party in the US. He also served as the first secretary of the treasury.
8. Which presidents were impeached?
Only three presidents have been impeached in the history of the US: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019. The first two were impeached but not removed from office and as for Donald Trump, we’ll just have to wait and see.
9. What state produced the most presidents?
The correct answer is Virginia, although Ohio comes in a close second. In the history of the US, 8 American presidents were born in Virginia and 7 in Ohio. Who knows, perhaps Ohio will be number one in a couple of years.