Test Your Knowledge: Presidents’ Day Trivia

Happy Presidents’ Day! There are always fun and games happening around Dirigo Pines, and Maine’s presidential links are well known. Here are some fun Presidents’ Day trivia questions… and answers down below!  Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and see how well you know our country’s leaders…

  1. The “Summer White House” of President George H.W. Bush is located in Kennebunkport and named:
    1. Mount Vernon
    2. Walker’s Point
    3. Camp David
  2. When George Washington left the presidency in 1797, he started a highly successful business and became one of the largest U.S. producers of what?
    1. Whiskey
    2. Baked Beans
    3. Wooden Teeth
  3. Gerald Ford had a successful career as what in his youth?
    1. Race Car Driver
    2. Fashion Model
    3. Sandwich Artist
  4. Who is the only president to be married in a ceremony at the White House?
    1. John Quincy Adams
    2. William McKinley
    3. Grover Cleveland
  5. Four presidents have received the Nobel Peace Prize, including Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and …
    1. John F. Kennedy
    2. Ronald Reagan
    3. Barack Obama
  6. Which president became a Supreme Court Justice after his retirement?
    1. William Howard Taft
    2. Gerald Ford
    3. Warren G. Harding
  7. Which president is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?
    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Lyndon B. Johnson
    3. Bill Clinton
  8. Campobello Island, located off the coast of Maine and technically in Canada, was the summer retreat of which president?
    1. Franklin Roosevelt
    2. Dwight Eisenhower
    3. Calvin Coolidge

And a 3 point Bonus Question: Which three U.S. presidents died on the 4th of July?

Answers:

  1. B. The property has been a family retreat for more than a century, starting with Bush’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather.
  2. A. In 1997, archaeologists discovered the foundation of the original distillery at Mount Vernon, reconstructed the building based on its original design, and it’s now open to the public.
  3. B. He even appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
  4. C. Three presidents married while in office. John Tyler, whose wife Letitia had died a year and nine months before, wed Julia Gardiner in New York City on June 26, 1844; bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886; Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride’s Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.
  5. C. Roosevelt received his in 1906 for his many efforts toward international peace, Wilson for founding the League of Nations after World War I, Carter won the prize in 2002 for his efforts to advance human rights and advance peaceful solutions to international conflicts. Obama was honored with a Nobel in 2009 for his work toward strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation.
  6. A. President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice. Taft is the only former president to swear in an incoming president. While serving as Chief Justice, Taft administered the Oath of Office to Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and Herbert Hoover in 1929.
  7. A. Lincoln is rumored to have been defeated only once in approximately 300 matches.
  8. A. Roosevelt’s 34-room residence is the centerpiece of Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

Bonus: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. James Monroe, the fifth president, died five years later in 1831.

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