US Presidents

January 20, 2009 in Quizzes

obama-posterIn honour of the day that’s in it, here’s a small quiz on the office of President of the United States of America.

No matter what you heard on QI, the official list of Presidents of the United States begins with George Washington, as he was the first president sworn into office following the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1789.

With that baseline fact declared, let’s begin.

  1. In percentage terms, how many Electoral College votes did George Washington receive when elected  in 1789?
  2. The playing of which song accompanies the President at almost every public appearance?
  3. The 2nd President, John Adams, and the 6th President, John Quincy Adams, were related. How?
  4. Quincy is one of only two presidents to remain in politics after their term. The other not only served in the Senate but is also one of only two presidents who have been impeached and is the most recent president who represented a party other than the Democrats or Republicans.  Name him.
  5. After Abraham Lincoln, one other president was assassinated in the 19th Century.  Who?
  6. Before John F. Kennedy, one other president was assassinated in the 20th Century.  Who?
  7. Who entered professional politics for the first time, becoming Governor of New Jersey, just two years before being elected president?
  8. How many times was Franklin D. Roosevelt elected president?
  9. Who is the most recent president to have served for a time without a Vice-President?
  10. Barack Obama’s is the 44th Presidency but how many men have actually been President?

Bit of a history theme this week.  Coming up tomorrow: the 90th anniversary of the first Dáil.

Update: answers are here.

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