U.S. Presidential Trivia Questions Everyone Gets Wrong
If you paid attention in history class, you might have a shot at a few of these answers. How many can you guess correctly?
Who was the fifth president of the United States?
Nope, it’s not the president who appears on the $5 bill.
Answer: James Monroe
James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States, having served in office from 1817 to 1825. Many people assume Abraham Lincoln was the fifth president because he appears on the $5 bill. Lincoln was actually the 16th president. See if you can also answer these 16 history questions that people always get wrong.
What does the “S” in Harry S. Truman’s name stand for?
Hmmm, what are names that start with the letter S?
The S in President Truman's name is actually a compromise his parents made between both of his grandfather’s names, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. There is still controversy today about whether there should be a period after the S. Read up on these 52 astonishing facts you never knew about U.S. presidents.
Did every president live in the White House?
Two options: Yes or no?
Not every U.S. president lived in the White House. Our first president, George Washington, oversaw the construction of the building when it began in 1792 but never got to live there. The first president who got to call White House "home" was John Adams, who moved in with his wife, Abigail, in 1800.
Who was the first president to be born in the United States?
The answer would be too easy if it were George Washington.
Answer: Martin Van Buren
Yes, the Constitution requires the U.S. president be a natural-born citizen, but the first seven presidents were born before the United States gained independence, meaning they were British subjects. Martin Van Buren, the eighth president, was born in New York in 1782. This is the U.S. trivia that your teacher never taught you in school.
How many presidents died in office?
Not all of the 44 presidents got to finish their terms.
The presidents that died while in office were William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.