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?
Which president served two non-consecutive terms?
That's right: One president served twice, with another president in between.
Answer: President Grover Cleveland
President Cleveland served in office from 1885 to 1889 and then again from 1893 to 1897. He was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, which means President Trump is considered both the 44th and 45th president. Check out these delightful little-known talents of U.S. presidents.
Was every U.S. president associated with a political party?
How could they not be, right?
Who were the four presidents that were assassinated?
You know Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, but can you guess the other two?
Answer: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy
All four of these presidents were assassinated while in office. Assassination attempts were made on six other presidents—Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt (who was done with his term), Franklin Roosevelt (president-elect at the time), Harry Truman, Gerald Ford (twice in one year!), and Ronald Reagan—but they were lucky enough to survive.
What year did Alexander Hamilton become president?
Hamilton was born in 1755, so how old was he when he entered office?
Trick question! Alexander Hamilton was never president; he was just a very well known man that contributed a lot to politics. Though he was never the commander in chief, he did serve as the country's first secretary of the treasury from 1789 to 1795, as well as found the first U.S. political party, the Federalists. You'll won't want to miss these dramatic before-and-after photos of how the presidents have aged in office.
Which presidents were impeached?
Hint: Richard Nixon wasn't one of them.
Answer: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton
Over the years, eight presidents have faced impeachment threats, but only two were actually impeached. In 1868, Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act by dismissing the secretary of war, and Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 after lying about his relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky. Both finished their terms because, contrary to popular belief, impeaching presidents doesn't automatically remove them from office—it's just the first step to forcing them out. In the cases of Johnson and Clinton, the House of Representatives impeached the presidents, but the Senate did not. Richard Nixon likely would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned before his hearing. These are the strange things that presidents have banned from the White House.