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Presidents: Trivia

Playing games and solving puzzles

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Oct 21, 2012, 3:37am Top

Pose a question MULTIPLE CHOICE or regular about the office/ office holders of
president, (U.S. or other)
First correct answerer sets
the next question.

Which of these U.S. presidents never RAN for president ?

A. Coolidge

B. Arthur

C. Ford

D. Truman

Oct 21, 2012, 1:26pm Top

B. Arthur (not to be confused with Bea Arthur) because he took office upon Garfield's death but never ran for election in his own right, whereas Coolidge (1924), Ford (1976), and Truman (1948) all did.

Next: Who is the most recent U.S. president to have previously headed a federal cabinet department?
A. James Buchanan
B. George H. W. Bush
C. William Howard Taft
D. Herbert Hoover

Oct 21, 2012, 1:52pm Top

C ?

Oct 21, 2012, 5:11pm Top

Not C because he's not the most recent one, but Taft did serve as Secretary of War.

Oct 21, 2012, 6:13pm Top

D. Hoover Sec. of
Commerce in the Coolidge Admin. ?

Not among the most quotable
"Silent Cal" remarks was his
opinion of Hoover, ca. 1927:
"That man has been giving me unsolicited advice for 6 years--all of it bad."
But he relented and became officially a (not very enthusiastic) supporter of
Hoover's 1928 campaign.

Oct 21, 2012, 6:30pm Top

Yes indeed, Hoover.

Edited: Oct 21, 2012, 6:38pm Top

Which 2 20th c. presidents
had no political background or past party affiliation,
and had not
even voted in every election, before running for president?

A. Truman and Nixon

B. Hoover and Eisenhower

C. Coolidge and Kennedy

D. T. Roosevelt and G. W. Bush

Oct 22, 2012, 8:16pm Top

I'll go with B: Hoover the technocrat and Eisenhower the general.

Oct 22, 2012, 8:20pm Top

Right, buckjohnson!

Please continue.

Oct 22, 2012, 9:03pm Top

What was the first European country to have a woman president?
A. East Germany
B. Ireland
C. Malta
D. Iceland

//Hoping to open this up a bit to LTers outside the United States.//

Oct 22, 2012, 9:29pm Top

B ?

Oct 22, 2012, 9:47pm Top

Ireland has had two women presidents (Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese), but it wasn't the first; this other country elected a woman president in 1980, ten years before Robinson took office.

Oct 24, 2012, 2:37am Top

D ?

Oct 24, 2012, 7:04am Top

Yes, D: Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Europe's first woman president and the first freely elected woman president of any widely recognized country. Over to you, Roland.

Oct 24, 2012, 5:46pm Top

European Presidents:

In 1958 Charles Degaulle
succeeded ___ ____ as president of France under a new "Strong President" constitution. The long-term, ceremonial, president under the old constitution was:

A. Vincent Auriol

B. Pierre Mendes-France

C. Joseph Laniel

D. Jean Le Pen

Oct 25, 2012, 8:24pm Top

I'm pretty sure Auriol and Coty were the only presidents under the Fourth Republic, so because Coty's not an option, I'll go with A.

Oct 26, 2012, 9:14pm Top

Auriol is right! (I had forgotten about Coty). Auriol, though an agnostic, was said to be a friend of another former diplomat Cardinal Roncalli, who became Pope John XXIII in 1958
(about the time of the DeGaulle ascendancy).

Please continue.

Oct 26, 2012, 10:15pm Top

During a certain period within the past decade, what country had the unusual circumstance that its president and prime minister were twin brothers?
A. Poland
B. Cameroon
C. Lithuania
D. Mozambique

Oct 26, 2012, 10:19pm Top

B ?

Oct 27, 2012, 8:25am Top

No, not Cameroon. The country in question held this distinction for 16 months, from July 2006 to November 2007. A few years later, the president died in a plane crash.

Oct 27, 2012, 7:09pm Top

A. Poland ?
(I did hear of a plane crash that killed the president;
didn't hear that he was a twin.)

Oct 27, 2012, 8:08pm Top

Yes, it was Poland. Lech Kaczynski was president from 2005 until his death in 2010; his identical twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was prime minister from 2006 to 2007. Over to you.

Edited: Oct 28, 2012, 6:15pm Top

Match these presidents with
an opponent they had who did not belong to one of the
2 "Major" parties:
1. Franklin Roosevelt
2. Harry Truman
3. George H. W. Bush
4. George W. Bush

A. Norman Thomas
B. Ralph Nader
C. Henry A. Wallace
D. H.Ross Perot

*None of these received any electoral votes; in the running along with one of them, however was Strom Thurmond (D, (later R), SC)
who did carry 4 Deep Southern states.

Oct 31, 2012, 11:14am Top

I'll go with 1-A, 2-C, 3-D, 4-B.
Wallace challenging Truman is unusual for at least two reasons: they both served as vice president under FDR, and Wallace served in Truman's cabinet.

Edited: Nov 3, 2012, 4:15pm Top

All four right, buckjohnson.

I knew (and can even remember) that
Truman replaced Wallace
as vice president on the 1944 Dem. ticket.
The next time an incumbent veep was
left off the ticket was when Ford replaced
Nelson Rockeller with Bob Dole on the
1976 G O P ticket. (In their case, neither
the prez nor the veep had ever been
an elected v. p.)

Didn't know
that HW served in HST's cabiniet

Please take over.

Nov 1, 2012, 5:37pm Top

Who is the only person known to have been present at the assassinations of three U.S. presidents?
1. John Milton Hay
2. Robert Todd Lincoln
3. Charles Francis Adams
4. James G. Blaine

//Try explaining that to the Secret Service. "No, I swear, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...um, three times."//

Nov 2, 2012, 5:15pm Top

(2)>Robert Todd Lincoln
--at the Lincoln and the Garfield assassinations

Nov 2, 2012, 6:20pm Top

Yes, and he was present at McKinley's assassination as well. Robert Todd Lincoln's grave at Arlington National Cemetery is just a stone's throw from Taft's, so luckily Taft can't get any deader. Back to you, Roland.

Nov 2, 2012, 7:55pm Top

Curiosa of the VEEP>PREZ Game:

Match these candidates with the curious fact about them.

1. John N. Garner (D TX

2. George H.W. Bush R (TX)
3. Al Gore, SR. D (TN)

4. WIlliam Miller (R, NY)

A. 4 years after he ran for veep, Norman
said he "NO LONGER looked like
the meanest yap in town".
(emphasis added).
B. Called the vice presidency "not worth
a bucket of warm spit".*
C. Became the 1st incumbent vice pres.
in 124 years to be elected president

D. Was furious when his party denied him
vice presidential nomination in favor of
the senior senator from his state, but lived
to see a son become vice president.

*Some have said that the quote was
"cleaned up" by saying "spit" instead
of the noun he actually used.

Edited: Nov 15, 2012, 8:33pm Top

OVer 2 weeks since this was played on, so Iʻll change it
to a non-matching, non-multiple choice, question:

The president who was
never a general, senator, or mayor, but WAS, however briefly, the de facto "ambassador" to Beijing,
and Director of the C I A.

Edited: Jun 14, 2013, 5:40am Top

George Bush, Senior ???

Is this correct? Any verification from anyone,

Edited: Jun 13, 2013, 6:00pm Top

Thanks for bringing back this thread,

Q. Biggest booster of the vice-presidentcy's
prestige: Before his tenure as veep, for many decades,
no vice president (except those who had
become president)had been considered
seriously as a presidential candidate.
After him, nearly all of them were so
Identify the Vice-President>President.

Jun 13, 2013, 11:27pm Top

One of them was Richard Nixon . ???

Jun 13, 2013, 11:34pm Top

Right, Silverfish. Nixon is
the vice-presidency booster that I was thinking of.

Edited: Jun 13, 2013, 11:44pm Top

Next Puzzle: Both were USA Presidents:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 32nd president

Theodore Roosevelt - 26th president

Questions: Who won a Nobel Prize? Year/Kind of award?

Were they in any way related in the same ancestry's generation tree?

Jun 14, 2013, 12:35am Top

THEODORE Roosevelt won the Nobel Prize. Exact year I don't know; it was about 1905, Peace Prize, for mediating the Russo-Japanese War.
The two presidents Roosevelt were, I think, 5th
cousins. If my count is right, the ancestors they had in common would be a pair of great-great-great-great grandparents. TR was also the uncle of FDR's wife Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt and
was the relative who formally "gave" the bride at the E R / F D R wedding.

Jun 14, 2013, 12:38am Top

The first vice-president to become president as a result
of his president's death. As it turned out he served about 47/48ths of his running-mates's term.

Jun 14, 2013, 3:17am Top

To be exact, it is 1906.

Your next trivia on US Presidents.

Edited: Aug 30, 2014, 5:39pm Top

next trivia:

The first president to become president as a result

of his president's
death. As it turned out, he served about 47/48ths

of his running mate's term.

Edited: Jun 15, 2013, 1:30am Top

James A Garfield ???

assasinated by a cook.

Jun 15, 2013, 2:53am Top

No, Garfield didnʻt go the
vice-president>president route; his running mate and successor did.

And the president I meantʻs predecessor wasn/t assassinated; he died of pneumonia which historians believe was activated by
an overly long inauguration speech in cold weather.

Jun 15, 2013, 3:16am Top

Edited: Jun 15, 2013, 3:38am Top

Not Harding; (youʻre now in the wrong century); itʻs true that
both he and Garfield didnʻt
get to complete their term. But they did complete more
than 1/48th of it.

Jun 15, 2013, 3:34am Top

I give up !

Edited: Jun 15, 2013, 3:38am Top

I guess no one else is trying.
So: John Tyler president during 1845--1849 is referred to.
Please set the "Next".

Jun 15, 2013, 5:54am Top

Who played the main role of Richard M Nixon in a Hollywood's movie, Nixon directed by O Stone ?

Edited: Jun 15, 2013, 9:25pm Top

Anthony Hopkins
played Richard Nixon -- the title role in the movie Nixon --
(an exception to the usual casting of that time, because directors usually wanted someone who physically resembled* the character (in the case of real, not fictional persons), and Hopkins didnʻt by any stretch of the imagination resemble Nixon.)

*Compare the actors who played Mahatma Gandhi
in Gandhi (ca. 1981) and
Nine Hours to Rama (ca. 1961), especially the latter.

Edited: Jun 16, 2013, 9:11am Top

You have noticed the glaring difference between Anthony Hopkins and

Ben Kingsley. Ben Kingsley won Oscar for Best Actor in portraying the

role of Mahatma Gandhi in Oscar winning movie, Gandhi,well directed by

Richard Attenborough a sibling of famous botany guru- David


I really enjoyed his mini series TV documentaries on

nature,birds,insects,animals and all things relating to nature. There are few

thespians who were able to act and behave liked the roles of the actual

famous and known personalities. Meryl Streep acted very well as

Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; Helen Mirren as Queen

Elizabeth II
in The Queen; Morgan Freeman as Nelson

.But,never forget Sir Anthony Hopkins is a superb British actor

as Hannibal in The Silence of The Lambs and won Oscar Best Actor's

award. Did Anthony Hopkins do well as a role of British's director love

story movie, Hitchcock about Alfred Hitchcock ? I believe he have tried

very hard in the role, I will give 6/10 rating.

Your next puzzle.

Jun 16, 2013, 8:11am Top


The incumbent vice-president who failed to carry his own
state when he ran for president, but did win the popular vote nation-wide ?

Edited: Jun 16, 2013, 9:14am Top

Al Gore in George Herbert Bush Junior vs Al Gore race. There was a dispute in Florida votes counting.

Edited: Jun 17, 2013, 6:02pm Top

49> 50

Al Gore (D, TN) is correct, silverfish999!
Please set the "NEXT".

Jun 17, 2013, 11:32pm Top

Name the past living "Vice-Presidents" of USA, but never became


Edited: Jun 17, 2013, 11:34pm Top

Name the past Vice-President's of USA names still living today but never

succeeded or elected to become a President eventually.

Jun 18, 2013, 4:13pm Top

Al Gore (D, TN); Dan Quayle (R, IN)
Dick Cheney (R, WY)
and (I THINK still living?):
Walter Mondale (D, MN)

Jun 18, 2013, 10:28pm Top

Your next move.

Jun 19, 2013, 10:10am Top

A 2-term incumbent Vice President who became president by election. The last incumbent Vice President to be elected before him was
152 years earlier.
He defeated the governor of his native state, which was no longer his home state.
Like his predecessor of 152 years earlier, he was a one-term president.

Edited: Aug 30, 2014, 5:40pm Top

(Can this thread be revived after 14 months?) Iʻll risk an (easier?) question than 56.*

Identify: First G O P CANDIDATE FOR president.
(Hint: Pre-Civil War; he had the initials
J. F., not A. L.)

*The answer to 56 is George H. W. Bush (in 1980)

Feb 3, 3:41pm Top

< > > > >

Edited: Feb 6, 1:23pm Top

Changing the question (57)
who was the first* NON-POLITICIAN;to be elected president in the 20th century? (Hint: He was a one-term, and not wildly popular president.)

*the second was Dwight Eisenhower -- ran for no elected office before 1952, though he had experience in "appointive politics", even having been president of a university.

Mar 31, 6:25pm Top

< > > > >

May 11, 12:07pm Top


Edited: May 11, 1:58pm Top

If (Chester A.) "Arthur" (61) means the answer to 58, it is incorrect.

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