Was history your favorite subject in school? Do you always impress your friends with your knowledge of everything from World War I to the Declaration of Independence? See how much you really know and take this quiz on our U.S. presidents. Maybe you’ll even learn a few new facts to share!
- Franklin D. Roosevelt served as president from 1933-1945, for a total of four terms. He passed away at the end of his fourth term in April of 1945—leaving the office to our nation’s 33rd president, Harry S. Truman.
- Grover Cleveland is the only president who could say he left the White House, only to return four years later. He served his first term from 1885-1889, and his second from 1893-1897.
- Believe it or not, the iconic White House we know today was not always the home of our nation’s commanders in chief—not all past presidents even lived in Washington D.C. George Washington lived in several executive mansions, in New York City and Philadelphia. The official White House wasn’t finished until 1800 when John Adams became president.
- Nearly a century before the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by president Lyndon B. Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, former commanding general of the Union Army, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The act prohibited discrimination based on race in public accommodations, such as transportation and housing.
- While Richard Nixon may be the most famous president to be impeached in recent memory, a century prior, president Andrew Johnson became the first to be formally impeached by Congress. The ruling was ultimately overturned by one vote, but Johnson would not run for reelection.
- As the first president of the United States, George Washington was also the only president ever to be voted in to the position with a unanimous vote. His success as a general during the American Revolution, and his leadership during the ratification of the Constitution, made him the perfect man for the job.
- After Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, renowned poet, Walt Whitman, wrote one of his most famous poems, “O Captain! My Captain!” The poem highlights his grief over the death of the president, and was published in one of his most well-known collections, Leaves of Grass.
- Though a controversial choice at the time, president Theodore Roosevelt was the first statesman to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was given the award for his negotiations during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, and a dispute in Mexico.
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