Friday, September 26, 2008

Trivia Answers

I thought I'd post the answers to the trivia questions I put up earlier with a source for each one (although some of them I really hope you knew!).

What president got stuck in a bathtub in the White House?
William Howard Taft
http://www.classroomhelp.com/lessons/Presidents/taft.html

Who was the first president born west of the Mississippi River?
Herbert Hoover
http://www.nps.gov/heho/photosmultimedia/birthplace.htm

What kept Ronald Reagan out of combat during WWII even though he was in the Army?
Poor eyesight
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/05/reagan.obit/index.html

What famous Confederate had Zachary Taylor as his father-in-law?
Jefferson Davis
http://www.american-presidents.org/search/label/Zachary%20Taylor

What president played college football at the University of Michigan?
Gerald Ford
http://www.american-presidents.org/2006/12/gerald-ford-ordinary-hardly.html

Who created the Civil Service System?
Chester Arthur
http://www.american-presidents.org/2006/03/can-obscure-president-become-lesson-in.html

Name the only father/sons to be president?
John and John Quincy Adams
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/ja6.html
George H.W. and George W. Bush
http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/biography.html

Who served as president from 1885-89 and from 1893-97?
Grover Cleveland
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gc2224.html

How many presidents graduated from West Point?
Two US presidents graduated from West Point:
Ulysses S. Grant (1843)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1915)
http://www.usma.edu/notablegrads.asp
And one Confederate President:
Jefferson Davis (1828)

How many presidents did not have a vice-president?
Four Presidents didn’t have VPs:
John Tyler
Millard Fillmore
Andrew Johnson
Chester Arthur
http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blchartpresidents.htm

Some other presidents also didn’t have VPs for periods during their presidency.
For example, Harry Truman

1 comment:

Scott said...

There have been many presidents who served without a vice president. Most of the time, it was when the previous president died and was succeeded by the sitting vice president--but not all of the time. Here's the list since Chester A. Arthur:

Grover Cleveland's first VP, Thomas Hendricks, died in office in 1885. Cleveland served the balance of his term without a VP.

Teddy Roosevelt became president after William McKinley's assassination and served the balance of McKinley's term without a VP

James Sherman died before the 1912 election leaving William H. Taft to serve the end of this term without a VP.

Calvin Coolidge served the balance of Warren G. Harding's term without a Vice President.

You mentioned Harry Truman who served the balance of FDR's fourth term without a VP.

Lyndon B. Johnson served the balance of John F. Kennedy's term without a vice president (11/22/63-1/20/65).

The 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967 which says, "In case of the removal of the Vice President from office, or of his death or resignation, the President, within a period of thirty days thereafter, shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by both Houses of Congress by a majority vote of those present and voting." This has been exercised twice that caused temporary vacancies:

It was three months between the resignation of Spiro Agnew and congress's acceptance of Gerald Ford as vice president for Richard Nixon.

After Gerald Ford became president on August 9, 1974, he served without a vice president until December 19 when Nelson Rockefeller was inaugurated.

Interestingly, Sections 3-6 of the 25th Amendment have never been used except on television and in the movies!