U.S. Presidents True or False

Guess whether these statements about U.S. Presidents are true or false.
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Last updated: July 9, 2019
First submittedJuly 9, 2019
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1. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin
True
False
2. If the President and Vice President were to die, the Secretary of State would become President
True
False
The Speaker of the House is next in line
3. Woodrow Wilson was President during World War One
True
False
4. Dwight Eisenhower was the most recent Army General to become President
True
False
5. Ronald Reagan was born in California
True
False
He was born in Illinois and moved to California as an adult
6. Since the end of the Civil War, only Democrats or Republicans have held the Presidency
True
False
7. Lyndon B. Johnson was a member of the Democratic Party
True
False
8. Donald Trump is the first President to have been divorced
True
False
Ronald Reagan was also divorced
9. Franklin Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt's grandson
True
False
Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt were fifth cousins, once removed
10. Bill Clinton was impeached
True
False
He was "impeached" by the house but he was not "convicted" by 2/3rds of Senate
11. John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to be Attorney General
True
False
12. George W. Bush was elected to the Presidency twice but never won the popular vote
True
False
Bush won 50.7% of the popular vote in 2004
13. In general, Thomas Jefferson was a proponent of increasing the power of the federal government
True
False
14. George Washington was very short - only about 5'4" tall
True
False
He was at least six feet tall and sturdily built
15. Four of the first five Presidents were from Virginia
True
False
16. Taft was the most recent President to wear facial hair as President
True
False
17. U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War started during the Nixon administration
True
False
Nixon actually reduced and then ended U.S. involvement in Vietnam. However, he did escalate the conflict during the invasion of Cambodia in 1970.
18. James Buchanan is generally considered to be one of the worst Presidents in U.S. history
True
False
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2019
If you--like me--have spent entirely too much of your life driving through Illinois on I-74, where there is a prominent sign pointing out that Ronnie went to college in nearby Eureka, then the "Reagan was born in California" question is probably not too hard for you.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
Spent a weekend with an ex-girlfriend in Milledgeville, very near the actual site of the Reagan nativity. We went to see Batman Begins in Dixon.
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Level 77
Jul 10, 2019
Nothing immaculate about that conception
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Level 80
Aug 25, 2019
Were you at that showing?? We thought we were the only ones in the theater.
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Level 37
Aug 27, 2019
That not what he's referring to lol
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Level 44
Aug 25, 2019
I also live in IL and Dixon (his hometown) is clearly marked on I-88
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2019
He was an actor first. I just figured very few actors were actually born in California...
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2019
I mean, Jefferson, without any explicit or implied authority to do so, entered into the Louisiana Purchase. Maybe that's the exception that proves the rule, but that was a pretty radical undertaking at the time, and rather obscures his legacy as a proponent of "small government."
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2019
Not impressed by the image at the top of the quiz.
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Level 34
Aug 25, 2019
why?
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Level 74
Sep 4, 2019
Was it meant to be impressive?
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Level 71
Aug 25, 2019
I like how convicted is in quotes, like the QM is saying that to a president, “conviction” isn’t real.
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Level 71
Aug 25, 2019
Does anybody know why Buchanan was so bad? I just answered yes because he was one of the forgettable middle presidents that people weren’t overly fond of.
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2019
1. Did nothing to lessen the possibility of civil war. 2. Only president who couldn't find a wife. 3. You would look inferior too if you were followed by Lincoln.
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Level 81
Aug 25, 2019
He also supported the Dred Scot decision. Really landed on the wrong side of history on that one.
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Level 39
Aug 28, 2019
1. Yes-even made it worse is many circumstances 2.Pretty hard for him to find a wife when he certainly wasn't looking for one. Since he was a homosexual and lived with the same man for most of his adult life... 3. Wouldn't have mattered who followed him, he was objectively terrible
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Level 74
Sep 4, 2019
I'm wondering, @mikeb: how does not having a wife make you a bad president?
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Level 55
Aug 25, 2019
That last question tho. Ask 100 people who the worst presidents were and maybe 5 would name Buchanan.
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Level 73
Aug 25, 2019
Maybe try it the other way. Ask 100 people, how many who know about Buchanan would say that he was a bad president?
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2019
Buchanan has been last on nearly every list I've seen (aside from the few that have William Henry Harrison there, since he was only in office for 30 days).
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2019
Trump dislodged Buchanan from last place recently in polls of presidential historians. Amongst the general public they are much more likely to pick someone recent (Trump, Obama, Bush, Carter). About 40% of Americans believe that Trump is the worst president in history. Amongst historians it's usually Buchanan, though lately Trump, and other popular choices for worst include Andrew Johnson and Warren G Harding.
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Level 80
Aug 27, 2019
I misspoke. I think that 40% figure is from an article I read that said this many Americans believed Trump to be the worst president in their lifetimes or since the end of WW2, not in all of history. I'm not sure what percentage believe that.
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Level 81
Mar 18, 2020
Trump never pushed for slave owners' "rights", nor authorized bounties for Indian scalps. The U.S. has had truly despicable Presidents in the past.
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Level 65
Aug 25, 2019
But that's because most people don't know presidential history. They only learn about the great ones, and for a lot of people, if you asked them *why* Jefferson or Teddy Roosevelt were great, they couldn't tell you. Most people just say "the worst" is the most recent president from the opposing party. Lots of Republicans genuinely believe Obama is the worst president in history because they know his administration. Scholarship on the issue puts him somewhere near the top of the middle, but the average person has no idea about Buchanan, Grant, Harding, or Taylor, all of whom were demonstrably worse by any measure.