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Presidential Middle Names

Only 27 U.S. Presidents have had middle names. Can you name those names?
"Dubya" is not an acceptable answer.
Last updated: November 10, 2016
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First
Middle
Last
John
Quincy
Adams
William
Henry
Harrison
James
Knox
Polk
Ulysses (Hiram)
Simpson (Ulysses)
Grant
Rutherford
Birchard
Hayes
James
Abram
Garfield
Chester
Alan
Arthur
Stephen
Grover
Cleveland
William
Howard
Taft
Thomas
Woodrow
Wilson
Warren
Gamaliel
Harding
John
Calvin
Coolidge
Herbert
Clark
Hoover
Franklin
Delano
Roosevelt
First
Middle
Last
Harry
S.
Truman
Dwight
David
Eisenhower
John
Fitzgerald
Kennedy
Lyndon
Baines
Johnson
Richard
Milhous
Nixon
Gerald
Rudolph
Ford
James
Earl
Carter
Ronald
Wilson
Reagan
George
Herbert Walker
Bush
William
Jefferson
Clinton
George
Walker
Bush
Barack
Hussein
Obama
Donald
John
Trump
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level 79
Apr 25, 2013
You don't see many Gamaliels running around these days.
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level 75
Apr 25, 2013
Americans have a long proud history of awkward middle names, as this quiz attests. But I like that one. :)
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level 54
Jul 31, 2015
It's actually Biblical, but yes, I only know three Gamaliels.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2015
Are you serious?
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level 54
Apr 15, 2017
About the Biblical origins, yes. I do not know anyone named Gamaliel though, lol.
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level 57
Jan 6, 2019
My kid is from a long line of Gamliels. Means something like 'He's also my God' or something in Hebrew. Also-to me/mine-God'.
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level 67
Nov 14, 2016
The Hardings were big LotR fans.
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level 62
Dec 30, 2016
Yes you do...chasing the Smurfs.
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level 75
Dec 30, 2016
Gargamel
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level 68
Jun 17, 2018
He used to run around after Smurfs. ....and down at the bottom of the comments I've been usurped.
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level 75
Apr 25, 2013
I think it's fair to say you see even fewer "S"s running around.... I wonder how many people would have gotten Harry Truman's middle name if it didn't just automatically accept it after you typed in the first letter.
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level 75
Jun 15, 2013
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level 72
Mar 19, 2018
Because of course, anybody who enjoys quizzes about US presidents is bound to also like quizzes about pork consumption or Facebook likes.
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level 75
Mar 20, 2018
Washington loves pork.

and I think I made a Facebook likes quiz about political orientation, maybe I should have linked to that one instead.
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level 73
Jul 18, 2013
Harry Truman's middle name is an interesting one. Both of his grandfathers had first names that began with 'S' so instead of just picking one, his parents decided to just use the first letter of BOTH of his grandfathers' names and give him the middle name 'S.' Technically, since that is his entire middle name, there should be no period after it, but because that is how Truman signed his name as president, that is the way it has always been written.
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level 75
Jul 18, 2013
yep. Though, writing it the way Harry did, you could say that it stood for either of his grandfathers' names.
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level 45
Sep 13, 2013
What's with the Grant answer? His middle name was Ulysses. Most people think of Cleveland and Wilson as Grover and Woodrow, respectively. And the clues for them were Stephen _______ Cleveland and Thomas ________ Wilson. Why not give the clue for Grant as Hiram _______ Grant?
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level 75
Sep 13, 2013
This was already explained. Ulysses Simpson Grant was known as Ulysses Simpson Grant and this became his name in practice even if he was born under a different one. There is no middle initial or name; by birth, clerical error, or otherwise; between either Grover and Cleveland or Woodrow and Wilson. Given the clues anyone with knowledge of U.S. Presidents as extensive as your own ought to be able to get all the answers right and have fun on the quiz. If there were no clues given and I accepted Simpson but did not accept Ulysses for President Grant, then I could sort of see your point.
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level 75
Sep 13, 2013
look at the Wikipedia pages for all three presidents. Stephen Grover Cleveland, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, and Ulysses Simpson Grant. They put in parentheses that Grant was born as Hiram Ulysses Grant, but that's not the name he is listed under.

If I'd made the quiz differently and only gave last names as hints or no names at all, then I would have accepted both answers, but I like the quiz the way it is. Feel free to make your own if you disagree.
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level 75
Jul 20, 2014
so... you missed that one?
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level 75
Nov 10, 2016
I believe I've devised a reasonable compromise now.
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level 38
Jan 23, 2018
Yes. Simpson is usually accepted as his middle name and should remain as is. Great quiz by the way, Kalbahamut.
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level 32
Oct 30, 2013
Dubya is not an acceptable answer. Good laugh.
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level 75
Oct 30, 2013
:) I added it when QuizMaster chose a picture of Bush to go with the quiz. He said it was because Bush is the president most associated with his middle name, though I don't agree with that and the results of the quiz I think disprove it, too. Bush comes in 4th place in the most-guessed answers, even given the bump that usually comes with being featured in the picture at the top.
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level 71
Apr 28, 2016
He'd be top if you allowed Dubya as a type-in
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level 44
Jun 15, 2014
24% for Reagan's middle name?!? It seems to me like he wasn't THAT long ago.
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level 75
Jun 15, 2014
He wasn't, but his middle name was just never very famous. Obama's became so because it was used extensively by his political opponents to try and get people to associate him with Muslims and the Iraqi leader, Bush's was as a way to differentiate him from his father. Same for Adams. Some of these other guys that get guessed a lot are just known for having three names... JFK, FDR, LBJ... they're all from before Reagan's time but much more guessed. Nobody ever used Reagan's middle name.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2015
Great quiz! Got them all, though I tried a bunch of guesses for Ford in the final seconds (I knew the initial was R, which helped immensely). Regarding Reagan's middle name, I remember when he was elected, there was a small contingent of doomsday conspiracy theorists who pointed out that his first, middle, and last names all contained 6 letters, so of course he must be the Antichrist! Crazy, but it helped me remember the name!
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level 38
Jan 23, 2018
I'm surprised that many got him at all. Despite all the posthumous hype, he didn't impress me much as either an actor or a president.
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level 49
Feb 21, 2018
I put in Saint for Ronnie's middle name, because TBH I had no idea. lol
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level 28
Aug 8, 2014
5/26
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level 43
Aug 27, 2014
Again, brilliant. I love your quizzes.
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level 75
Aug 28, 2014
Thanks! Happy to hear it.
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level 19
Dec 24, 2014
I wonder why several presidents went by their middle names.?
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level 75
Dec 24, 2014
I go by my middle name because my parents never called me by either of my first names.
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level 67
Apr 28, 2016
Baha.
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level 75
Nov 10, 2016
What? I'm serious. I have two first names.
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
Wouldn't that be a first and a middle name?
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level 75
Feb 23, 2018
No. I also have a middle name. On my birth certificate in the space for "first name" or "given name" or whatever it says... there are two names filled in. Then under "middle name" there is a different name there.
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level 55
Feb 5, 2018
Because they were cool
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level 59
Sep 9, 2015
Seriously, is it like a requirement that presidential candidates have either no middle name (how common is that really?) or have a extremely rare, strange, last-name-as-, or made-up middle name? I would think that sheer statistics alone would dictate that ONE of them have the middle name "John"!
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level 75
Sep 10, 2015
As I said above, Americans have a long, proud history of awkward middle names.
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level 59
Jan 25, 2016
Right, I mean, as the quiz well tells us! I suppose I'm not in any place to speak, since my middle name is uncommon, and my grandfather's, father's, and brother's shared middle name was literally made up by that side of the family to sound classy. Or something. I'm not sure what they were thinking.
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level 32
Nov 7, 2016
'David' is a fairly normal name.
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level 82
Nov 9, 2016
You got your wish for a "John"!!!
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level 75
Dec 19, 2017
careful what you wish for
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level 69
May 6, 2017
Many of those "strange" middle names are family surnames on the mother's side used as an honor to her side of the family. I would say it is interesting how many people who use family surnames end up as Presidents.
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level 46
Jan 3, 2016
"Dubya" is not an acceptable answer. :')
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level 61
Jan 13, 2016
Ulysses "Simpson" Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but always went by Ulysses Grant. The S was a misnomer which was given to him during his time at West Point, and he was unable to get the error fixed, so he decided to embrace it. Simpson was his mother's maiden name, but was never given to Ulysses. I recommend you remove Ulysses Grant from this quiz to avoid any mistakes or confusion.
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level 61
Nov 12, 2016
You guys listened!
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level 75
Nov 13, 2016
We do what we can
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level 79
Apr 28, 2016
As Dick Cavett once discovered, Reagan's full name is an anagram of Insane Anglo Warlord. Just an observation.
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level 66
Apr 28, 2016
So many I know the INITIAL of
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level 37
Apr 28, 2016
Same here. Did real poorly on the quiz but knew almost all the initials.
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level 75
Apr 28, 2016
oh.. hey. Didn't realize this was going to get re-featured today. I wanted to make some changes to it... possibly address the US Grant controversy somehow. But I was planning to just update it after November so I could add in Diane. Haven't decided yet if I'll also accept Rodham.
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level 75
Nov 10, 2016
Unfortunately I never had to decide between Diane and Rodham but I did try to address the Grant controversy. Happy election day, 'murica.
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level 63
Apr 28, 2016
I wonder if this will be updated once the new president is announced Rodham or John?
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level 57
Apr 30, 2016
Rodham Rodham Rodham... please not John!
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level 39
Nov 13, 2016
Poor America had to choose between two awful people to be President. Just have to see what happens now.
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level 69
May 6, 2017
So true Helen O. When faced with two wretched options, choose the one who hasn't been living on the government dole and accomplishing nothing for the last 40 years.
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level 75
May 6, 2017
Are you talking about Trump? Because he has lived on his inheritance, profiting off of workers and partners he doesn't pay and tricks to not pay any taxes (worse than being a paid government employee with actual work to do by any measure), and even then had to declare bankruptcy multiple times. He has accomplished nothing in 70 years. Actually less than nothing. He took his father's money and made it worth less than if he had just put it in a mutual fund the whole time. Destroying many different companies and individual lives along the way, defrauding thousands of clients and employees alike.

His opponent, reprehensible as she was, accomplished a great deal in her life, getting involved in politics at an early age, becoming Senator, Secretary of State, and eventually going on to win more votes than any other candidate in the 2016 presidential election by a hefty margin.
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level 75
May 6, 2017
but I am genuinely confused as to whom you are talking about as that description could be applied (with far less accuracy when directed at Clinton) to either candidate.
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level 75
Jan 29, 2018
fallacy 1: Trump is successful. He's not. He inherited his fortune, then went bankrupt multiple times. If he'd taken the same money and put it all in a mutual fund he'd be many times richer. Trump is a failure at everything he attempts to do. He is hopelessly incompetent, and probably mentally retarded. His entire life he has had things handed to him because of his name and the fact that he was born rich.
fallacy 2: Trump raised good kids. The amount of time he spent "raising" any of them aside, none of the Trump brood are "good" by any stretch of the imagination even if politicians will say they are to score easy points in a debate.
fallacy 3: Trump cares about the country. He clearly only cares about himself. He is a narcissistic infant who has sold out the country to our enemies to enrich himself and his oligarch friends.
fallacy 4: there is some equivalency between Trump's monumental failures in business and personal character flaws and the average person's.
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level 75
Jan 29, 2018
There isn't. Trump is, if not the worst human being ever elected president, at the very least the least qualified and fit for the position. He's accomplished nothing in his life aside from becoming a reality TV star, an honor shared with the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Honey Boo Boo.
correct statement 1: he's a billionaire and I'm not. That's true. I wasn't born wealthy.
irrelevant statement 1: you like that he went bankrupt and then because of his enormous privilege afforded to him by our society that treats the wealthy differently from everyone else, was able to con and scheme his way back to stiffing contractors, ogling teenagers, and sexaully assaulting women. Well.. great, good for you.
correct statement 2: millions of Americans like Trump. Yeah. They do. I wish they didn't. It makes my task on this site trying to convince all the bigots that Americans aren't idiots that much more difficult.
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level 75
Jan 29, 2018
ambiguous statement 1: HRC didn't deserve to win the presidency. Well... she did get millions more votes than your guy. She was *exceedingly* more qualified than he was and she would have made 1000x the president he has been. On the other hand she is also a horrible person and was a horrible candidate and she lost the electoral college to the single worst major party nominee in United States history, so, whatever...
misstatement 1: HRC is insane. I think this is projection in the Freudian sense, if you believe half of what you just wrote. She does lie all the time, sure, though... not even a tiny fraction as much as Trump does. So... if that's your standard... I just don't have the words...
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level 75
Jan 29, 2018
oh, you packed in so many fallacies there I almost missed one. :D

let's call it fallacy -1: America "should" vote for businessmen candidates. Uh... no. No no no. No they definitely should not. Not including one farmer, one career politician who dabbled briefly in business before starting his real career, and one part-time investor, there have been 4 businessman presidents in US history including Trump

1. Warren G Harding. Usually rated as the worst president in the nation's history by presidential historians.
2. Herbert Hoover. Brought us in to the Great Depression of the 1920s crashing the global economy.
3. George W Bush. Some analysis has shown that, if not for extreme measures taken to stop the bleeding, the economic collapse he ushered in in 2008 could have been even more catastrophic than the Great Depression. And he used to look like kind of an incompetent boob, at least up until...
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level 75
Jan 29, 2018
4. Donald J Trump. The only president in living memory that could make George W Bush look like a genius by comparison. And the only president ever to be on track to beat out Warren G Harding for the bottom spot in the presidential rankings.

and that's it. Businessmen do NOT make for good presidents! They're even worse than generals.
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level 75
Jan 30, 2018
Donald doesn't have something to show for himself. He doesn't have nothing. Not financially, which is what you're basing this argument of his achievement on. He has achieved LESS than nothing. How is it so impossible or you to grasp simple things like this? If he had done NOTHING with his fortune, he would be worth MORE now. Blink your eyes or something to signal that you actually understand this very basic point and maybe I'll attempt further communication but right now it doesn't seem worth it. Though replying to all the stupid strawmen arguments you constantly make would be a bit tiresome even if you were capable of understanding the arguments.
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level 75
Jan 30, 2018
Oz was right. Americans are idiots...
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level 55
Feb 5, 2018
John it is!
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level 77
Apr 28, 2016
I've always heard that Harry Truman did not put a period after his middle initial because it didn't stand for anything. He had two grandfathers with the initial S and his parents didn't want to choose one over the other, so they just gave him the initial. I love trivia like that.
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level 39
Apr 28, 2016
typed Dubya as a joke right off the bat, and then read the rules. Haha!
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level 75
Apr 28, 2016
I tried Allen for Chester Arthur, and when that wasn't accepted I decided my memory was faulty - should have thought about the alternate spelling. Great quiz, although it was harder than I anticipated.
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level 75
Jan 7, 2017
Thanks for changing it so it was accepted today. Loved the quiz.
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level 71
Apr 28, 2016
Nice quiz. 17% knowing Gamaliel is pretty damn impressive.
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level 72
Apr 28, 2016
Indeed; I gave up after Gordon, George, Geoffrey, Gerard, Gerald, even Gideon ... there's a fair few more between these and Gamaliel
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level 64
Apr 28, 2016
I started this, then I realized I only knew the middle initial of most of them.
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level 13
Apr 30, 2016
it is a tricky quiz i say!
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level 35
May 1, 2016
Can you PLEASE make "Dubya" an acceptable answer? PLEASE????
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level 58
May 17, 2016
One of my favorite quizzes:
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level 32
Jun 13, 2016
I said 'Allen' when it was 'Alan'. I just guessed common names on the ones that I didn't know, which failed miserably on pretty much everybody except for Eisenhower.
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level 75
Jun 13, 2016
Added "Allen" as a type-in. I'll resumbit it after the election.
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level 32
Apr 4, 2017
Thank you
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level 60
Nov 12, 2016
Well that was one of the hardest quizzes I have ever done on Jetpunk. Fortunately useless too. I quite enjoyed it though!
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level 50
Nov 12, 2016
I still find it a bit surreal that Donald Trump will be the POTUS
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
How're you finding it now? We're thirteen months in at this point.
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level 60
Nov 12, 2016
Donald Trump isn't president yet. Let us enjoy this country while we still can.
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level 75
Nov 12, 2016
I do genealogy as a hobby, and it's amazing how many males I found on census records with the initials JKP. It took me a while to realize they were named for James Knox Polk. Military heroes were the superstars of their day. The other frequently seen initials which threw me for a while were MDL, (Marquis de Lafayette), FM (Francis Marion - the Swamp Fox of the Revolution) and LD (Lorenzo Dow), a prominent evangelist of the early 1800s.
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level 35
Nov 12, 2016
If you want a hint on Richard Nixon's middle name, think of a Simpsons character with blue hair
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level 11
Nov 12, 2016
wow how I hate trump. I wanted sanders to win
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level 63
Nov 13, 2016
Blame Hillary and the DNC for Sanders not winning.
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level 67
Nov 13, 2016
why is trump here hes not even president yet
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level 75
Nov 13, 2016
In case he follows through on his potential and the world ends the first week he is in office we wanted to give everyone more time to make sure they got their points again.
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level 21
Jan 7, 2017
You are so challenging at making quizzes! Keep up the good work and I hope that you make more quizzes soon.
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level 52
Mar 1, 2017
Of all the people to be edging out FDR, I wouldn't think Obama would be up there.
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level 39
Mar 3, 2017
Why is Harry Truman's box highlighted grey? Did he have a middle name?
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level 75
Mar 3, 2017
He did. His middle names was "S."
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level 57
May 11, 2017
Oops, thought they meant the first John Adams. Other than that only missed Hoover and Garfield. Not good enough for 5 points unfortunately :/
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level 75
May 12, 2017
Of the two John Adams who were president only one had a middle name, so, process of elimination...
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level 58
Jan 31, 2018
The results of this quiz are crazy. I got all the ones must frequently guessed (49% and above), and then there is a big drop off to 28% and below, none of which I got. I guess that goes to show which presidents are known for their middle name and which are not. I knew most of the initials of the ones I didn't get (Chester A., James K., Warren G., James A., Rutherford B., Gerald R., etc.) but had no idea what those initials stood for.
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level 38
Feb 4, 2018
Kalbahamut: You missed one.How about his bogus "Trump University" which hyped his great "business acumen" and succeeded only in taking hard-earned money from those naive enough to believe that he had anything substantive to share? I believe that the true brains behind -the -man was his vice-president (or something) who was killed in that helicopter crash (in the early '90s I believe). Think back: that's when his downward spiral began. As to his brilliance in business, he graduated with a BS degree (from Wharton,I believe), while George W. Bush has an MBA. Compare their accomplishments; who is more successful? - Yet, not once have you heard Dubya brag about his superior intelligence or business savvy. He who can, does. He who cannot, brags.
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level 75
Feb 4, 2018
It's impossible to list all of the ways that Donald Trump is a worthless and horrible human being. Or to list all of his many lies. Or to detail all of the reasons he is unfit to be president. Or to catalog his many mental and psychological deficiencies. And I'm not saying this because I am a "liberal." I'm not. Trump is a disgrace to Republicans. A disgrace to Conservatives. A disgrace to Christians. A disgrace to Americans. A disgrace to "White" people. A disgrace to the male gender. A disgrace to wealthy businessmen. A disgrace to the human race. This is not a partisan issue. I would not say any of these things about George W Bush or his father, thought I have strong negative opinions about the presidency of the former. I wouldn't say any of these things about Mitt Romney or John McCain or Bob Dole or Ronald Reagan or even Richard Nixon. I wouldn't say any of these things about Bill Clinton, though he's a very flawed person as well. Trump is just the worst.
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
I think at this point it's safe to say most Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, Americans, 'white' people, men, and members of the human race have disowned Donald Trump. Not sure about wealthy businessmen, but it's possible, given how often he has gone bankrupt. He's a disgrace to himself. Full stop.
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level 75
Feb 23, 2018
He is still polling very well amongst most of those who voted for him, sadly enough. Like he said during the campaign, he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and he still wouldn't lose support.

The wealthy businessmen fall mostly into one of three categories: those who hate and despise Trump for the unstable ignorant charlatan that he is- and see him as dangerous because he is unpredictable and that's usually not good for business; those that see him as a useful idiot and are fine with him being in power so long as he keeps being their puppet and passing whatever short-sighted tax cuts for the super wealthy that they wrote for him; and finally- those that are decent human beings or patriotic Americans and don't put their personal fortunes ahead of the lives and well-being of everyone else in the world. That last group is relatively small.
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level 75
Feb 4, 2018
and, yes, Trump's constant bragging, and the way in which he does it, about his intellect, his stability, his knowledge, and his business acumen is absolutely damning proof that he is unbelievably stupid, unstable, ignorant and incompetent. Just like his constantly repeating "believe me" is just about the most obvious tell there is that he cannot open his mouth without lying. I cannot express in words how disappointed I am with humanity and I have totally lost faith in democracy as a form of government at this point.
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level 75
Feb 28, 2018
diva and Aesthus seem to disagree with me on just about everything else. Nice that we can come together to agree at least on what a disgrace Trump is.
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level 55
Feb 5, 2018
Excellent quiz; great job!!!
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level 75
Feb 23, 2018
thanks
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level 38
Mar 3, 2018
It gives me no pleasure to disagree with you as your comments can be and often are very informative. It's just that some of them are beyond the pale, and I firmly believe in a lively debate. We can disagree with-out being disagreeable.
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
you've been nasty to me without good reason ever since you started responding, over and over and over again, to everything I say here. I don't know why; I suspect it has to do with you finding out I don't believe in the same god you do and taking it personally.
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level 42
Jun 16, 2018
I tried “Banes” and also “Bains” for Johnson. I think it’s reasonable to accept spellings that are close.
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level 68
Jul 1, 2018
"Dubya is not an acceptable answer." You know that eliminated some people from getting a correct answer.