How well do you know the presidents? Answer these 10 questions about the presidents before they took office to make your Commander-in-Chief proud.
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#1. Including those that suddenly assumed office from their predecessor, how many U.S. Presidents had first served as vice-president?
#2. Which U.S. President was a tailor by trade?
Johnson started as a tailor’s apprentice at the age of 10.
#3. Who is the only U.S. President to hold a patent?
In 1849, Patent No. 6,469 for “buoying vessels over shoals” (lifting riverboats stuck in sandbars) was approved.
#4. Before becoming U.S. President, who testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947?
As the president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan was called as a friendly witness to testify about the influence of communists in Hollywood.
#5. Which U.S. President was the only one to serve as a National Parks Service park ranger?
In the summer of 1936, Ford worked as a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.
#6. Which future U.S. President served as postmaster of New Salem, IL?
Appointed at age 24, Lincoln served as postmaster for three years.
#7. Representing Tennessee in Congress, who was the only Speaker of the House of Representatives to become U.S. President?
Polk served as Speaker of the House for two terms (1835-1839).
#8. How many future U. S. Presidents signed the Declaration of Independence?
#9. Which future U.S. President was a cheerleader in high school?
Bush was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy in Andover, MD.
#10. Which U.S. President had first been Secretary of Commerce?
Congratulations! Who knew these pre-presidential events would lead to the White House? Oh, right, you did.
Lincoln lost the 1856 election for the U.S. Senate to Stephen Douglas despite the popularity of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. But from his election setback, the debates propelled Lincoln to the presidency.
Your setback from this quiz can still propel you to greatness. Better luck next time.
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