Presidential Trivia

george washingtonWhat's fun about history are those little-known facts about our presidents that aren't important in the grand scheme of things but are interesting nonetheless. Who would have guessed that Franklin Pierce delivered his long inaugural address from memory only? Or that Ronald Reagan was the oldest elected to office?

In honor of Presidents Day, we present trivia to refresh your memory about our past leaders and introduce new fun facts about United States history. This is a great tool for creating your own classroom game, quiz, crossword puzzle, or word search.

Fun Facts about Presidents

- The first president of the United States was George Washington.

- George Washington bowed to his visitors instead of shaking hands with them.

- At 6' 4", Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president. At 5' 4", James Madison was the shortest president.

- Theodore Roosevelt was concerned with the conservation of natural resources and established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905.

- John Adams was the first president to take residence in the White House in Washington, D.C.

- James Buchanan was the only president who remained a bachelor. His niece acted as hostess to White House parties.

- Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the 4th of July.

- Who had glitz and glam? Before becoming president, Ronald Reagan was a successful actor. His wife, Nancy, also appeared in movies.

- Ronald Reagan had two popular nicknames. "The Gipper" and "The Great Communicator."

- The likeness of four presidents are carved into the granite on Mt. Rushmore. They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

- Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. Three others were also assassinated. They were James Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy.

- Richard Nixon was the only U.S. president who resigned. The reason? Watergate.

- Bill Clinton pleased the audience when he played a saxophone on The Arsenio Hall show during his presidential campaign.

- Bill Clinton played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show during his presidential campaign.

- Saturday is the designated day for the president's weekly radio address.

- Three American presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize. They are Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter.

- Harry Truman was an avid music fan and would practice the piano for hours at a time when he was a boy.

- George W. Bush was partial owner and manager for the Texas Rangers baseball team.

- James Garfield, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are all known to be left-handed presidents. One still in question is Herbert Hoover.

- John Tyler was the first president to marry while in office.

- Andrew Jackson was born in a log cabin and named after his father.

- Woodrow Wilson was nicknamed "The Professor" because he was once the president of Princeton University.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower was the only president to serve in both World Wars I and II.

- Gerald Ford was once a male fashion model.