Since we awakened today knowing who our president will be for the next four years (assuming there’s not another Bush-Gore situation), today seems like a good time to dedicate “Just Ask” to presidential trivia.
The information is courtesy of americanpresidents.org, the website from the Peabody Award-winning cable series on presidents.
And away we go:
Q: Martin Van Buren was the eighth president. What was unique about his citizenship?
A: Van Buren was born Dec. 5, 1782, making him the first president born after America declared independence in 1776. That means he was the first president who was born a U.S. citizen.
Q: What was significant about Independence Day 1826?
A: On July 4, 1826, the second president, John Adams, and third president, Thomas Jefferson died. Five years later, on July 4, 1831, the fifth president, James Monroe, died.
Q: Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln. In what Illinois city was Lincoln born?
A: Lincoln lived in Illinois, but was born in Hodgenville, Ky. He was the first president born outside of the original 13 colonies. He also was the first president who was assassinated.
Q: What president received a $20 speeding ticket?
A: Ulysses S. Grant, who received the ticket for speeding — on his horse.
Q: Was James A. Garfield left-handed or right-handed?
A: Garfield was ambidextrous, and was known for an impressive parlor trick: writing in Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
Q: What was Calvin Coolidge’s response when a woman claimed she could make him say more than two words?
A: “You lose.”
Q: Early in his adult life, Gerald Ford turned down employment offers from two well-known organizations. What were they?
A: The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears offered him professional football contracts. In college, Ford played center for the University of Michigan.
Q: Three years after his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Milwaukee. Where did he go afterward?
A: Directly to the hospital. Roosevelt had been shot in the chest on the way to Milwaukee, but refused hospitalization until after he gave his hour-long speech.