The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia
Which president holds the record for the most vetoes? Which president had the largest shoe size? Who was the only president to serve in both World War I and World War II? Who was the tallest president? These questions and many, many more are answered in The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia.
Divided into 11 chapters, The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia looks at every aspect of our heads of state and presidential history: Citizens, Officers, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From Front Porch to Facebook; The Pledge and the Parties; Inside the Oval Office; The Perpetual Podium; Home, Hotel, Parlor, Playground; First Families; Impeachment, Controversy, Shame; Assassination; Death, and National Mourning; Presidents in the Popular Imagination; and The Quotable President.
Many of the questions are accompanied with photographs of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia is sure to puzzle the trivia buff and presidential expert alike!
vetoes? A: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt wins the prize for the most vetoes with 635. However, he served three full terms, plus a few months into his fourth term as president. For two-term presidents, Grover Cleveland issued the most, at 584. Gerald Ford had the most vetoes for a one-term president with 66. Q: Which presidents were responsible for forming the Democratic-Republican Party in the 1790s? A: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. George Washington called political parties
supporters on the defensive. Broadside, 1828, showing six coffins for the militiamen supposedly executed by Jackson during the War of 1812. Q: Who was the first president to use a Teleprompter? A: Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower, however, wasn’t totally comfortable using one. Subsequent commanders in chief have used Teleprompters for important speeches and addresses with varying success. Barack Obama has made the greatest use of them, even employing Teleprompters for everyday announcements and
media star? A: Warren Harding’s Airedale terrier Laddie Boy. Laddie Boy was the first first dog to receive regular coverage from the media. He was six months old when he arrived at the White House. In 1921, the newspapers gave him almost daily coverage, with headlines like “Gets Airedale as Mascot,” “Laddie Boy a Newsboy,” “Trees White House Cat,” “Laddie Boy Gets Playmate.” Harding took such pleasure in Laddie Boy that he had one thousand bronze miniatures made in the dog’s image shortly after
president and his family were the first to be satirized on a popular, commercially distributed record album? A: John F. Kennedy. The First Family, which parodied Kennedy as both the country’s leader and a member of a large political family, was released in late 1962. Comedian and impersonator Vaughn Meader played Kennedy and had the president’s Boston accent down to a T. The album sold more than a million copies in its first week and more than seven million in just a few months. The First
Washington Born: February 22, 1732, Westmoreland County, Virginia Died: December 14, 1799 Term:1789–1797 Vice President: John Adams 2. John Adams Born: October 30, 1735, Braintree, Massachusetts Died: July 4, 1826 Term:1797–1801 Vice President: Thomas Jefferson 3. Thomas Jefferson Born: April 13, 1743, Albemarle County, Virginia Died: July 4, 1826 Term:1801–1809 Vice Presidents: Aaron Burr (1801–1805); George Clinton (1805–1809) 4. James Madison Born: March 16, 1751, Port Conway, Virginia