The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia

20 Nov

The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia

The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia

Amy Pastan

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1588343251

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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!















driven in a car—not the traditional carriage—to his 1921 inauguration. He also returned to the White House in a car, riding with Mrs. Harding in a Packer Twin Six up Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade. The Harding inaugural was also the first at which loudspeakers were used. Q: Which three presidents had to re-take the oath of office? A: Chester Arthur, Calvin Coolidge, and Barack Obama. Arthur, who served from 1881 to 1885, was sworn in by a justice of the New York State Supreme

negotiations at Camp David, with a beaming Carter standing by, the two leaders signed a peace accord, which ended the state of war that had existed between their nations since 1948. Q: Which first ladies were responsible for picking “Hail to the Chief” as the presidential theme song? A: Julia Tyler and Sarah Polk. Tyler requested that the popular song “Hail to the Chief” be played whenever her husband entered a room, primarily to boost his image. Mrs. Polk later adopted it as well. It is said

and pulleys. Q: Which president was the first to have electricity in the White House? A: Benjamin Harrison. Electricity came to the White House as part of a plan for wiring the State, War & Navy Building next door. The Edison Company installed a generator for both buildings and wires were strung across the White House lawn and under the conservatory. Wires were buried inside the plaster walls of the rooms and round switches were installed for turning the current on and off. President and Mrs.

operations, none of which successfully extracted the bullet. Throughout the summer more doctors were brought in to assist. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell even employed his innovative “induction balance”—a type of metal detector—to find the bullet, but failed. In probing the wound—often with unsterilized fingers and instruments—these experts did more harm than good. Garfield died of blood poisoning on September 19, 1881. Bell’s induction balance, which failed to find the bullet that ultimately

greatest honor. Q: Who was the only president who never married? A: James Buchanan. When Buchanan was twenty-eight years old he was engaged to Anne Coleman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The two quarreled, and she broke off the engagement. Shortly afterward, she died—an apparent suicide. Her family blamed Buchanan for the tragedy, and he never forgave himself. “I have lost the only earthly object of my affections,” he said, “without whom life presents to me a dreary blank.” Indeed, Buchanan

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