The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia
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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!
Court in a private ceremony following the assassination of President James Garfield. Arthur was sworn in a second time by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court two days later at the Capitol. Coolidge took the oath of office at his father’s Vermont home following the death of President Warren Harding. Coolidge’s father was a notary public and administered the oath. Concerns about the jurisdiction of Coolidge’s father led to Coolidge taking a second oath later in Washington, D.C. At his
’68 run. Q: Who was the first president to name a woman to his cabinet? A: Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR named Frances Perkins as secretary of labor in 1933. The Mount Holyoke College graduate was a trained social worker who had worked in settlement houses in Chicago and Philadelphia. Her efforts on behalf of labor reform took on added urgency after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. She served as industrial commissioner under Roosevelt when he was governor of New York. As
House. One of these became the first live webcast from the mansion. Q: Which president had a special console of three televisions installed in the Oval Office? A: Lyndon Johnson. Johnson used television as a major source of information and had a bank of three TVs installed in the Oval Office so that he could monitor the nightly newscasts of NBC, ABC, and CBS. Johnson also had TVs at his ranch in Texas, but poor reception was a problem, requiring that a tower be built to improve the quality.
involvement in politics for the death of their son? A: Jane Pierce. Just two months before Franklin Pierce’s inauguration, the Pierces’ eleven-year-old son Benny died in a train accident, which plunged the president and first lady into mourning. Having already lost a son to typhus nine years earlier, the couple could barely control their grief. Jane gradually lost hold of reality and thought God was punishing them for Franklin’s involvement in “dirty politics.” She spent days in the White House
lady and often gave performances for friends and guests. After moving into the White House, she became reclusive and depressed. At the White House, Louisa felt isolated from the city of Washington and considered the living conditions in the mansion deplorable. Standing harp belonging to Louisa Adams, c. 1820s. Q: Which first lady descended into a silver mine reportedly because her husband bet she’d be too afraid to go? A: Julia Grant. The spirited first lady picked up a miner’s lamp and