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Don’t Forget Chester A. Arthur

Are you interested in a powerful group in our society largely dominated by similar upper-class, white men? Well, we have the Sporcle category for you! To be fair, the U.S. Presidents were pretty interesting guys. They fought wars, had troubled childhoods and difficult marriages, and had to deal with politics in America. While the majority of them were from Eastern states with upper-middle class upbringings, there are some remarkable exceptions. At Sporcle, we have an entire section of the website devoted the men in our highest office who made the United States what it is today.

Most people can’t name the presidents of the United States in order, or even out of order given hints. How many do you think can name them in reverse?  How about by presidential term? Did you know we had a president who shared the name of Rainn Wilson’s character on The Office? We’ve actually had quite a few peculiar presidential names. Could you name them all? 27% of all Sporclers who have taken the quiz could. Maybe Americans just trust certain names, considering 22 of our 44 presidents have shared names with at least one other president.

It’s easy to know the most popular presidents. Movies and jokes are made about them long after their term in office, and sometimes (if they lived sufficiently long enough ago and were well enough liked) have high schools and government projects named after them. But can you name who we commemorate the most in film? or identify inaugural quotes from some of our best remembered presidents?

Over the course of history, some states have been far more highly presidential than others. Incidentally, the state that has produced the greatest number of presidents actually seceded from the Union during the Civil War. Can you name the state? And we all know that the Iowa presidential primary is important, but can you name the one president who came from there? Do you know the political party they were a part of?

Far from being arcane history, the presidents of the United States have had an incredible effect on the world in which we currently live. And hey, knowing presidential trivia can only help you in history class!

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