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Can you name the future, past, or current US presidents from their occupation in the given year?
Enter a president (last names acceptable) in the box below
Correctly named presidents will show up below
Click any empty When They Did it or Who Did It to answer for that location
The sentence in the left column is a description of what each man spent his time with during the year above it. The men were, are, or would later be presidents of the United States.
"Future" in this context means later than the given year, not later from today. A given president may show up more than once.
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This man served in the Virginia State Legislature and worked on guaranteeing religious freedom there
This man avidly followed the proceedings of the Continental Congress through correspondence with his father, a delegate
Growing up in rural North Carolina, this man received a sporadic education, at best
This man was Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army as the American colonies revolted
This Virginian wrote much of the Declaration of Independence
This man, representing Massachusetts in the second Continental Congress, advocated for separate, independent American states
This man served in the 3rd Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army and was wounded in the Battle of Trenton
Only three years old, this man realized little of the successful Virginian political family surrounding him
This man graduated from High School near Los Angeles, California
This man, at the time only six years old, was an avid reader and gained an interest in his father's farm
This budding actor was student president at Eureka College
This man was Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court until he died on March 8
This man was the assistant to a high-ranking War Department official tasked with preparatory combat strategies
As presiding judge of the Jackson (MO) County Court, this man coordinated extensive infrastructure improvements
This man excelled at football for Grand Rapids South High School, attracting the attention of some colleges
This man was director of the New York Life Insurance Company and wrote a syndicated newspaper column
This man graduated from Texas State and worked in Welly Hopkins' campaign for Congress
This son of a wall street banker entered elementary school in Greenwich, Connecticut
After finishing the eighth grade in Connecticut, this man spent his summer in Hyannis, Massachusetts
This man advocated a laissez-faire solution to the economic woes that had carried over from 1929
This man courted the support of Tammany Hall in his reelection bid to remain New York's governor
This man lived in Missouri, keeping from the public eye and occasionally struggling to make ends meet
This man flew F-102s while serving in the Texas Air National Guard
This man campaigned for reelection as Governor of California, a state where he had gained popularity as a film actor
This man, just returned from a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, enrolled at Yale to study law
This lame duck Congressman from Texas prepared to assume the American ambassadorship to the UN
This man was busy running for Governor of Georgia, making countless campaign stops while operating his peanut farm
This man, capitalizing on voters' environmental awareness, established the EPA and witnessed the first Earth Day from the White House
This man attended elementary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, having moved from Hawaii three years prior
This man, in his 21st year as Congressman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was in his fifth year as House Minority Leader
This man wrote his memoirs and worked on his Presidential Library from his ranch in Stonewall, Texas
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Jul 10th, 2012 at 16:31 GMT
I chose the three dates above to avoid all of the gilded age and antebellum presidents. I didn't want this to become a quiz where you had to cycle through Polk, Tyler, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Harrison, Cleveland, Garfield, Johnson etc. for every question.
Jul 10th, 2012 at 18:06 GMT
Cool concept. I love the inclusion of former Presidents. Only suggestion I might have is to shuffle them out of alphabetical order. I was able to get the last few by that alone.
Jul 10th, 2012 at 19:05 GMT
Jul 11th, 2012 at 15:20 GMT
Agreed on the alphabetical order thing.
Jul 12th, 2012 at 12:56 GMT
Great idea for an excellent quiz, many thanks!
Jul 13th, 2012 at 01:52 GMT
Great quiz! I would only suggest that you add something in the description saying some presidents may show up more than once.
Jul 15th, 2012 at 21:36 GMT
I want to cycle through gilded age presidents! Some of the missing presidents did really interesting things, and some of us know enough that we wouldn't just be randomly guessing.
Jul 18th, 2012 at 05:18 GMT
Neat quiz, especially the ones who show up at different points in their lives. Agree about shuffling through the Gilded Age presidents, thanks.
Jul 18th, 2012 at 12:27 GMT
very nice idea using some lessor known (some well known) trivia about our history, five globes from me!
Jul 18th, 2012 at 18:16 GMT
It's a myth that Hoover advocated laissez-faire. He created several public works programs and pressured businesses against cutting wages, and was an ardent critic of laissez-faire. In fact, Raymond Moley, one of FDR's top advisers, said that FDR's New Deal was inspired by programs created by Hoover: "When we all burst into Washington after the inauguration, we found every essential idea enacted in the 100-day Congress in the Hoover Administration itself." Another FDR adviser, Rexford Tugwell, said, "Practically the whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs that Hoover started."
Jul 19th, 2012 at 20:57 GMT
Great quiz! One picky point: Truman, however, never lived in Wallace, MO. In the Wikipedia article "Wallace home" is referring to the name of the house in which he resided in Independence, MO (Wallace being the maiden name of his wife, Bess). Here's the article about the Truman Home: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman_National_Historic_Site
Jul 19th, 2012 at 23:53 GMT
Good concept. I would suggest more variety in the presidents and less time however.
Jul 22nd, 2012 at 05:46 GMT
Jul 31st, 2012 at 00:12 GMT
Just say Nixon graduated in Whittier, please (@ my HS)
Aug 10th, 2012 at 17:28 GMT
Aug 18th, 2012 at 16:53 GMT
I was shocked to get them all. Good quiz, also loved the ex president inclusions.
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