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Designed University of Virginia
Served on Board of Trustees of Amherst College/Chaired Railroad Commission
Chancellor of University of Buffalo/Ran as American Party Candidate
Elected to House of Representatives from Massachusetts
Wrote 10 books/Made 5 trips to China
Wrote memoirs/Received first Medicare Card
Elected to U.S. Senate from Tennessee
Took triumphant world tour/Dined with Queen Victoria
Chaired the Virginia Peace Convention
Took African Safari/Ran as Bull Moose Candidate
Chaired Executive Reorganization Commission
Received Nobel Peace Prize for advancing human rights
Served on Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University
Re-elected to the Presidency
Retired to Mt. Vernon
Served as fellow of the American Enterprise Institute
Ran as Free Soil Candidate
Humanitarian relief/Met with reclusive N. Korean leader
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
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Jun 5th, 2010 at 03:56 GMT
Truman had the first Medicare card. social Security began in the 1930s.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 04:01 GMT
Absolutely right, cocky. I even have Medicare written in my notes. I just transcribed it wrong. Thanks for catching it.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 15:43 GMT
Excellent idea. Well done.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 16:12 GMT
Thanks, Theron. Once I sat down to put the info together I was really surprised at how many didn't have a retirement at all. I'm always conscious of the Presidents who were assassinated, but not so much so of those who died of natural causes while in office or very, very shortly after leaving office. Others retired to a quiet life following their public service and so are not included here.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 16:22 GMT
Very good quiz. Just out of curiousity, is your name supposed to be pronounced Hedgeman, or softer like it's spelled, or in a Spanish way like HeyMan. lol. Always wondered.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 16:35 GMT
@godpaul25- My last name is the VERY Polish 'Hejmanowski', in which the 'j' is silent. Perhaps because of that, friends in school called me and my older brother "Hejman" or just "Hej" with the 'j' pronounced emphatically as in "Hedge" like you noted. But enough about me- how about them dead/retired Presidents!?!
Jun 5th, 2010 at 16:47 GMT
Great quiz! An even more interesting fact about John Tyler, though, is that he was elected to serve in the Confederate House of Representatives, even though he died before being able to physically serve.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 16:56 GMT
Thanks jmsatira! I thought it best to pick between the Virginia Peace Convention and the Confederate House since they were so close together in time. I erred on the side of peace. Another fascinating fact about Tyler- he buried his horse with a gravestone that reads ""Here lies the body of my good horse 'The General.' For twenty years he bore me around the circuit of my practice and in all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same." Thankful that my practice doesn't require me to ride circuit on horseback!
Jun 5th, 2010 at 17:25 GMT
Technically, Fillmore served as the chancellor of UB before becoming President, so he didn't found the school post-presidency.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 17:32 GMT
@sabresfan- Oh, my that's embarrassing, seeing as how I'm from Buffalo originally. I'll change it to note that he was chancellor of UB after his presidency as well.
Jun 5th, 2010 at 18:28 GMT
I thought McKinley was head of Buffalo, pieces of it are still there. BOO! *dodges rotten fruit*
Jun 5th, 2010 at 22:10 GMT
@Troublemaker I was puzzled about your comment for a moment considering McKinley didn't do much of anything after his last moments as President except, you know, lie in a coffin, but then I got it. Well done, sir.
Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:21 GMT
Cool quiz. I did this one back to back with my "Before They Were President" quiz for the fun of it.
Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:24 GMT
Yours is a great quiz, erant. No way that I could include as many answers though, since many of the presidents didn't have an 'after'. Glad to hear you liked this one. @Troublemaker- Boo! Of course, anytime anyone takes about a president being 'head of' anything I think of James Garfield who was president of my undergraduate alma mater, Hiram College. A few years ago they moved a statute of him to the campus and someone stole the head. They eventually found and reattached it, but for some time there was a headless Garfield statute there.
Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:45 GMT
Too bad he couldn't Hiram coming. Ok I'll stop. Keep up the great quizzes bro.
Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:05 GMT
Excellent! Sometimes the pleasures of Sporcle are as much in what you don't know--and never even thought to ask--as what you do know.
Jun 7th, 2010 at 20:01 GMT
Very intriguing Hejman. Well done, from a fellow Buffalo native.
Jun 9th, 2010 at 02:44 GMT
Depressing how often I tried answering McKinley or Garfield before realizing that neither of them did much at all in retirement.
Game published: Jun 28th, 2010 at 16:30 GMT
Jun 28th, 2010 at 16:59 GMT
FYI: The title is simply "Chief Justice of the United States." @jmsatira - Three other Tyler facts: he's the only person to have served as president, vice president, governor, and in both houses of Congress; he's the only former president to be named a sworn enemy of the United States; and he's buried less than 50 feet from James Monroe.
Jun 28th, 2010 at 17:15 GMT
You should add William Henry Harrison, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy. Oh wait...
Jun 28th, 2010 at 17:32 GMT
Here in Pedants' Corner, we would like the removal of the full stop after the "S" of Harry S Truman
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Jun 28th, 2010 at 17:40 GMT
I got them all with time to spare. Some of them were pure guesses gotten by trial and error, even though I knew most of them. Maybe a little less time. But it may be a struggle for others. So maybe we should keep the time as is.
Jun 28th, 2010 at 17:50 GMT
Wow! Didn't expect to see this quiz on the front page- thanks Sporcle! I'd say that I'm in Sporcle heaven this month, but that makes me wonder if there's a Sporcle purgatory. And if I'm wondering out loud about that, then I'd have to wonder what Sporcle Purgatory would be called. Sporcatory? Purgacle? Spurgatorcle? And by then I'd just be getting ridiculous, so I'll quit while I'm ahead. As to the "S" in Truman's name, I put the dot after the S since Truman himself signed it that way: http://www.qotd.org/sigs/Truman_Harry_S.png
Jun 28th, 2010 at 17:59 GMT
If there is a Sporclgatory I think I'm in it. In mid-May I had 3 editors picks and a publication, but I must have done something wrong in the meantime. I have started noticing that a smaller group of users are getting more quizzes published, although I might be imagining it. [/whining]
Jun 28th, 2010 at 18:00 GMT
I can't decide what would be worse: Spurgatorcle or just regular Purgatory.
Yes, Hejman is correct to include the period after the 'S'. That issue has been debated on Sporcle so many times that I just started leaving out his middle initial altogether in my quizzes.
Jun 28th, 2010 at 18:04 GMT
@hscer- You're "Presidential ultra close-ups" is among my favorite quizzes. Keep 'em coming. @LTH You were the first one who pointed out to me that Truman himself put the dot/period/full stop there. If it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me.
Jun 28th, 2010 at 18:49 GMT
Had to guess on the Hoover one. Just ran through possible ones till I got it
Jun 28th, 2010 at 18:53 GMT
Also add "Watches World Cup non-stop" to Bill Clinton.
Jun 29th, 2010 at 04:50 GMT
Great quiz...nice mix of pretty much obvious clues, clues that can be figured out with geography/time period, and a couple that require a bit of guessing.
Jun 29th, 2010 at 13:48 GMT
It's actually University at Buffalo, not University of Buffalo. It's one of those weird ones.
Jun 29th, 2010 at 15:09 GMT
@LanceUppercut- Ah yes, the SUNY schools are all 'State University of New York AT..." You'd think, as close to UB as I lived for 18 years, I would have remembered that.
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 22:40 GMT
And I thought University of Buffalo was a private university.
Jul 5th, 2010 at 16:22 GMT
Could have had a good one for Polk: "Died three months after leaving office."
Sep 23rd, 2010 at 03:51 GMT
how did harry truman receive the first medicare card when medicare did not go into effect until 1965? and agree, there is no "chief justice of the us supreme court", only a chief justice of the united states.
Sep 23rd, 2010 at 11:44 GMT
@daddycool- Because Harry Truman didn't die until 1972.
Jun 1st, 2011 at 04:08 GMT
Harrison, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley etc.: Chilling with Jesus
Aug 4th, 2011 at 04:39 GMT
@zertrudetrout The record on this issue seems pretty clear in favor of the "full stop". My dictionary defines pedant as 'one who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously'. The definition does not encompass one's lack of learning. Btw you are really asking for the removal of the full stop in Harry S. Truman since there is no full stop in Harry S Truman.
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