Be Safe and Happy on Washington's Birthday

Dwight Eisenhower talks to the troops during World War II.

The GoCertify home office is closed today in honor of the U.S. holiday of Washington's Birthday. We'll be back tomorrow (Feb. 19), with more of the all-around IT certification goodness that you crave. Until then, please enjoy the following quiz in honor of Washington and his presidential brethren, courtesy of our friends at Certification Magazine.


1) There have been four Presidents named John (Adams, Adams, Tyler, Kennedy), three named George (Washington, Bush, Bush), three named William (Harrison, Taft, Clinton), and two named Franklin (Pierce, Roosevelt). What is the only other first name that two or more presidents have in common, and how many presidents is it shared by?


2) Which four presidents died in office of natural causes?


3) Which four presidents were assassinated while in office?


4) Who is the only president to be married in the White House?


5) Who was the first president to be married while in office?


6) Which U.S. president is, to date, the longest-lived president?


7) Not including assassinated presidents, which president was youngest at the time of his death?


8) How many presidents were vice presidents prior to serving as president?


9) How many presidents served as generals is the United States Army prior to serving as Commander in Chief?


10) Who is the only U.S. president who never held rank in a branch of the U.S. military or was elected to political office before becoming president?




Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room of the White House.

1) There have been six presidents whose first name is James: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, Carter.


2) William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.


3) Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy.


4) Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room of the White House on June 2, 1886.


5) John Tyler married Julia Gardiner in 1844 after his first wife, Letitia, died of a stroke shortly after he took office.


6) George H.W. Bush, who died at age 94 years 171 days is the current record-holder. If Jimmy Carter lives until March 22 of this year he will set a new standard for presidential longevity.


7) James K. Polk died June 15, 1849, at the age of 53. James A. Garfield was assassinated at age 49, while John F. Kennedy was assassinated at age 46.


8) A total of 14 presidents were "a heartbeat away from the presidency" before taking over as chief executive themselves: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and George H.W. Bush.


9) A total of 12 men held the rank of general in the U.S. Army before becoming president: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Franklin D. Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


10) Donald J. Trump.


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