Posted by: Jack Henry | July 1, 2016

Editor’s Corner: July 4 and Presidents of the U.S.

Hello and happy Friday!

My dear friend, Ron, left a copy of this article about U.S. presidents on my desk. Since the next Presidents’ Day is in February 2017, I thought now would be the second most appropriate time to share this with you, since the Independence Day is coming soon.

This article about presidential names is by Richard Lederer, from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Ulysses S. Grant, our 18th president, came into this world as Hiram Ulysses Grant. When his name was mistakenly entered on the West Point register as Ulysses Simpson Grant , he eagerly embraced the error because he detested the initials H.U.G. and loved having the initials U. S. , as in “United States,” “Uncle Sam” and “Unconditional Surrender.”

Using the nicknames below, identify the real name of each American president. The answers repose at the end of this column.

1. The Great Emancipator

2. Old Hickory

3. The Father of His Country

4. The Sage of Monticello

5. Ike

6. The King of Camelot

7. Tricky Dicky

8. Silent Cal

9. Tippecanoe

10. Old Rough and Ready

11. The Gipper

12. The New Dealer

13. The Rough Rider

14. Big Bill

15. The Bachelor President

Presidents have more than their share of intriguing middle names. Two of them—Ronald Wilson Reagan and William Jefferson Clinton—match the last names of two of their predecessors. Using each middle name listed, identify the full name of each American president:

1. Abram

2. Baines

3. Birchard

4. Delano

5. Fitzgerald

6. Gamaliel

7. Hussein

8. Knox

9. Milhous

10. Quincy

Anybody can ascend to the presidency of the United States. Jefferson did it, Nixon did it and Truman did it. So any Tom, Dick and Harry can become president!

What is the most popular first name among presidents? The answer isn’t Tom, Dick or Harry. It’s James. Six presidents share that first name— Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield and Carter (the first president to use his nickname). Tied for second place are William with four—Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Clinton—and John with four—Adams, Quincy Adams, Tyler and Kennedy. Massachusetts is the birth state of three presidents named John—John Adams, John Quincy Adams and John F. Kennedy.

Despite 14 presidents with the first names James, John and William, 19 of our chief executives, starting with Thomas Jefferson and ending with Barack Obama, have first names not shared by any other in the office. Our next president will likely be the 20th.

For the remainder of the article, click here.

For the answers, scroll down a little. Enjoy the holiday!

Quiz 1 (Nickname) Answers:

1. Abraham Lincoln

2. Andrew Jackson

3. George Washington

4. Thomas Jefferson

5. Dwight Eisenhower

6. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

7. Richard Nixon

8. Calvin Coolidge

9. William Henry Harrison

10. Zachary Taylor

11. Ronald Reagan

12. Franklin Roosevelt

13. Theodore Roosevelt

14. William Howard Taft

15. James Buchanan

Quiz 2 (Middle Name) Answers:

1. James Abram Garfield

2. Lyndon Baines Johnson

3. Rutherford Birchard Hayes

4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

5. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

6. Warren Gamaliel Harding

7. Barrack Hussein Obama

8. James Knox Polk

9. Richard Milhous Nixon

10. John Quincy Adams

Kara Church

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