Sunday, February 14, 2010

Presidential Addresses, Part 1 - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) John Adams (March 4, 1797). The elder Adams served as the United States Ambassador to Great Britain from 1785 to 1788.
  • A2) Thomas Jefferson (March 4, 1801). Four years later, Jefferson said, "In the transaction of your foreign affairs we have endeavored to cultivate the friendship of all nations, and especially of those with which we have the most important relations. We have done them justice on all occasions, favored where favor was lawful, and cherished mutual interests and intercourse on fair and equal terms. We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever found be inseparable from our moral duties."
  • A3) Andrew Jackson (March 4, 1833). Old Hickory's Jacksonian Democracy gave the right to vote to all white men rather than just landowners, embraced Manifest Destiny at the expense of Native Americans, and attempted to strengthen the Executive branch of the federal government and weaken the states.
  • A4) George Washington (April 30, 1789). The first presidential inauguration was also the latest in the year, giving Washington the shortest stint of any full two-term president. The standard inauguration date was changed to March 4 for his second term.
  • A5) Theodore Roosevelt (March 4, 1905). His paragraph concluded, "No weak nation that acts manfully and justly should ever have cause to fear us, and no strong power should ever be able to single us out as a subject for insolent aggression."
  • A6) Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 4, 1933). The Great Depression was in full swing when he offered his encouragement.
  • A7) James Monroe (March 4, 1817). Our fifth president's tenure is known as the Era of Good Feelings.
  • A8) Grover Cleveland (March 4, 1885). Our only president with non-consecutive terms used the term "weal" in the old sense of "welfare".
  • A9) Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925). Cal was a Republican and, mostly due to the country's prosperity, had easily overcome the splitting off of the Progressive Party to win election to a full term after succeeding Warren Harding.
  • A10) Woodrow Wilson (March 5, 1917). The U.S. would join World War I only one month after his Monday inauguration.
  • A11) Herbert Hoover (March 4, 1929). The stock market would crash less than eight months after these shortsighted claims.
  • A12) Abraham Lincoln (March 4, 1865). Just over a month later, the U.S. Civil War would officially end with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.

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