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Mr. President, If You Please...
"Some presidents would rather be called "Mr. President" instead of their birth names or nicknames. This quiz is a tribute to presidents whose names were changed before they entered office, or weren't changed and were ridiculed."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
William Blythe III was born in Hope, Arkansas, to Virginia Cassidy and William Blythe, Jr. Unfortunately, Blythe Jr. died in a car accident three months before his son was born; the future president then took the last name of his stepfather. Which 20th-century president changed his name from Blythe?
William Howard Taft
William Henry Harrison
HL Mencken coined the term "Gamaliel-ese" to sardonically mock the speech patterns of a twentieth-century president, who frequently made verbal gaffes. Which president's middle name of Gamaliel is abbreviated in most history books?
It's fairly common knowledge that President Gerald Ford was born as "Leslie", but the rest of his name was also rather demeaning. What was his full birth name?
Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
Leslie Will Killian, Jr.
Leslie Rebecca Smith, Jr.
Leslie Mel Badd, Jr.
This politician never had to change his potentially damaging name before running for president because he never ran for the office: he succeeded to it upon the death of his predecessor, Zachary Taylor. Which president got his full name from the last names of his parents Phoebe and Nathaniel?
Chester A. Arthur
This president changed his name before he ever considered running for president, but it might have been one of the reasons that he won election despite his utter lack of political experience. Which president, with the given name of Hiram, inadvertently changed his name and initials to make them sound patriotic?
James K. Polk
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ulysses S. Grant
Harry S. Truman
Sometimes it's the middle names that can be an embarrassment. Which twentieth-century president took his mother's middle name "Milhous", but probably wasn't called that in the White House?
Stephen was the given name of a 19th-century president who used his middle name during his adult life, despite the strangeness of that name in modern usage. Which president (who was NOT named after an Ohio city) was only the third person, after Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, to lose to and then defeat (in that order) the same man for the presidency?
Named after his father, this president didn't have a problem with his name, but the media certainly did. After the controversial election of 1876, what did Democratic newspapers call the Republican winner, as a pun on his name?
James A. Garstealed
Rutherfraud B. Hayes
Cheater A. Arthur
After abandoning his first name of "Thomas", which twentieth-century president adopted his strange middle name as an alliteration to his last name?
President Barack Obama was attacked in the 2008 presidential election for his middle name, which means "beautiful" or "good" in Arabic. What is his middle name, which led to completely inaccurate claims of the president being Muslim?
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