Isn’t quizzo the greatest? Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows what the “S” in Ulysses S. Grant stands for‡.
To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday. Answers after the jump.
This week’s trivia question: During his first inauguration speech, Barack Obama made a huge mistake when he said “Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.” What was it? (Hint: I’m not a birther, and the answer has nothing to do with the Articles of Confederation.)
Answer: There have been 44 Presidents, but only 43 Americans have taken the presidential oath: Grover Cleveland held two non-sequential terms as the 22nd and 24th President, with Benjamin Harrison holding the office in between. Thus, Obama was only the 43rd American to have taken the presidential oath.
Bonus Question: Benjamin Harrison’s grandfather was famous in his own right. Why?
Bonus Answer: Harrison’s grandfather was William Henry Harrison, the nation’s 9th President, hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, and the only University of Pennsylvania alumnus to become President. Amongst Presidents, WHH is best known as being that guy who gave his inauguration speech in the rain, catching pneumonia and dying a month later, giving him the shortest tenure of any President.
‡Nothing. Hiram Ulysses Grant’s appointment to West Point mistakenly listed his name as “Ulysses S. Grant” and the nickname stuck.