Can You Name The President These VPs Served Under?

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For hundreds of years, presidents have stood as the leaders of the United States of America. While some presidents are easy for most of us to name, such as Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, others like Franklin Pierce or Martin Van Buren may be more obscure to some. Only true historians will be able to recognize vice presidents like John Tyler or Hannibal Hamlin. Take this quiz to see if you can name the presidents based on who their VP was.

Before he became the third US president, Thomas Jefferson served as VP for this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect When Thomas Jefferson lost to John Adams in the election of 1796, he took the next best seat as Adam’s vice president. Adams had served as the first US vice president under George Washington before becoming the second US president.
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Before he became the third US president, Thomas Jefferson served as VP for this president.

  • James Madison
  • George Washington
  • Andrew Jackson
  • John Adams
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Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel while serving as VP for this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Aaron Burr served as Thomas Jefferson’s president from 1801-1805, assassinating Hamilton in 1804. For Thomas Jefferson’s second term in office, Burr was replaced by George Clinton, who also served as VP for James Madison until 1812.
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Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel while serving as VP for this president.

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • John Adams
  • James Monroe
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John Garner was the first of three vice presidents to serve under this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Franklin D. Roosevelt holds the record for winning a whopping four presidential elections and serving from 1933 until he passed in 1945. His three vice presidents were John Garner, Henry A. Wallace, and Harry S. Truman.
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John Garner was the first of three vice presidents to serve under this president.

  • Harry S. Truman
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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James Sherman was nicknamed “Sunny Jim” while serving under this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect James Sherman served as vice president during William H. Taft’s single term, but passed away in 1912 before the next election. Sherman was so likable amongst conservatives that the public nicknamed him “Sunny Jim”
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James Sherman was nicknamed “Sunny Jim” while serving under this president.

  • William H. Taft
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William McKinley
  • Woodrow Wilson
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Millard Fillmore took over when this president passed away just a year after being elected.

Retry Correct Incorrect Millard Fillmore became the 13th president of the United States when President Zachary Taylor died in 1850, just a year after being elected. Fillmore was the last to be a member of the Whig Party while in the White House.
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Millard Fillmore took over when this president passed away just a year after being elected.

  • William H. Harrison
  • Franklin Pierce
  • John Tyler
  • Zachary Taylor
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Martin Van Buren cast four tie-breaking votes while serving under this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Martin Van Buren became Andrew Jackson’s vice president during Jackson’s second term from 1833 to 1837. Van Buren went on to be the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
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Martin Van Buren cast four tie-breaking votes while serving under this president.

  • Andrew Jackson
  • James K. Polk
  • James Monroe
  • William H. Harrison
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John C. Calhoun resigned from his VP position while serving for this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect John C. Calhoun resigned from his position as vice president just months before his term ended in 1832. Before running with Andrew Jackson, Calhoun was John Q. Adams’ VP from 1825 to 1829.
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John C. Calhoun resigned from his VP position while serving for this president.

  • John Q. Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • James Monroe
  • Martin Van Buren
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Richard Nixon gave his infamous “Checkers” speech while running for VP with this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect While running alongside Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 election, Nixon got into hot water regarding his campaign funds. While defending himself, he brought up one gift that he planned on keeping: his dog named Checkers.
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Richard Nixon gave his infamous “Checkers” speech while running for VP with this president.

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
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Hannibal Hamlin was the first of two VPs to serve under this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Hannibal Hamlin was such a disappointment while serving as Abraham Lincoln’s vice president that he even called himself the “most unimportant man in Washington.” Unsurprisingly, Lincoln replaced him with Andrew Johnson in 1864.
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Hannibal Hamlin was the first of two VPs to serve under this president.

  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Zachary Taylor
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
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Elbridge Gerry passed away while serving as VP for this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Elbridge Gerry became the fifth vice president of the US when he was elected alongside president James Madison in 1812. Gerry only served for a year and a half because he passed away in 1814.
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Elbridge Gerry passed away while serving as VP for this president.

  • James Madison
  • John Adams
  • John Q. Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
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Alben W. Barkley became the oldest VP in US history when he was elected with this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Alben W. Barkley became the oldest US vice president in history when he was inaugurated alongside President Harry S. Truman in 1949. Barkley was 71 years old at the time the pair entered office.
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Alben W. Barkley became the oldest VP in US history when he was elected with this president.

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Richard Nixon
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Hubert Humphrey worked under this president, who took over after JFK’s assassination.

Retry Correct Incorrect Lyndon B. Johnson took over the presidency when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. He was elected for a second term in 1964 with vice president Hubert Humphrey and remained in office through 1968.
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Hubert Humphrey worked under this president, who took over after JFK’s assassination.

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Richard Nixon
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VP Thomas R. Marshall was known for having an extremely strained relationship with this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect Thomas R. Marshall and Woodrow Wilson had such a strained relationship that Wilson’s advisors hid the president’s declining health from Marshall so that the vice president wouldn’t assume presidential duties.
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VP Thomas R. Marshall was known for having an extremely strained relationship with this president.

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Herbert Hoover
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John C. Breckinridge was the youngest VP in US history when he was inaugurated with this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect In 1857, John C. Breckinridge became the youngest vice president in US history at the age of 36. He served alongside president James Buchanan for a single term, losing to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election.
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John C. Breckinridge was the youngest VP in US history when he was inaugurated with this president.

  • Zachary Taylor
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • James Buchanan
  • Franklin Pierce
65%

Directly after serving as VP for Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton was VP for this other president.

Retry Correct Incorrect George Clinton was one of the country’s Founding Fathers, and served as the vice president during Thomas Jefferson’s second term. Clinton was re-elected as vice president in 1808, only this time his running mate was President James Madison.
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Directly after serving as VP for Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton was VP for this other president.

  • Andrew Jackson
  • John Adams
  • James Monroe
  • James Madison
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Richard Mentor Johnson was such a liability as VP that this president ran for re-election without a running mate.

Retry Correct Incorrect Though Richard Mentor Johnson was elected to office in 1836, the “vulgar” vice president was such a disaster that president Martin Van Buren ran for re-election without a running mate, losing to William H. Harrison.
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Richard Mentor Johnson was such a liability as VP that this president ran for re-election without a running mate.

  • James K. Polk
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
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George Dallas was the tie-breaking vote on the controversial Walker Tariff while serving under this president.

Retry Correct Incorrect George Dallas served as vice president for James K. Polk from 1845 to 1849. During his single term, he voted in favor of the Walker Tariff, which lost him support in his home state of Pennsylvania.
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George Dallas was the tie-breaking vote on the controversial Walker Tariff while serving under this president.

  • Zachary Taylor
  • Franklin Pierce
  • William H. Harrison
  • James K. Polk
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VP Schuyler Colfax was replaced by Henry Wilson during this president’s two terms.

Retry Correct Incorrect Schuyler Colfax served as Ulysses S. Grant’s first vice president from 1869 to 1873. In the 1872 election, Colfax lost his position to Henry Wilson, who served as vice president during Grant’s second term.
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VP Schuyler Colfax was replaced by Henry Wilson during this president’s two terms.

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • James A. Garfield
  • Ulysses S. Grant
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VP William A. Wheeler and this president won the 1876 election despite losing the popular vote.

Retry Correct Incorrect Though Vice President William A. Wheeler and President Rutherford B. Hayes had a good geographic balance, being from the East Coast and the Midwest, the pair lost the popular vote and decided not to run for a second term.
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VP William A. Wheeler and this president won the 1876 election despite losing the popular vote.

  • James A. Garfield
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Grover Cleveland
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John Adams was a leader of the American Revolution before becoming the VP for this president.

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Retry Correct Incorrect John Adams was not only the first vice president of the United States, serving under George Washington, but he was also the second president of the US. His son, John Q. Adams, was elected president in 1824.
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John Adams was a leader of the American Revolution before becoming the VP for this president.

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • James Madison
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry You could use a history lesson American History probably wasn’t your best subject in school. Not terrible, but not great You got a few answers in there, but the lesser-known names were a struggle for you. Did you skip a lot of classes in school? Your presidential knowledge is above average When it comes to US presidents, you probably know more names than most. You know US presidents like the back of your hand. Your thorough knowledge of those in the executive branch in quite impressive.
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