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#AmericanTrivia In March 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C. How did he break precedent after his inauguration?

In March 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C. How did he break precedent after his inauguration?

Jefferson sent his first annual message to Congress in written form rather than in person. Presidents sent their annual messages to Congress in writing until 1913, when Woodrow Wilson read his State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Federalist candidates President John Adams and Charles Pinckney ran against Democrat-Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in the election of 1800. What was the unusual result?

Federalist candidates President John Adams and Charles Pinckney ran against Democrat-Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in the election of 1800. What was the unusual result?

Jefferson and Burr tied in the Electoral College. The House of Representatives, charged with deciding the outcome of the election, went through 36 ballots before they elected Jefferson president. Burr became vice president.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What may have been George Washington’s greatest gift to the newborn United States of America?

What may have been George Washington’s greatest gift to the newborn United States of America?

George Washington might have chosen to become King George I of the United States instead of president, but he had faith in the future of our democracy.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia George Washington died on December 14, 1799. What words from his eulogy are still familiar today?

George Washington died on December 14, 1799. What words from his eulogy are still familiar today?

Henry Lee, Washington’s eulogist, said he was “first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia A disagreement with France and an undeclared war from 1798 to 1800 brought about an important change. What was it?

A disagreement with France and an undeclared war from 1798 to 1800 brought about an important change. What was it?

On May 3, 1798, the Navy Department was established. Benjamin Stoddart was named the first Secretary of the Navy.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia George Washington declined an opportunity for a third term as president. What did he recommend in his farewell address in 1796?

George Washington declined an opportunity for a third term as president. What did he recommend in his farewell address in 1796?

Washington warned against the danger of the party system, the importance of cherishing public credit, and the problems of permanent alliances with foreign countries.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia In July 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania started a “whiskey rebellion.” Why?

In July 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania started a “whiskey rebellion.” Why?

One of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s first acts was to institute a tax on distilled spirits. Farmers often converted their surplus grain to profitable whiskey. They rebelled against the tax, but lost.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What was the main problem that the first Secretary of the Treasury had to solve?

What was the main problem that the first Secretary of the Treasury had to solve?

Alexander Hamilton had to deal with debt owed to the French and the Dutch (approximately $12 million) and domestic debt of more than $44 million resulting from the war.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What was the first executive department created in the government and who headed it?

What was the first executive department created in the government and who headed it?

Thomas Jefferson was appointed to be the first head of the Department of State. He was responsible for American foreign affairs.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia The first US Congress convened without a quorum. Most of the members were still on route to New York. How many were in attendance?

The first US Congress convened without a quorum. Most of the members were still on route to New York. How many were in attendance?

Eight of 22 Senators and 13 of 59 Representatives attended on March 4, 1789. By April, the House and the Senate settled down to business with a quorum.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.