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#AmericanTrivia President Thomas Jefferson sent his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. What did they find?

President Thomas Jefferson sent his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. What did they find?

Between 1803 and 1806, Lewis and Clark walked 8,000 miles from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back again. They contacted Indian groups, added to scientific knowledge, and proved that it was possible to cross America overland.

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.

#AmericanTrivia The United States paid approximately 4¢ an acre for the Louisiana Purchase. Besides Louisiana, what did it comprise?

The United States paid approximately 4¢ an acre for the Louisiana Purchase. Besides Louisiana, what did it comprise?

The Louisiana Purchase comprised what later became Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and parts of Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming.

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.

#AmericanTrivia Napoleon’s plan to revive the French colonial empire in North America alarmed President Thomas Jefferson. What did Jefferson do?

Napoleon’s plan to revive the French colonial empire in North America alarmed President Thomas Jefferson. What did Jefferson do?

President Jefferson sent James Monroe to France in 1803. Monroe negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. The US paid approximately $15 million for 828,000 square miles of territory, more than doubling the size of the US.

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.

#AmericanTrivia The Marine Hymn mentions the “Shores of Tripoli.” What links the Marines to Tripoli, Libya, and the First Barbary War in American history?

The Marine Hymn mentions the “Shores of Tripoli.” What links the Marines to Tripoli, Libya, and the First Barbary War in American history?

Yusuf Karamanli, leader of Tripoli, demanded tribute to “protect” American shipping in the Mediterranean. In 1801, President Jefferson sent the navy and marines to our first foreign war and the first time US marines saw battle.

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.

#AmericanTrivia Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?
Hamilton is quoted as saying Burr was “a dangerous man who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.” He was right. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and fatally wounded him.

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.

#AmericanTrivia Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Hamilton is quoted as saying Burr was “a dangerous man who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.” He was right. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and fatally wounded him.

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.

#AmericanTrivia Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans favored keeping government small. In 1802, the first year of Jefferson’s presidency, how big was the government.

Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans favored keeping government small. In 1802, the first year of Jefferson’s presidency, how big was the government.

In 1802, the federal government had 10,000 employees, including 6,500 in the military. Fewer than 300 worked in Washington D.C. The president and the Supreme Court each had one clerk. The Congress had 13.

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.

#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.

#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.

#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.