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#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.