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U.S. Presidential Assassinations and Assassination Attempts

written by: denmother
 
Many U.S. Presidents have been the victims of assassinations or the targets of unsuccessful assassination attempts. How much do you know about these tragic acts?

Question 1:


Which U.S. President, nicknamed "Old Hickory," was the target of an assassination attempt at the Capitol building in 1835 by a house painter named Richard Lawrence?
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson

Question 2:


Which U.S. President, the first in the nation's history to be assassinated, died at Peterson House across the street from the site of his shooting?
Andrew Jackson
William McKinley
Abraham Lincoln
James A. Garfield

Question 3:


Which U.S. President, whose term was the second shortest in the nation's history, died in 1881, two and a half months after he was shot at a train station in Washington, D.C.?
Ulysses S. Grant
Chester A. Arthur
James A. Garfield
Rutherford B. Hayes

Question 4:


Which U.S. President, shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, might have survived if doctors had used a new medical device on exhibit at the fair that could have helped them find the fatal bullet?
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt

Question 5:


Which U.S. President, who had become President after the 1901 assassination of his predecessor, survived an assassination attempt more than three years after he left office?
Woodrow Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt
William McKinley
William H. Taft

Question 6:


Which four-term President's motorcade was shot at a month before he first took office, resulting in the death of the mayor of Chicago?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ronald W. Reagan
Harry S. Truman

Question 7:


Which President, who resided in Blair House during renovations to the White House, commuted the death sentence of the man convicted of plotting to assassinate him?
John Adams
Harry S. Truman
Martin Van Buren
Abraham Lincoln

Question 8:


Which U.S. President, the first Massachusetts native to hold the office in more than 130 years, was targeted by a would-be suicide attacker before his inauguration?
George H.W. Bush
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Calvin Coolidge

Question 9:


Which controversial President was the target of an assassination plot that involved hijacking a commercial airliner and crashing it into the White House?
William J. Clinton
Harry S. Truman
George W. Bush
Richard M. Nixon

Question 10:


Which President, never elected to the office, was the target of two assassination attempts within three weeks of each other, both by women?
Herbert Hoover
Gerald R. Ford
Theodore Roosevelt
Lyndon B. Johnson

Question 11:


Which U.S. President, during whose adminstration a U.S. Embassy in the middle east was seized, was supposedly targeted by Mexican assassins in an attack that never took place?
Ronald W. Reagan
Gerald R. Ford
William J. Clinton
Jimmy Carter

Question 12:


Which U.S. President, shot by a man who wanted to impress a film actress, was not the original target of the assassination plan?
Gerald R. Ford
Ronald W. Reagan
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy

Question 13:


Which U.S. President was targeted for assassination by a foreign leader three months after he left office?
Harry S. Truman
Jimmy Carter
George H.W. Bush
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Question 14:


During the administration of which U.S. President, the last to be given lifetime Secret Service protection, were three attacks carried out against the White House?
William J. Clinton
Jimmy Carter
Gerald R. Ford
George H.W. Bush

Question 15:


Which U.S. President was the target of an assassination attempt during a state visit to the former Soviet republic of Georgia?
Ronald W. Reagan
Richard M. Nixon
John F. Kennedy
George W. Bush

 


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