Jewish World Review July 25, 2002 / 16 Menachem-Av, 5762

Richard Lederer

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Presidential posers

Test your mastery of Washingtonia against our word maven. | Who was the first president of the United States? George Washington, of course. Really? Explore the history of our country, and you'll find that, the Articles of Confederation, though adopted by the Continental Congress in 1778, were not ratified by all the states until March 1, 1781.

The presidents of the Sessions of the Continental Congress after the Articles went into effect usually signed themselves as "President of the United States in Congress Assembled." Accordingly, the first president of the United States was one Thomas McKean, of Delaware. McKean was succeeded by seven other men before George Washington became the first President of the United States of America under the Constitution.

Now it's time to cast your vote for the correct answers to some questions about our American presidents:

Who was the first president born in a log cabin?

Who was the first president born outside the original 13 states?

Who was the last president born in one of the original 13 states?

What president almost became king?

What King became president?

From what law school did Abraham Lincoln graduate?

What two presidents won the Nobel Prize for Peace?

Who was the only president to become an Eagle Scout?

What president was born on July 4?

What three presidents died on July 4?

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JWR contributor Richard Lederer is a language maven. More than a million of his books, which have been Book-of-the-Month Club and Literary Guild alternate selections, are in print. He is the host of "A Way With Words," on KPBS, San Diego Public Radio, and a regular guest on weekend "All Things Considered." He was awarded the Golden Gavel for 2002 by Toastmasters International. Comment by clicking here.


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© 2002, Richard Lederer