Meet the Press -i-dents A Write On Activity
How much do you know about the Presidents? Test your knowledge as we explore 5 of our country’s greatest leaders based on a 2001 U.S. Gallop Poll.
1. Ronald Reagan 18% • Ronald Reagan, the “Great Communicator,” was the fortieth President of the United States • For two decades he acted in 53 movies. • In 1966 he was elected Governor of California. • He won the Presidential election in 1980
1. Ronald Reagan 18% • Only 69 days after he took office, he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. • In 1984 Reagan and Vice-President Bush won a second term. • At the end of his term, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity.
2. John F. Kennedy 16% • At only 44 years of age, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth and youngest president of the United States. • After graduation from Harvard, Kennedy joined the Navy. • In 1943 he became a hero when his PT boat was sunk by the Japanese, and Kennedy, despite his injuries, led the other sailors to safety.
2. John F. Kennedy 16% • After the war he became a Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. • His Inaugural Address had the memorable line: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." • On November 22, 1963 Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet making him not only the youngest man to serve as President, but also the youngest to die.
3. Abraham Lincoln 14% • Abraham Lincoln was the only President to serve at a time with our country was at war with itself. • Lincoln came from very poor beginnings but made extraordinary efforts to learn and worked hard. • In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator and lost.
3. Abraham Lincoln 14% • As President he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared slaves forever free. • At the end of the Civil War Lincoln was encouraged Southerners them to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion. • He was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who supported the South.
4. Bill Clinton 9% • Bill Clinton was only the second U.S. president to be impeached and was found not guilty by the House of Representatives. • During his term this country experienced the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, dropping crime rates, and reduced welfare roles.
4. Bill Clinton 9% • Clinton graduated from Georgetown University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and received a law degree from Yale University. • He served as governor of Arkansas and became the President in 1993, serving two terms.
George Washington 5% • Washington had two interests: military strategy and western expansion. • In 1754 he fought in the French and Indian War. • He bravely led his troops in the Revolutionary War but longed to retire to his fields at Mount Vernon.
George Washington 5% • In 1787 the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President. • When Thomas Jefferson recommended the U.S. take sides in the French Revolution War, Washington refused and insisted upon a neutral course until the United States could grow stronger. • Washington died at Mount Vernon from a throat infection on December 14, 1799.
Want to learn more? • Visit a link below and write a paragraph about your favorite President. • Reagan • Kennedy • Lincoln • Clinton • Washington
Ronald Reagan • White House Ronald Reagan • Ronald Reagan Library • The Reagan Information Page • American Presidents: Reagan
John F. Kennedy • White House Kennedy • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Home Page • Encyclopedia Americana:JohnF. Kennedy • American Presidents: Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln • White House Lincoln • The History Place Presents Abraham Lincoln • Abraham Lincoln Online • American Presidents: Lincoln
Bill Clinton • White House Clinton • Clinton Presidential Center • Encyclopedia Americana:BillClinton • American President: Clinton
George Washington • White House Washington • George Washington • Encyclopedia Americana:GeorgeWashington • American President: Washington