GOOD DEEDS: Quiz in Honor of Presidents’ Day

By William P. O’Donnell Norfolk County Register of Deeds

      One of the many prominent reasons that Norfolk County is considered a destination community to live and work can be attributed to its rich history. It is one of the oldest counties, founded in 1793, in the United States just five years after George Washington became president.

      Talking about presidents, did you know that Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 19th?  And that Norfolk County is known as the County of Presidents?  That’s right, four Presidents of the United States of America were born here: John Adams and John Quincy Adams (Braintree or Quincy depending on what community you are from), John F. Kennedy (Brookline), and George H.W. Bush (Milton).

      So, I thought a great way to salute these four Norfolk County Presidents was to know a little bit more about each of them. This is a fun quiz, so everybody gets an “A” for taking the time to learn more about these four Norfolk County-born leaders who held the highest office in our land.

Presidents’ Day Quiz

1.) He was considered by some historians to be the “Father of the Navy.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H. W. Bush

2.) He is the only U.S. president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

3.) He was the only U.S. president to serve in the Congressional House of Representatives following his presidency.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

4.) He was the only president of the four who picked a “Chief Justice” of the U.S. Supreme Court. Hint: It was considered by historians as a great selection.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

5.) He enrolled in the service on his 18th birthday, immediately after graduating from high school, and was the recipient of multiple medals at the age of 20.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

6.) He was the U.S. president who uttered the famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

7.) He was the only U.S. president to head a spy agency.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

8.) He said, “Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

9.) He was the second-youngest U.S. president to hold the office.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

10.) He created the U.S. Marine Corps Band.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

11.) He was famous for his work and advocacy of the Monroe Doctrine.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

12.) He was the only president among the four not to attend Harvard.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

13.) Famed historian David McCullough won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

14.) He once said, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

15.) Daily, he read six newspapers at his morning breakfast.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

16.) He stated, “The four most miserable years in my life were my four years in the presidency.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

17.) He was the President during the reunification of Germany.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

18.) His administration was known as the “New Frontier.”

A.) John Adams B.) John Q Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

19.) He was Secretary of State before his presidency and is considered a great one.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

20.) This president and wife exchanged more than 1,100 letters from the time of their courtship to the end of his presidency.

A.) John Adams B.) John Quincy Adams C.) John F. Kennedy D.) George H.W. Bush

Answers

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.