Presidential Trivia Answers

Question 1: The Kennedy Compound is located in which Barnstable village?

  1. Cotuit
  2. Centerville
  3. Hyannis Port
  4. Osterville

Answer: Hyannis Port

Question 2: The Gray Gables Railroad Station in Bourne was built for which President?

  1. James Garfield
  2. Grover Cleveland
  3. William McKinley
  4. Benjamin Harrison

Answer: Grover Cleveland, his summer home was in Bourne where the station was built and still resides.

Question 3: Mulberry Cottage is one of the oldest homes on Cape Cod. It was built in 1640 and is located in Barnstable. Which of the following Presidents is NOT related to original owner Samuel Hinckley?

  1. George H.W. Bush
  2. George W. Bush
  3. Bill Clinton
  4. Barack Obama

Answer: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush are 11th cousins due to their common relation to Hinckley.

Question 4: This President was the first to visit Martha’s Vineyard while in office.

  1. Ulysses S. Grant
  2. Theodore Roosevelt
  3. William Howard Taft
  4. Rutherford B. Hayes

Answer: Ulysses S. Grant.  He visited the island in 1874 and took in some summer fireworks from the roof of the home of his friend Dr. Harrison Tucker in Oak Bluffs.

Question 5: The First Trans-Atlantic wireless message was sent from the Marconi Station in Wellfleet. The message was a correspondence between the King of England and this president.

  1. Woodrow Wilson
  2. Calvin Coolidge
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Warren G. Harding

Answer: Theodore Roosevelt. The message was sent on January 19, 1903.

Question 6: After World War I, with it losing tremendous amounts of money, the Cape Cod Canal closed when the Belmont Company refused to take back control of the waterway. This future president helped facilitate the purchase of the Canal by the United States government.

  1. Calvin Coolidge
  2. Woodrow Wilson
  3. Warren G. Harding
  4. Herbert Hoover

Answer: Calvin Coolidge. The Governor of Massachusetts in 1921 facilitated the purchase but delays in appropriating the money and legal problems with land deeds pushed the official purchase back to 1928 when Coolidge was in office as president.

Question 7: The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown was officially dedicated by which president?

  1. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. William Howard Taft
  3. William McKinley
  4. Woodrow Wilson

Answer:  William Howard Taft dedicated the monument in 1910.  The cornerstone was laid by then-president Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.

Question 8: President Grover Cleveland has which of these named after him on Cape Cod?

  1. Bridge
  2. Rotary
  3. Lighthouse
  4. Golf Course

Answer: Lighthouse. Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse which sits approximately two miles offshore in Buzzards Bay was built in 1943 and named for the president because he used to fish in that area.

Question 9: This president visited Nantucket with the First Lady to visit their daughter who lived in Siasconset

  1. Ulysses S. Grant
  2. Chester A. Arthur
  3. William Howard Taft
  4. Woodrow Wilson

Answer: Woodrow Wilson, he visited the island aboard his yacht The Mayflower in 1917 along with his wife Edith to visit their daughter Jessie Sayre who lived in ‘Sconset.

Question 10: In 1961 John F. Kennedy signed a bill creating the Cape Cod National Seashore. Which of the following is NOT true about the Seashore?

  1. Chatham is a part of it.
  2. It is twice as big in size as Nickerson State Park.
  3. Over 1,000 shipwrecks have taken place in the sea running along the forty miles of the Seashore’s coastline.
  4. The Pilgrims first landed on its grounds.

Answer: The National Seashore at 43,607 acres in size is nearly 23-times larger than Nickerson which is 1,900 acres in size.


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