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Ten Least Guessed U.S. Presidents

Name the ten least-guessed U.S. Presidents on the JetPunk's Name the Presidents Quiz.
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First submittedApril 6, 2017
Times taken24,890
Average score70.0%
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President
35%
Awarded the Presidency by a Congressional commission after
a disputed election
Rutherford B. Hayes
35%
Became President after the assassination of Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
36%
The last Whig President
Millard Fillmore
36%
Signed the Kansas-Nebraska act, which created "Bleeding Kansas"
Franklin Pierce
37%
Nominated in a "smoke-filled room", he is known for the Teapot Dome scandal
Warren Harding
40%
Considered one of the worst Presidents for failing to prevent the Civil War
James Buchanan
41%
Hero of the Mexican-American war, he died 16 months into his term
Zachary Taylor
41%
President during the Spanish-American War, assassinated in 1901
William McKinley
42%
Disparagingly known as "his accidency", he became President
after the death of William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
44%
His native language was Dutch
Martin Van Buren
56 Comments
+8
Level 44
Aug 15, 2017
Fun Quiz! harder than I excpected
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Level 77
Dec 5, 2020
That's the whole point. If it was easy, it would belie its purpose.
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2017
Another where i'd like to see the split for American takers and non American takers.
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Level 77
Jan 20, 2018
The non-Americans might have the edge there...
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2017
Apparently people who don't guess Chester A. Arthur have never seen Die Hard With a Vengeance.
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2018
That's how I always remember him too. And it's the anchor I use when I'm trying to order those presidents in the middle. 21 out of 42!
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Level 37
Mar 31, 2018
Same here. Thanks to Die Hard w/a Vengeance I shall never forget Chester A. Arthur, 21st President and a native New Yorker.
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Level 43
Jan 22, 2018
Always one of the first I remember because of this film. That's very interesting Jerry! 😉
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Level 87
Oct 6, 2017
Who knew that James K. Polk was guessed so much?
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Level 86
Oct 9, 2017
It seems fair, he has been an important president.
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Level 64
Jan 20, 2018
My page doesn't have that info. Where do you get it?
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Level 86
Jan 20, 2018
Here https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/name-us-presidents, Polk is the twelfth least guessed.
+5
Level 48
Jan 22, 2018
Fans of They Might be Giants. We are legion.
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Level 70
Mar 10, 2020
I always think of jackson pollock, then I get it.
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Level 70
Mar 10, 2020
And for taft I have to think of shaft first hah
+1
Level 61
Jan 3, 2024
for taft, I think bathtub
+6
Level 76
Oct 6, 2017
0/10

Well, I don't feel too bad considering the entire point of the quiz is that they're the least guessed

+4
Level 89
Oct 20, 2017
Poor Warren G Harding....least guessed of the least guessed. :(
+4
Level 89
Jan 20, 2018
...And now it's Rutherford B. Hayes
+4
Level 57
Dec 5, 2020
I’m surprised Hayes would be this less known. You would think people would know that he ended the reconstruction.
+3
Level 53
Dec 7, 2020
and he's on those obscure dollar coins
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Level 74
Apr 25, 2021
@Martinvanburen, every president is on those "obscure dollar coins"
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Level 81
Dec 6, 2017
Strange that McKinley makes this list. He was a fairly important president, I thought more people knew about him.
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Level 37
Dec 10, 2017
Being known by 47% of the quiz takers isn't bad. Especially since the only thing many remember about him is that he was assassinated.
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Level 46
Jan 21, 2018
I know. He even has mountain that used to be named after him that people still call the name that it used to be.
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2019
I almost missed him on this quiz, though he's got the highest stated percentage.
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2018
The Mediocre Presidents song from the Simpsons got me four easy answers... not a bad start.
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Level 67
Dec 5, 2020
There's Taylor, there's Tyler, there's Fillmore, and there's Hayes. There's William Henry Harrison, I died in thirty days!
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Level 70
Jan 20, 2018
And they're still the least guessed! 2/10.
+5
Level 86
Jan 20, 2018
Congratulations to Martin Van Buren for being the most guessed least guessed president!
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Level 65
Jan 20, 2018
Great quiz!
+2
Level 62
Jan 20, 2018
Someone should make a least guessed of this quiz
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Level 54
Dec 25, 2018
Pointless, there's only 10 here whilst on the other there's 44 names
+2
Level 58
Dec 7, 2020
Oh well, still made it

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1339849/least-guessed-presidents-of-the-least-guessed-presidents-qui

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Level 61
Dec 13, 2020
You absolute mad lad. You actually did it. Here, have a nomination.
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Level 68
Jan 20, 2018
I picked a good day to watch The Animaniacs... 😆
+2
Level 73
Jan 22, 2018
Got it with :02 left... thought I was dead meat.
+2
Level 89
Jul 5, 2019
Just like Taylor, McKinley and Harding.
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Level 47
Jan 23, 2018
10/10 1:23 left, very nice.
+1
Level 4
May 10, 2018
I got 8 right
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Level 54
Dec 25, 2018
To be fair on Buchanan, just about no-one could prevent succession and the war.
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Level 67
Dec 5, 2020
Someone probably could have, but it would take an exceptional president. The run of presidents from William Henry Harrison through Buchanan was all pretty bad, with the notable exception of Polk. Pierce and Buchanan were especially inept when the nation was teetering on the brink of war, but if we had more competent leadership in the twenty years preceding the war, a lot of things could have gone differently.
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Level 79
Dec 7, 2020
secession*
+2
Level 85
Dec 7, 2020
Yeah, the band-aid had to be ripped off. Just wish it had been sooner.
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Level 28
Feb 23, 2019
I’m surprised Coolidge isn’t here.
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Level 63
Mar 22, 2019
Got them all with 1:23 remaining. Easy hints, for another five points.
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Level 62
Nov 10, 2019
I didn't even read the clues. I just typed the ones I had the hardest time remembering when I was doing the quiz where you just name them. I got 9/10..missed Harding, which is of course the one I always Miss when I re-take it.
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Level 70
Mar 10, 2020
Interesting when you compare the guessed % and the correct %. Mckinley is hugely out of place and arthur is a bit too high, but other than that, they are mostly in order.
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Level 37
May 3, 2020
I love how the least guessed answer on this quiz is the #1 answer on the least guessed presidents quiz
+2
Level 47
Dec 5, 2020
I honestly didn't even read most of the clues, I just guessed which ones seemed like the least known.
+2
Level 52
Dec 6, 2020
The only reason I ever remember Hayes is because he's the protagonist of Karen Russell's very weird and very good short story 'The Barn at the End of Our Term,' in which several presidents have been inexplicably resurrected as horses in some kind of afterlife:

https://granta.com/the-barn-at-the-end-of-our-term/

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Level 65
Oct 3, 2022
You learn something new every day, I guess
+1
Level 51
Dec 6, 2020
100%!
+1
Level 51
Dec 7, 2020
James Buchanan is famously known as the worst US president for not doing enough to stop slavery and then the civil war began south vs north and then a US president election began and of course the well known Abraham Lincoln won so I didn't guess James Buchanan because of that reason of being known as the worst US president.
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Level 48
May 1, 2022
This quizz may create a paradox: every time a user atempts this quizz and guesses the presidents, then those presidents lose standing on the "least guessed presidents"...
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Level 58
May 22, 2024
i thought Hayes was well known