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Volume 30, No. 6 – June 2017

The President’s Message:

Thank you to everyone who brought snacks and soft drinks to the May meeting.  They were greatly appreciated.  Please sign the Forage List to bring refreshments to future meetings.  Mary Ellen will give the members on the sign- up sheet a reminder call a few days before the meeting.

Please tell friends, neighbors, and acquaintances about the Round Table.

Gerridine La Rovere

June 14, 2017 Program:

Our next speaker will be Philip Leigh.  His topic will be: Southern Reconstruction which is also the name of his upcoming book.  Mr. Leigh has published numerous works on the American Civil War.


May 10, 2017 Program:

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the members of the CWRT conducted a round table discussion.  The topic was the Fascinating Facts About President's Who Served in the Civil War.  Gerridine served as the moderator and the members present broke off into groups of two or three.


May 10, 2017 Program:

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the members of the CWRT conducted a round table discussion.  The topic was the Fascinating Facts About President's Who Served in the Civil War.  Gerridine served as the moderator and the members present broke off into groups of two or three.


Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James A. Garfield

Chester Arthur

Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley

Andrew Johnson

Abraham Lincoln

1. One president was another president’s grandfather. Identify them both.

2. What was the real full name of Ulysses S. Grant?

3. Which of the above presidents was arrested?

4. Who was the last president to be born in a log cabin?

5. Only one president never had any formal schooling. Who was he?

6. Which president served in the U.S. Senate after being president?

7. What president graduated from West Point?

8. Which president was married twice?

9. Who was president when electric lights were added to the White House?

10. Who made the first telephone call?

11. Who became president without having held previous elective office?

12. Which presidents achieved the presidency only by succession?

13. When was William McKinley elected president?

14. Five presidents were bearded. Name them.

15. Which president could write Latin with one hand and Greek with another?

16. Which future president was wounded four times during the Civil War and listed as dead?

17. What happened to former President Hayes when he was returning home from President Garfield’s inauguration?

18. Which president entered office as a widower?

19. Who was the first candidate to campaign by telephone?

20. Who was the first candidate to run a front porch campaign?

21. Which presidents were assassinated?

22. Which five presidents were born in Ohio?

23. Which president was a talented wrestler?

24. Who was known as the “Preacher President”?

25. Who was known as “The Gentleman Boss”?

26. Which president used profanity only twice in his life?

27. Whose wife was called Lemonade Lucy?

28. Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

29. Which president had the most children?

30. Who was the first First Lady to hold a college degree?

31. Who ended reconstruction policies Congress had imposed on the South?

32. Which presidents were not affiliated with an organized religion?

33. Which president was said to have the demeanor of a benign undertaker?

34. Who could have been saved by a nearby x-ray machine?

35. What president attended the first major league baseball game?

36. Who established the first National Park?

37. Which president had all of these careers- teacher, school principal, and lawyer?

38. Which president was left-handed?



  1. William Henry Harrison (9th President) was grandfather to Benjamin Harrison (23rd).

  2. Hiram Ulysses Grant.  He disliked the initials of his birth name and adopted the name a         Congressman erroneously gave him.

  3. Grant was arrested for driving his horse-drawn carriage too fast.  He was fined twenty dollars.

  4. Garfield who was born in Orange, Ohio in1831.

  5. Johnson. While indentured as a tailor, at night, he taught himself to read.

  6. Johnson, president from 1865 to 1869 and elected to Senate from Tenn. In 1875.

  7. Grant, class of 1843.

  8. Harrison.

  9. Harrison in 1891.

  10. Hayes had a telephone installed in the White House in 1879 but only the Treasury Department also had a phone.

  11. Grant.

  12. Johnson and Arthur.

  13. In 1896 and 1900. He was assassinated in 1901.

  14. Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, Hayes, and Harrison had beards while in office.

  15. Garfield.

  16. While in the Union Army Hayes was hit four times by shells and musket balls.  At the battle of Cedar Creek in Sept of 1864, he was wounded, had his horse shot out from under him, and erroneously reported as dead.

  17. His trained collided with another passenger train.  Two people were killed and over 20 injured.  Hayes was only slightly shaken up.

  18. Arthur

  19. McKinley in 1896.  He kept in touch with his campaign managers around the country from his home in Canton, Ohio.

  20. In 1880, Garfield became the first presidential candidate to run his campaign from his home.  A telegraph office was set up on his property in Mentor, Ohio and ran his campaign without touring.

  21. Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley.

  22. Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison, and McKinley.

  23. Lincoln.

  24. Garfield was at one time a lay preacher for the Disciples of Christ.  Nevertheless, he had at least one extramarital affair.

  25. Arthur won this left-handed compliment by running NYC’s corrupt customs Department with impeccable manners.  After becoming president, he turned on the system that help create him and introduced civil service reforms.

  26. It is said that during the Civil War he cursed a Confederate soldier out on the battlefield.  Years later, he used profanity when he discovered that his father’s body was stolen from its crypt and sold to a medical school.

  27. Lucy Webb Hayes earned that nickname.  She refused to serve alcohol or wine in the White House.

  28.  Grant and Julia Dent Grant.

  29. Hayes. Seven sons and one daughter. Birchard Austin (1853-1926), Webb Cooke(1856-1934), Rutherford Platt (1858-1927), Joseph Thompson(1861-1863), Charles Crook(1854-1866), Fanny(1866-1950), Scott Russell(1871-1923), Manning Force(1873-1874)

  30. Lucy Hayes.

  31. Hayes

  32. Lincoln and Johnson Grant-Meth. Hayes-Meth, Garfield -Disciples of Christ, Harrison-Presb., McKinley- Meth.

  33. McKinley

  34. McKinley.

  35. Harrison

  36. Grant, Yellowstone National Park

  37. Arthur

  38. Garfield


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