Presidents’ Day 2023

Presidents Day Trivia

Who were the sitting presidents during each American military conflict? There might be more than one – and there might be none.

1. American Revolution
2. War of 1812
3. Mexican-American War
4. Civil War
5. Spanish-American War
6. World War I
7. World War II
8. Korean War
9. Vietnam War
10. Persian Gulf War
11. Iraq War


1. None, but General George Washington led the fight and went on to become the first President.
2. James Madison
3. James Polk
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. William McKinley
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. Franklin Roosevelt & Harry Truman
8. Harry Truman & Dwight Eisenhower
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson & Richard Nixon
10. George H.W. Bush
11. George W. Bush & Barack Obama

Research Tip: Before you pay for access to a subscription website, check the U.S. National Archives (NARA) for military records up through the Civil War. I have found a number of pension files there, downloadable and free.

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