Stump the Historian

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kenneth Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About Nothing series including Don't Know Much About the Presidents, has his knowledge of U.S. Presidents tested by listeners.

Here's how it works: Call in with two truths and one lie about any US President - you'll have to do a little research - and Ken will try to guess which one is made up. Stump him, win a tote bag!


Kenneth C. Davis

Comments [9]

Amy from Manhattan

Washington was a frontiersman & a soldier? I heard on Oscar Brand's Folk Song Festival on Saturday night that George Washington's grandfather had large land holdings & that although George didn't inherit them (his older brother did), he was part of a fairly high societal class & hardly a frontiersman. He also didn't rise through the military ranks but took on his brother's commission after the brother died. (Unfortunately, I can't check my memory on this, because the show isn't set up to be played back.)

Feb. 21 2011 12:33 PM
MIke from Tribeca

Mike UWS -- It gets even stranger. Grant's FIRST name was originally Hiram.

Feb. 21 2011 12:02 PM
nick from brooklyn

Hi Mr Davis, Nick Messitte here (Colin's friend from High School)

Calvin Coolidge once told an old biddy at a cocktail party, "you lose". Why?

Feb. 21 2011 11:58 AM

Abe Lincoln

1. He and Salmon Chase were cousins

2. Was almost sniped by Confederates in Civil War.

3. He gave Mclellan a 3rd chance @ running the Army of the Poltomic.

#3 is false.

Feb. 21 2011 11:58 AM
Mike UWS

Would you politely confirm the actual name of President Grant? Specifically, his middle name was Hiram.

Feb. 21 2011 11:57 AM
MIke from Tribeca

Franklin Roosevelt is the answer to my Orson Welles question.

Feb. 21 2011 11:56 AM
Amy from Manhattan

So today is Washington's Birthday even though it's not Washington birthday.

Feb. 21 2011 11:54 AM
MIke from Tribeca

Which president, when greeting Orson Welles in the White House, quipped, "There are two great actors in America, and it is a fine thing we have met"?

Feb. 21 2011 11:48 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood actor. Ronald Reagan was a good president. Which is a lie?

Feb. 21 2011 11:31 AM

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