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Meet the Press -i-dents A Write On Activity How much do you know about the Presidents? Test your knowledge as we explore 5 of our country’s greatest leaders based on a 2001 U.S. Gallop Poll. 1. Ronald Reagan 18%

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Meet the Press -i-dents

A Write On Activity

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How much do you know about the Presidents?

Test your knowledge as we explore 5 of our country’s greatest leaders based on a 2001 U.S. Gallop Poll.

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1. Ronald Reagan 18%

  • Ronald Reagan, the “Great Communicator,” was the fortieth President of the United States

  • For two decades he acted in 53 movies.

  • In 1966 he was elected Governor of California.

  • He won the Presidential election in 1980

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1. Ronald Reagan 18%

  • Only 69 days after he took office, he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty.

  • In 1984 Reagan and Vice-President Bush won a second term.

  • At the end of his term, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity.

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2. John F. Kennedy 16%

  • At only 44 years of age, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth and youngest president of the United States.

  • After graduation from Harvard, Kennedy joined the Navy.

  • In 1943 he became a hero when his PT boat was sunk by the Japanese, and Kennedy, despite his injuries, led the other sailors to safety.

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2. John F. Kennedy 16%

  • After the war he became a Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts.

  • His Inaugural Address had the memorable line: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."

  • On November 22, 1963 Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet making him not only the youngest man to serve as President, but also the youngest to die.

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3. Abraham Lincoln 14%

  • Abraham Lincoln was the only President to serve at a time with our country was at war with itself.

  • Lincoln came from very poor beginnings but made extraordinary efforts to learn and worked hard.

  • In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator and lost.

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3. Abraham Lincoln 14%

  • As President he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared slaves forever free.

  • At the end of the Civil War Lincoln was encouraged Southerners them to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

  • He was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who supported the South.

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4. Bill Clinton 9%

  • Bill Clinton was only the second U.S. president to be impeached and was found not guilty by the House of Representatives.

  • During his term this country experienced the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, dropping crime rates, and reduced welfare roles.

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4. Bill Clinton 9%

  • Clinton graduated from Georgetown University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and received a law degree from Yale University.

  • He served as governor of Arkansas and became the President in 1993, serving two terms.

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George Washington 5%

  • Washington had two interests: military strategy and western expansion.

  • In 1754 he fought in the French and Indian War.

  • He bravely led his troops in the Revolutionary War but longed to retire to his fields at Mount Vernon.

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George Washington 5%

  • In 1787 the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President.

  • When Thomas Jefferson recommended the U.S. take sides in the French Revolution War, Washington refused and insisted upon a neutral course until the United States could grow stronger.

  • Washington died at Mount Vernon from a throat infection on December 14, 1799.

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Want to learn more?

  • Visit a link below and write a paragraph about your favorite President.

  • Reagan

  • Kennedy

  • Lincoln

  • Clinton

  • Washington

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Ronald Reagan

  • White House Ronald Reagan

  • Ronald Reagan Library

  • The Reagan Information Page

  • American Presidents: Reagan

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John F. Kennedy

  • White House Kennedy

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Home Page

  • Encyclopedia Americana:JohnF. Kennedy

  • American Presidents: Kennedy

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Abraham Lincoln

  • White House Lincoln

  • The History Place Presents Abraham Lincoln

  • Abraham Lincoln Online

  • American Presidents: Lincoln

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Bill Clinton

  • White House Clinton

  • Clinton Presidential Center

  • Encyclopedia Americana:BillClinton

  • American President: Clinton

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George Washington

  • White House Washington

  • George Washington

  • Encyclopedia Americana:GeorgeWashington

  • American President: Washington