Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

See how well you know presidential history

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A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.

– President Bill Clinton

A Presidents Day quiz  for your Presidents Day weekend.

See if you can name these chief executives, who all visited Augusta at some point in their lives.

Three Williams

1. This president played golf here, remembered a friend here, and cast a large shadow everywhere.

2. This president came by twice, once before and once after his election. Was attorney general of his home state, later known for legal troubles of his own.

3. Famous for his minimal effort at campaigning, this president died in office but not before an Augusta visit that included an enormous crowd.

Three horsemen

4. Considered one of the best horsemen of his era. He got lots of practice, much of it under fire and in retreat.

5. Wounded as a young man in one of America’s most famous battles, he actually rode into Augusta on horseback to inspect our military facilities.

6. Rode with royalty. Liked to project a strong Western image. Still popular.

Two golfers

7. He came to Augusta so often to play that a residence was named for him. But so was a tree.

8. This one played golf in Aiken but watched baseball in Augusta.

Two educators

9. An overachieving Southern school teacher, his trip to Augusta did not go well. He was heckled.

10. The son of a preacher, a lawyer by training, he first gained notice as a college president, not a politician.


1. Big (330-340 pounds) Bill Taft honored his aide Archibald Butt with a bridge dedication.

2. Bill Clinton.

3. William McKinley campaigned from his front porch, but kept his election running smoothly by using the telephone.

4. George Washington.

5. James Monroe was wounded as a young soldier after crossing the Delaware and attacking Trenton.

6. Ronald Reagan rode with Queen Elizabeth.

7. That would be Ike. President Eisenhower loved to stay at Augusta National Golf Club. He did not love the pine tree on hole No. 17, which seemed to thwart his game.

8. Warren G. Harding, the only newspaper editor to be elected to the White House and (don’t laugh) considered one of our worst presidents.

9. Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texas teacher who became a legend in the U.S. Senate, was taunted during his local visit in 1964 because of his civil rights position.

10. That would be our “local boy” Woodrow Wilson, who grew up on Seventh Street near his father’s First Presbyterian Church. He went on to become president of Princeton University.

Why not drop by his old house Monday for a tour?


In honor of Presidents Day, admission discounts will be offered at The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson on Monday.

Visitors will receive one free admission when purchasing a regular admission ticket. Prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students through high school and free for children younger than 5. Tours will be given between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The home, at 419 Seventh St., is also open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (706) 724-0436.

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prov227 02/20/12 - 03:05 pm
My vote for best president is

My vote for best president is Warren G. Harding. He served and didn't foist us in to a war, didn't pass overwhelming legislation, let the "free" market be free for a term and didn't increase the size of government. If this makes him the "worst" president, then I'm for "worst". Wilson, our somewhat favorite son, signed in to law the national income tax and the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913, turning over a US Treasury function to a private cartel of mega-banks ... printing money at interest (and we're still bailing them out). Wilson later said it was the worst decision he could have made, that is, giving away our sovereignty and laying the groundwork for the destruction of our monetary system. Oh yes, he also put us in a war he campaign-promised to keep us out. We didn't need to shed blood in a European fight in WW I to bail out the moneylenders to Europe. Wilson needed to remain in academics; he was naive and controlled. My opinion, of course, but I think I'll pass on visiting his boyhood home. I did visit another Wilson boyhood home in Stanton, Virginia, years ago before I studied the results of his presidency. It is interesting how we, as a people, exalt "war" presidents over those who served while our nation was at peace. War is, with some exceptions, usually a failure of free trade, sovereignty, diplomacy and the person in the executive function.

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