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Old 03-04-08, 01:15 PM
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Help with some political trivia

A week or so ago a newspaper mentioned that there were 2 presidents who were at one time [in their lifetime] held as a prisoner of war. If McCain was elected he would be third.

For the life of me I cant figure out which presidents in history were ever imprisoned. Anyone here know?

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Old 03-04-08, 01:18 PM
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George W. Bush
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Old 03-04-08, 01:20 PM
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Google finds Andrew Jackson.
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Old 03-04-08, 01:20 PM
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Old 03-04-08, 01:23 PM
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Andrew Jackson future president of the US fought at the Battle of Hanging Rock (North Carolina) at the age of 13 and was taken prisoner by the British.

And depending on how you want to interpret the question... Ronald Reagan was in the movie Prisoner of War.

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Old 03-04-08, 01:23 PM
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no other one? The paper said there were 2
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Old 03-04-08, 01:26 PM
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It's actually George W.

No, not that one. The one who was held as a POW during the French and Indian War in 1754.
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I hear JFK liked to play "sexy interrogator" from time to time with Marilyn.
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Old 03-04-08, 01:28 PM
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Well, for that matter... technically, Jefferson Davis was a prisoner of war.
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This reminds me of the bar bet about the first American president...
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I don't think George Bush, pere , was ever technically a POW, but he came close to being captured by the Japanese during WWII.

I think Andy Jackson and Taft are the right ones.
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Was I too cryptic?

George Washington was a prisoner of war during the French and Indian War. Andrew Jackson was a prisoner of war during the American Revolution.
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Was I too cryptic?

George Washington was a prisoner of war during the French and Indian War. Andrew Jackson was a prisoner of war during the American Revolution.

Maybe you could clear it up by calling it the Seven Years War.
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Old 03-05-08, 10:03 AM
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Jackson and Washington is the correct answer. Taft, I believe, never saw battle.

I didn't know de Gaulle, Churchill, and Mitterrand were all POWs. Churchill escaped.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
This reminds me of the bar bet about the first American president...
Van Buren?
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I didn't know de Gaulle, Churchill, and Mitterrand were all POWs. Churchill escaped.
Holy shit, we need to rescue the others!!!
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
This reminds me of the bar bet about the first American president...

That's a debate in itself - John Hanson or Samuel Huntington.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
That's a debate in itself - John Hanson or Samuel Huntington.
Hanson? No way. Samuel Huntington was the first President under the Articles of Confederation. And I could see the case for calling Peyton Randolph (first President of both the First and Second Continental Congresses) the first President of the U.S. But Hanson? No way!
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This was the recent Teen Tournament Final Jeopardy question:

The name of the man who gave the first tie-breaker vote in US Senate history.
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I'm sorry, wishbon3. You failed to phrase your response in the form of a question.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Van Buren?
Ding-ding! We have a winner. No more calls, please.
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Originally Posted by JasonF
I'm sorry, wishbon3. You failed to phrase your response in the form of a question.
Sorry Alex, "Who is Paul Giamatti as John Adams?"
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Ding-ding! We have a winner. No more calls, please.

I've never bought that answer.

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