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Notable Americans of the 19th Century Quiz

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One of the most influential Americans of the 19th Century was what general and President who led the American Union's armed forces to victory in the Civil War?
Notable Americans of the 19th Century
Horatio Gates
Abraham Lincoln
Zachary Taylor
Ulysses S. Grant

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What American inventor known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park" is credited with inventing the lightbulb as well as the phonograph?
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Edison
Samuel Morse
Alexander Graham Bell

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What First Lady of President James Madison helped build up America's diplomatic presence and also famously saved important artifacts from the White House when it was burned?
Dolly Madison
Abigail Madison
Renee Madison
Lucretia Madison

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What is the name of the famous American author of such horror stories as "The Raven" and "The Telltale Heart"?
Walt Whitman
Ralph Waldo Emerson
O. Henry
Edgar Allen Poe

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What American entrepreneur made a successful business of selling blue jeans to miners in California during the state's famous gold rush?
Andrew Carnegie
John D. Rockefeller
Ambrose Bierce
Levi Strauss

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What American orator and abolitionist activist was famous for his autobiography which detailed the story of his escape from slavery and his subsequent life of activism?
Frederick Douglass
Booker T. Washington
W. E. B. DuBois
Hiram Revels

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What is the name of this nurse and advocate who helped found the first mental asylums in America and also campaigned for better treatment of the mentally ill?
Dorothea Dix
Susan B. Anthony
Eugenia MacNamara
Clara Barton

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What is the common name given to this American known for hosting a hugely popular Wild West Show that toured the world?
Bill Burgh
Billy the Kid
Buffalo Bill
Wild Bill

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What Oglala-Lakota war leader was famous for his war against the U.S. cavalry and particularly for his victory against General Custer at Little Bighorn?
Crazy Horse
Little Turtle
Chief Joseph
Pontiac

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What is the name of this woman nicknamed "Black Moses" because of the many people she helped save from slavery in the 19th Century?
Harriet Tubman
Sojourner Truth
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Clara Barton

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What American writer is famous for his leading part in founding the Transcendentalist Movement with his works like "Nature" and "Experience"?
Walt Whitman
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Washington Irving
Ambrose Bierce

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What Civil War hero majorly helped the Union win the Battle of Gettysburg with his stalwart defense of Little Round Top?
Zachary Taylor
William Sherman
Theodore Roosevelt
Joshua Chamberlain

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What 16th American President led the nation through the Civil War and helped end the practice of slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation?
Rutherford B. Hayes
Ulysses S. Grant
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln

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What man was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America?
Robert E. Lee
Jefferson Davis
James Longstreet
J. E. B. Stuart

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What is the name of this famous politician who became the first ever Black man to become a U.S. congressman during the time of the Reconstruction Era?
Hiram Revels
Booker T. Washington
George Washington Carver
W. E. B. DuBois

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What is the name of this activist for the rights of both women and Black Americans whose famous speech "Ain't I a Woman?" helped unite abolitionists and feminists around the cause of ensuring individual rights for all people.
Corinne MacNamara
Sojourner Truth
Antonia Walsh
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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What seventh President of the United States practically built the original conservative Democratic Party with his policies of limiting the government's authority and was also responsible for the Indian Removal Act?
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Johnson
James Monroe
James Buchanan

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What is the name of the infamous leader of the Tammany Hall political machine who corrupted American politics through his use of patronage?
Boss Tweed
Boss Edmund
Mister Sellers
Mister Thompson

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What famous suffragette was arrested for trying to vote and used this publicity to rally women to campaign for their right to vote?
Susan B. Anthony
Dorothea Dix
Clara Barton
Betsy Ross

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What famous officer proficiently commanded American forces during the Mexican-American War and also led the Union Army in the years leading up to the Civil War?
Winfield Scott
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
George Pickett

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What famous author wrote such American classics as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?
Mark Twain
O. Henry
William Faulkner
Henry David Thoreau

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What American military officer and future President became a national hero when he led the Rough Riders to win the Battle of San Juan Hill?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
James Polk
Zachary Taylor

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What is the name of this American inventor known for his advancements in the field of alternating current electricity and his theories on the wireless transfer of electricity?
Thomas Edison
Nikola Tesla
Orville Wright
Maxwell Sumner

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What is the name of the American scholar and activist who wrote Up from Slavery and helped lead the Tuskegee Institute?
Booker T. Washington
W. E. B. DuBois
Michael Kieran
George Washington Carver

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What famous Lakota Chief led his people through their war of resistance against the U.S. Cavalry until he retired to a life of traveling with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show?
Blue Jacket
Chief Joseph
Sitting Bull
Little Turtle

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What American inventor created the single-wire telegraph system and helped to install this system across the American continent?
Alexander Graham Bell
Samuel Morse
Nial Zurich
Louis Burgeron

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What mogul nicknamed "The Commodore" expanded the American railroad system through his namesake company?
J. P. Morgan
John D. Rockefeller
Andrew Carnegie
Cornelius Vanderbilt

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What is the name of the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie who ended up becoming one of the most successful American officers of the War of 1812?
Ambrose Burnside
Edward Braddock
Andrew Jackson
Oliver Hazard Perry

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What is the name of the famous Civil War nurse who founded the American Red Cross?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Abigail Adams
Clara Barton
Angela Simpson

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What is the name of the legendary American author who wrote the Transcendentalist masterpiece Walden?
Henry David Thoreau
Walt Whitman
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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