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Government: USA

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Early Days
Amendments to the Constitution
Miscellaneous
Secretaries of State

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Government: USA (general)

Early Days

Name given to the first two conventions of delegates from the 13 American colonies (Philadelphia, 1774 and 1775–6), which became the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution Click to show or hide the answer
Body that succeeded the Continental Congress following the Declaration of Independence, 1781–9; succeeded by the US Congress following the adoption of the Constitution Click to show or hide the answer

Amendments to the Constitution (selected)

First ten amendments to the US Constitution (completed 1789, ratified 1791) Click to show or hide the answer

1st amendment Click to show or hide the answer
2nd amendment Click to show or hide the answer
5th amendment Click to show or hide the answer
6th amendment Click to show or hide the answer
7th amendment Click to show or hide the answer
13th amendment (1865) Click to show or hide the answer
18th amendment (1919) – popularly known as the Volstead Act Click to show or hide the answer
19th amendment (1920) Click to show or hide the answer
21st amendment (1933) Click to show or hide the answer
22nd amendment (1951) Click to show or hide the answer
27th amendment (1992) – the last to date Click to show or hide the answer

Note: the 13th amendment was passed under Abraham Lincoln, but it was adopted under Andrew Johnson. It was passed by the Senate on 8 April 1864 and by the House of Representatives on 31 January 1865, and adopted on 6 December 1865. Lincoln was assassinated on 15 April 1865, and Johnson was sworn in on the same day.

Miscellaneous

Minimum number of electors, which the seven least populous states have in the Electoral College Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
US presidential term Click to show or hide the answer

US presidents must ... ... have been born in Click to show or hide the answer
... have lived in the USA for at least Click to show or hide the answer
... be at least (age) Click to show or hide the answer
Third in line for the US Presidency (after the Vice President) Click to show or hide the answer
Term of office for a Senator Click to show or hide the answer
Since 1845, US presidential elections have been held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in Click to show or hide the answer

Chief law officer and senior Government legal advisor Click to show or hide the answer
US equivalent of Hansard Click to show or hide the answer
US equivalent of Britain's Foreign Office Click to show or hide the answer
Symbol of the Democratic Party Click to show or hide the answer
Symbol of the Republican Party Click to show or hide the answer
Tune traditionally played to greet the President at official functions Click to show or hide the answer
Popular term for a president whose successor has been elected but has not yet taken office Click to show or hide the answer
Republican who supported Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the 1884 presidential election – hence any political neutral Click to show or hide the answer
US equivalent of Britain's Foreign Secretary Click to show or hide the answer
Movement within the Republican Party, founded following Obama's inauguration and his announcement that he would give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners; named after an event of 1773 Click to show or hide the answer
Day of the week on which US elections are always held Click to show or hide the answer
Presides over meetings of the US Senate (it's his only constitutional role) Click to show or hide the answer

Mayor of Palm Springs, California, 1988–92; Member of the House of Representatives for California' 44th District (part of Los Angeles), from 1995 until his death as a result of a skiing accident in 1998; had a No. 1 hit in 1965 with his then wife; also co–wrote Needles and Pins with Jack Nitzsche Click to show or hide the answer
Former astronaut: stood as Senator for Ohio, 1974–99; ran for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1984, but was defeated by Walter Mondale (who was defeated in Reagan's second victory) Click to show or hide the answer
Defeated candidate in the 2000 US Presidential Election: the first since 1888, and only the third in history, to win the most popular votes but lose out under the Electoral College system Click to show or hide the answer
Served as Senator for Massachusetts, from 1962 until his death in 2009 (making him the third longest–serving US senator in history) Click to show or hide the answer
Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978 – went on to be a famous television personality Click to show or hide the answer

Secretaries of State (selected)

2017– (Trump) Click to show or hide the answer
2013–17 (Obama) Click to show or hide the answer
2009–13 (Obama) Click to show or hide the answer
2005–9 (George W. Bush) – first African American woman Click to show or hide the answer
2001–5 (George W. Bush) – first African American Click to show or hide the answer
1997–2001 (Clinton) – first woman Click to show or hide the answer
1993–7 (Clinton) Click to show or hide the answer
1982–9 (Reagan) Click to show or hide the answer
1977–80 (Carter) Click to show or hide the answer
1973–7 (Nixon, Ford) Click to show or hide the answer
1961–9 (Kennedy, Johnson) Click to show or hide the answer
1953–9 (Eisenhower) Click to show or hide the answer
1949–53 (Truman) Click to show or hide the answer
1947–9 (Truman) Click to show or hide the answer
1933–44 (F. D. Roosevelt) Click to show or hide the answer
1925–9 (Coolidge, Hoover) Click to show or hide the answer

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