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Robert Gates

Who served as secretary of Defense under George W. Bush and Barack Obama?


Antonin Scalia

Who is the most senior member of the current U.S. Supreme Court?


Robert Byrd

Who served in the U.S. Senate the longest, from 1959 to 2010?


William Jenning Bryan

Who was a Democratic presidential candidate three times and Woodrow Wilson’s secretary of state?


Elena Kagan

Who is the latest appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court?



Who made the Louisiana purchase from Napoleon in 1803?


Who retired as head of the Federal Reserve in February of 2014?


Where is the CIA headquarters located?


Who was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995-98?


Who’s picture is on the $100,000 bill?






Bill of Rights: (established 1787)

  1. Freedom of the press, speech and religion
  2. The right to keep and bear arms
  3. The government cannot keep troops in homes
  4. Regulation of search and seizure
  5. Freedom from double jeopardy; the right to due process
  6. Right to a speedy trial and to call witnesses
  7. Right to trial by jury
  8. Excessive bail is prohibited; a ban on cruel and unusual punishment
  9. Enumeration of rights in the Constitution does not take away rights retained by the people (rule of construction)
  10. Rights not delegated by the Constitution are retained by the people


Additional Amendments

  • 11. Limits federal judicial powers
  • 12. Separate electoral ballots for president and vice president
  • 13. Abolishes slavery
  • 14. Rights of citizenship unabridged
  • 15. Race will be no exemption to voting rights
  • 16. Allows for federal income tax
  • 17. Allows for direct election of U.S. senators
  • 18. Prohibition
  • 19. Women’s suffrage (right to vote)
  • 20. Lame duck amendment (sets presidential inauguration day to January 20)
  • 21. Repeal of Prohibition
  • 22. Presidential two-term limit
  • 23. Citizens of the District of Columbia can vote in presidential election
  • 24. Bans poll tax
  • 25. Presidential succession and disability
  • 26. Voting age set to 18 years
  • 27. Wage rules for elected officials


George Washington’s Cabinet

  • Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton
  • Secretary of War Henry Knox (Fort Knox)
  • Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson
  • Attorney General Edmund Randolph


Prominent Cabinet Members

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward
  • Chester Arthur’s Secretary of War Robert Lincoln (Abe’s son)
  • Secretary of State from Maine, 1889-92 James Blaine
  • Wilson’s Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
  • First Secretary of Defense, 1947 James Forrestal
  • Eisenhower’s Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
  • Kennedy & Johnson’s Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
  • Kennedy and Johnson’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk
  • Ford and Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
  • Reagan’s first Secretary of State Alexander Haig
  • Reagan’s second Secretary of State George Shultz
  • Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger
  • G.H.W. Bush’s Secretary of State James Baker III
  • Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce, killed in plane crash Ron Brown
  • G.W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
  • Barack Obama’s first Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Barack Obama’s second Secretary of State John Kerry


Cabinet Divisions

Department of the Treasury

  • Customs
  • Secret Service
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms


Department of Transportation

  • Coast Guard
  • St. Lawrence Seaway

Department of Commerce

  • National Bureau of Standards
  • Census Bureau


Department of Agriculture

  • Food Stamps
  • Forestry


Department of Justice 

  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation


Department of the Interior

  • Bureau of Mines
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • National Park Service
  • Geological Service


Presidential Succession


  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • President Pro Tem of the Senate
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of the Treasury
  • Secretary of Defense


U.S. Supreme Court

Current Justices

  • John Roberts-Chief Justice (appointed by G.W. Bush)
  • Antonin Scalia (Judge for Watergate hearings, appointed by Reagan)
  • Anthony Kennedy (appointed by Reagan after Bork failed)
  • Clarence Thomas (appointed by G.H.W. Bush)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (appointed in 1993 by Clinton)
  • Stephen Breyer (appointed in 1994 by Clinton)
  • Samuel Alito (appointed by G.W. Bush)
  • Sonia Sotomayor (appointed by Obama, 2009)
  • Elana Kagan (appointed by Obama, 2010)


Previous Chief Justices

  • John Jay; 1789-95 (first chief justice)
  • John Marshall; 1801-35 (4th chief justice, longest-serving chief justice)
  • Roger Taney; 1836-64 (presided over Dred Scott Decision)
  • Salmon P. Chase; 1864-73 (presided over Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial)
  • William Howard Taft; 1921-30
  • Charles Evans Hughes; 1930-41
  • Earl Warren; 1953-69 (presided over Brown vs. Board of Education)
  • Warren Burger; 1969-86
  • William Rehnquist, 1986-2005


Other Justices


  • Oliver Wendell Holmes (The Great Dissenter)
  • Whizzer White (pro football player)
  • Harry Blackmun (wrote the opinion on Roe vs. Wade)
  • Thurgood Marshall (first Black justice)
  • Louis Brandeis (first Jewish justice)
  • William O. Douglas (Justice with the longest term on the court)

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