48 U.S. History Trivia Questions for Team Building

March 23, 2023
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Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to boost camaraderie and collaboration within your team? Look no further, as we have put together a list of U.S. History Trivia questions that will ignite the competitive spirit amongst your colleagues while enriching their knowledge about America's fascinating history.

Trivia games are a powerful tool for team building as it combines teamwork, the exchange of ideas, and the thrill of competition. Our list of 48 questions spans the entirety of America's diverse history, from early American history to the nation's Presidents. As you embark on this exciting journey through time, your team will experience the joys of learning, collaboration, and friendly rivalry. So, gather your colleagues and get ready to put your collective historical knowledge to the test with these engaging trivia questions!

Early American History

Trivia Question # 1: What is the oldest European-founded city in the United States? (Answer: St. Augustine, Florida)

Trivia Question # 2: Who was the first European to land in the United States? (Answer: Leif Erikson)

Trivia Question # 3: What tribe was Pocahantas from? (Answer: The Powhatan Tribal Nations)

Trivia Question # 4: What year was the Jamestown settlement established? (Answer: 1607)

Trivia Question # 5: What was the name of the Pilgrims ship? (Answer: The Mayflower)

Trivia Question # 6: How many people were executed during the Salem Witch Trials? (Answer: Twenty)

Trivia Question # 7: What was the date of the Boston Tea Party? (Answer: Dec 16th, 1773)

Trivia Question # 8: How many people were killed during the Boston Massacre? (Answer: Five)

Trivia Question # 9: What were the laws that Great Britain enacted after the Boston Tea Party that limited Massachusetts’ right to govern itself called? (Answer: The Intolerable Acts)

Trivia Question # 10: When was the Declaration of Independence signed?  (Answer: August 2, 1776)

Trivia Question # 11: What was the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War called? (Answer: The Treaty of Paris)

Trivia Question # 12: Where was the Constitutional Convention held? (Answer: Philadelphia)

Trivia Question # 13: At what location did the Battle of Bunker Hill actually take place? (Answer: Breed’s Hill)

Trivia Question # 14: Who was the President of the Continental Congress? (Answer: John Hancock)

Trivia Question # 15: What was the agreement between the original 13 states, ratified in 1777, called? (Answer: Articles of Confederation)

Trivia Question # 16: How many children did George Washington father? (Answer: Zero)

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Trivia Question # 17: When was the first US dollar printed? (Answer: 1862)

Trivia Question # 18: Who led the first land expedition to the Pacific Coast? (Answer: Lewis and Clark)

Trivia Question # 19: When was the last time the Liberty Bell was rung? (Answer: 1846 for George Washington’s birthday)

Trivia Question # 20: What was the bloodiest single-day battle in US history? (Answer: The Battle of Antietam)

Trivia Question # 21: Who was the Confederate President during the Civil War? (Answer: Jefferson Davis)

Trivia Question # 22: On what date was the Emancipation Proclamation issued? (Answer: Jan 1., 1863)

Trivia Question # 23: What war was declared by James Madison? (Answer: The War of 1812)

Trivia Question # 24: What was the name of the act which removed at least 100,000 Native Americans from their homes? (Answer: The Indian Removal Act)

Trivia Question # 25: Which country gifted the United States the Statue of Liberty? (Answer: France)

Trivia Question # 26: What three wars did the United States fight in during the 1800s? (Answer: The War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and The Civil War)

Trivia Question # 27: Where did America’s first subway system open? (Answer: Boston)

Trivia Question # 28: On what date did Robert E. Lee surrender to Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War?  (Answer: April 9, 1865)

Trivia Question # 29: In 1903, the United States doubled in size after which event? (Answer: The Louisiana Purchase)

Trivia Question # 30: What was the name of the Vice President who had a pistol duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804? (Answer: Aaron Burr)

Trivia Question # 31: What is the name of the formerly enslaved woman who helped dozens of people escape via the underground railroad? (Answer: Harriet Tubman)

Trivia Question # 32: What was the name of the treaty that ended the War of 1812? (Answer: The Treaty of Ghent)


Trivia Question # 33: Who was the first president to declare war? (Answer: James Madison)

Trivia Question # 34: Who was the shortest-serving United States President? (Answer: William Henry Harrison)

Trivia Question # 35: Who was the first US President to be impeached? (Answer: Andrew Johnson)

Trivia Question # 36: Which was the first President not to own slaves? (Answer: John Adams)

Trivia Question # 37: Which President served as Vice President for his political nemesis? (Answer: Thomas Jefferson)

Trivia Question # 38: Which President served two non-consecutive terms? (Answer: Grover Cleveland)

Trivia Question # 39: Which President watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from his farm as a child? (Answer: John Quincy Adams)

Trivia Question # 40: Which president began his second inaugural address with the words, "With malice toward none; with charity for all?" (Answer: Abraham Lincoln)

Trivia Question # 41: What is the name of George Washington’s Virginia Estate? (Answer: Mount Vernon)

Trivia Question # 42: What was the name of the theater in which Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot? (Answer: Ford’s Theatre)

Trivia Question # 43: What was the first National Park created under Ulysses S. Grant? (Answer: Yellowstone National Park)

Trivia Question # 44: What was the name of the 26th Vice President, who served with Theodore Roosevelt? (Answer: Charles Fairbanks)

Trivia Question # 45: Until 1901, what name was the White House known by? (Answer: President’s House)

Trivia Question # 46: Martin Van Buren, the only President to speak English as a second language, spoke what language originally? (Answer: Dutch)

Trivia Question # 47: Who was the only President to have a PhD in Political Science, which he earned in 1886 at Johns Hopkins? (Answer: Woodrow Wilson)

Trivia Question # 48: Who was the 25th US President and the last President to have served in the Civil War? (Answer: William McKinley)

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We hope you and your team enjoyed these 48 US History trivia questions, and maybe learned something new about the early days of America.  If you and your team enjoy going head-to-head in games of Trivia, then check out 58 Sports Questions to Challenge Your Team or 30 Fun Office Trivia Questions.

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