Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were

19552168234_53d9d35a1e_mNot including Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush, or Reagan, how many US American Presidents can you name in 30 seconds? Now be honest, how many of you included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Moore, and John Calhoun. If you did, you are in good company.

According to a 2016 psychological study on naming and recognition conducted by H. Roediger & K. DeSoto at Washington University in Saint Louis, many Americans routinely misidentify the names of famous historical figures as US Presidents.