Monthly Archives: June 2013

Herbert Hoover and the First Hoover Dam

In 1921, Herbert Hoover was a household word, and a newly appointed Secretary of Commerce in the Harding Administration. Herbert Hoover: A Quick Background Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) was a self-made man in the truest sense of the word.  Born … Continue reading

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Nellie Taft’s Lonely Dinner

 Helen Herron Taft (1861-1943) did not have a long time to enjoy wearing her stylish Edwardian gowns on the magnificent occasions she had been planning for decades.  Only three months into William Howard Taft’s presidency, she collapsed from a stroke.   … Continue reading

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First Ladies of Indisposition

Between 1849 and 1857, the three First Ladies of the United States were, in their individual ways, indisposed in the true meaning of the word: they did not have the disposition to perform the highly visible social duties that were … Continue reading

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The USA: Early Victoriana

In the decade between the late 1840s and the late 1850s, the face of the United States was changing, politically, socially, economically.  What was going on? The USA: In the 1840s and 1850s Whether Queen Victoria was British or not, … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur: “Nobody’s Damn Business”

Chester Alan Arthur, known only by his distinctive and imposing whiskers, is one of the least known and least studied of our Presidents.  Chester Alan Arthur: The Basic Facts Chester Alan Arthur (1830-1886) was a clergyman’s son, born in Vermont … Continue reading

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The Vice Presidency, A Peculiar Institution

The office of the Vice President of the United States, until the mid-twentieth century, could be summed as perfectly respectable with a dose of public ridicule. Vice Presidential Impressions According to the Constitution, the Vice President’s only proscribed duty is … Continue reading

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