Monthly Archives: September 2013

Lou Henry Hoover: The Adventuresome Activist

Mrs. Herbert Hoover is arguably the least known among 20th century First Ladies – yet she was an amazing woman in her own right. Lou Henry Hoover: The Early Days Lou Henry Hoover (1874-1944) was way ahead of her time.  … Continue reading

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The Family Life of Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was unquestionably a great general.  He was also a great family man. Ulysses Grant: The Poor Family Beginnings Financially, Ulysses S. Grant was not born to poverty.   It was the family dynamics that were decidedly peculiar. His … Continue reading

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The Senior Theodore Roosevelt

Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt, the icon of Mt. Rushmore, was a Junior? Theodore Roosevelt (1831-76) was descended from a long line of Dutch New Yorkers who settled along the Hudson not long after the Pilgrims planted roots in Massachusetts.  … Continue reading

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Abigail Adams’ Sorrow: Like Uncle, Like Nephews

Medical science today provides substantial evidence that alcoholism can be a hereditary failing, but even back in Colonial days, people suspected that it ran in families. William Smith: Abigail Adams’ Brother Abigail Adams (1744-1818), always a credible witness to her … Continue reading

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The Two Mary Lincolns Disaster

It was inevitable.  Mary Todd Lincoln, mother-in-law, and Mary Harlan Lincoln, daughter-in law…  Mary Lincoln Meets Mary Harlan When the Lincolns came to Washington in 1861, they became acquainted with Senator and Mrs. James Harlan, Republicans of Iowa.  In due … Continue reading

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