Monthly Archives: November 2013

George Washington: An All-American Uncle

The Father of our Country, George Washington was step-father to Martha’s children and always a concerned and affectionate uncle to his numerous nephews and nieces.  The Washington-Dandridge Connections George Washington was the oldest of five children born to Augustine Washington … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings from the Eisenhowers

No United States President took more personal interest in the annual White House Christmas cards than the Great General Ike himself. Dwight Eisenhower: The President-Artist  Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) was a man of many hobbies – poker, bridge, fishing, golf – … Continue reading

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The Hidden White House: A Book Review

There is an old saying that if somebody asks for the time, you don’t need to tell them how to make a watch. And so it is with The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Tad Lincoln

When you think about it, Tad Lincoln’s short life was truly a tragic one. Tad Lincoln:  The Early Years Thomas Lincoln, nicknamed Tad from the start, was the fourth and last child born to Abraham and Mary Lincoln. It did … Continue reading

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Varina Davis: Queen of the South

In 1861,  Mrs. Jefferson Davis was hailed as the First Lady of the Confederacy.  Today she is virtually unknown.  Varina Howell Davis: The Early Years Even though Varina (pronounced Va-REE-na) Howell (1826-1906) was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, her … Continue reading

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Grover Cleveland: White House Bridegroom

Can you believe it?  Grouchy Grover Cleveland was a newlywed!   But it is true.  At age 49, long time bachelor President Grover Cleveland was married in the White House. The Best Kept White House Secret When he was elected … Continue reading

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