Monthly Archives: February 2014

President Garfield’s Doctors: A Tragi-Comedy Part I

Charles Guiteau admitted that he shot the President, but “it was the doctors who killed him.”  The assassin was certifiably insane, but he wasn’t stupid.  Everybody in the country knew it was the medical men who botched the care of … Continue reading

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Warren Harding, The Ladies Man

No doubt about it, Warren G. Harding liked the fillies, but his taste was more toward fast trotters than thoroughbreds.      Warren G. Harding and his Duchess Historians have always wondered why Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) married Florence Kling DeWolfe … Continue reading

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Jane Pierce and Varina Davis: An Unlikely Friendship

Historians are usually negative about First Lady Jane Pierce or tsk-tsk about the tragedies in her life, which were considerable.  Jane Appleton Pierce: A Tragic woman Jane Pierce (1806-63) despite her tragedies, is not a particularly sympathetic character.  She was … Continue reading

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The Relatives of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln frankly alluded to his humble beginnings, but he never included his kinfolk in his life. Abraham Lincoln: The Humble Birthright In 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and the former Nancy Hanks.  … Continue reading

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Martha Washington’s Dinner Table

Martha Washington’s dining room table was her pride and joy. Martha Washington: Plantation Mistress Martha was a twenty-seven year old widow whose late husband had a vast fortune in land and property, along with that rarest of all Colonial commodities: … Continue reading

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