Author Archives: Feather Foster

The Monroe Plateau

…Arguably the second oldest permanent possession of the White House… The Return of the White House Shortly after Dolley Madison “rescued” the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (the oldest possession)  in 1814, British soldiers torched the White House, as … Continue reading

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The Washington Monument and The Pope’s Stone

The Washington Monument took more than 40 years to build. Planning the Monument As one might expect, circa 1832 Congress planned to commemorate the man whose name became the nation’s capital. Dozens of ideas were proposed and debated. The arguments … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams and Anne Royall

The curmudgeon and the public nuisance: an odd couple. John Quincy Adams When John Quincy Adams became President in 1825, there were few who could match his stellar credentials: A cosmopolitan European education, Harvard graduate, legislative appointments and a long … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln, Good Neighbor

Stories about Mary Lincoln’s “difficult” personality abound; stories about her good deeds and genuine generosity are less common. Miss Todd of Lexington, KY Mary Todd of Lexington, KY had lived in Springfield, IL since 1837. For five years, she made … Continue reading

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Grace Coolidge: The Red Portrait

  Ever since FLOTUS Lucy Hayes, it has become a tradition for the sitting First Lady to have a formal portrait painted. The Delightful Mrs. Coolidge Grace Goodhue Coolidge (1879-1957) was one of the most personable First Ladies to ever … Continue reading

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The Third Battle of the Bills: Taft & Bryan

In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was once again the Democratic Candidate against… William Howard Taft President Theodore Roosevelt had been in the White House for 7-and-a-half years. He had been elected as VP under Republican William McKinley in his second … Continue reading

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The Assassin and FDR-the-POTUS-Elect

Less than a month before FDR’s first inauguration in 1933, he was the target of an assassination attempt. FDR: President Elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an unlikely candidate for President in 1932. The 50-year-old New York patrician had a pleasant, … Continue reading

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