Category Archives: Abraham Lincoln

U.S. Grant and Son: Meeting Lincoln

Little Fred Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912) was the oldest son of Ulysses S. Grant. His earliest memory of his father may have been when he was four, and he and his two-year-old brother were playing on the porch of their … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s White House: A Book Review

If one had to describe Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, one could easily call it a string of pearls encased in a Tiffany box. It is more than just a mere delight. It is a treasure that … Continue reading

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Tippecanoe and Lincoln: Coalitions

In 1804, the office of Vice President devolved into one of geopolitical accommodation. Geopolitical Accommodation: After the tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in the Presidential election of 1800, Aaron Burr became Vice President, according to the premise that … Continue reading

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The Lincolns and the Showman

1862 was a horrible year for the Lincolns. The Bludgeon Blow When he was elected President in 1860, Abraham Lincoln knew that the challenges ahead, as he put it, were “greater even than those of George Washington.” Problems abounded from … Continue reading

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James Garfield Goes to Congress

…with a little help from President Lincoln. Maybe.  JAG: A Brief History Ohio born James Garfield (1831-81) had a very unpromising start in life. His father died when he was two, with little to leave the family.  His mother later … 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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Abraham Lincoln and Smallpox

Abraham Lincoln suffered from variola (smallpox) when he was in the White House. November, 1863 Almost as an afterthought, President Lincoln had been invited to make “a few appropriate remarks” at an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In July, a massive … Continue reading

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