Category Archives: Nifty History People

Enthroned Washington: The Naked George

Thesis: Where there is art, there are art critics. Corollary: Everybody is a critic. Commemorating George Washington Statues commemorating heroes and saints, sages and scenes of glory have been around since antiquity. It was only natural that when the State … Continue reading

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Franklin and Eleanor: The Chasm

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a 5th cousin to Eleanor Roosevelt. The Commonalities of Childhood Descended from Dutch ancestors slightly post-Mayflower, both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelts were New York Knickerbockers, an aristocratic old-line status. Both Franklin (1882-1945) and Eleanor (1883-1961) came … Continue reading

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Martha Washington’s Agony: Patsy Custis

When Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington, she had two little children, ages four and two. George Washington, Stepfather Martha Dandridge had married Daniel Custis when she was eighteen. Eight years later, he died, leaving his widow with a vast … Continue reading

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The Murder of Ida McKinley’s Brother

In 1898, First Lady Ida McKinley received shocking news. Her brother had been murdered. George Saxton, Libertine and Rake The Saxtons were one of the most prominent and wealthy families in Canton, OH. They had three children, born within three … Continue reading

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Harry Truman’s Mother-in-Law From Hell

Harry Truman was always an outspoken man who never minced words, but… Madge Wallace …Margaret Gates Wallace (1862-1952), called Madge from childhood, was perhaps the only exception.  Madge was the spoiled daughter of midwesterners George and Elizabeth Gates. George Gates … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Farewell to His Officers

“An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.” The Quote and the Sentiment The quote about asses (donkeys) and lions is frequently attributed to George Washington, but it is … Continue reading

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The Abysmal Health of Woodrow Wilson

If his health history had been known in 1912, Woodrow Wilson might never have been nominated. The White House Physician: Cary T. Grayson Shortly after President Woodrow Wilson took the oath of office in 1913, there was a luncheon for … Continue reading

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