Category Archives: Nifty History People

Dolley Madison Sends A Telegram

As “The Widow Dolley”, Mrs. Madison was the most famous woman in the country. Mrs. Madison: Dowager Washingtonian When James Madison died at 85, Dolley was 68, and still in good health. Montpelier, their Virginia plantation was failing however, due … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Sherman: Plugging the Hole

When Abraham Lincoln became President, he knew very little about the military. He learned quickly. The Bull Run Debacle The Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, was an eye-opener on many levels. The Union forces, mostly short term … Continue reading

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Martha Johnson Patterson: First Daughter

Martha Johnson Patterson served for nearly four years as de facto First Lady to an unpopular president. The Johnson Family of Greeneville Andrew Johnson (1808-75) was seventeen years old when he pushed a cart across the North Carolina border into … Continue reading

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Edith Roosevelt: Raising Eagles

Edith Carow Roosevelt was a mother of six when she became First Lady in 1901. The “Other” Mrs. Roosevelt Over the past seventy-five years or more, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has eclipsed the name of the “other” Mrs Roosevelt, her … Continue reading

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U.S.Grant and the U.S. Mail

Mail call has always been one of the key ingredients of soldier morale and  frequently the high point of his day. A Literate War The Civil War is considered by most historians as the “first modern war” for a variety … Continue reading

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Doc Sawyer: President Harding’s Surgeon General

It is  unfair to compare medical practice of a hundred or more years ago with the enormous technological changes that have occurred. Nevertheless… Charles Sawyer: Homeopath Charles E. Sawyer (1860-1924) was an Ohio homeopathic doctor of limited formal training, believing … Continue reading

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The Assassination Attempt on Andrew Jackson

Political assassination has been around since Biblical times, if not longer. Andrew Jackson: Public Figure Andrew Jackson had been in the public eye since he was in his early twenties. As a Tennessee lawyer, planter, speculator, horseracer, duelist and legislator, … Continue reading

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