Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

James Buchanan: Tired Ol’ Buck

James Buchanan was nearly seventy in 1861, a time when 75 was a ripe old age. The Election of 1856 When James Buchanan (1791-1868) was elected in 1856, he was a) the last President born in the 18th century; b) … 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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Hodgenville: The First Lincoln Memorial

More than a decade before the magnificent temple dedicated to the memory of the 16th President was built in Washington, DC… The Birth Place…ish … a fine new-classical Greek temple was designed, built and dedicated to house the birthplace and … 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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Abraham Lincoln and the Leg Cases

Abraham Lincoln had very little military knowledge when he became Commander-in-Chief. Lincoln’s Military Experience… …was next to nothing in 1861 when he became President. Thirty years earlier, as a young man, he volunteered with some New Salem fellows to fight … Continue reading

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Mary Todd Lincoln and Henry Clay

In 1832, Mary Todd was thirteen years old; Henry Clay was about to challenge Andrew Jackson for the Presidency. Ellerslie and Ashland Ellerslie Plantation, about three miles from Lexington, KY, was the ancestral home of the Todd family, named for … Continue reading

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