Tag Archives: American history

Woodrow Wilson and the Spanish Flu

Woodrow Wilson had delicate health from childhood. Woodrow’s Delicate Health If health problems were a major campaign issue a hundred or more years ago, it is unlikely that Woodrow Wilson would have been considered for high office. Severe headaches, stomach … Continue reading

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The Death of Rachel Jackson, “A Being so Gentle…”

Rachel Jackson was almost a First Lady; she died a few weeks prior to Jackson’s inauguration.  Rachel Donelson: The Three Marriages When Rachel Donelson (1767-1828) was seventeen, she married Lewis Robards, a prosperous Kentucky planter ten years her senior. She … 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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Lucretia Garfield: The Rough Road to a Happy Marriage

When the Garfields became First Couple in 1880, they had a solid and happy marriage, but… …A Long Time A-Comin’ When James Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph married in 1858, they were both twenty-seven – and had been engaged for five … Continue reading

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FDR and Crown Princess Martha of Norway

A month before the famous visit between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King George VI of Great Britain, the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway visited the US. The Young Norwegians In 1939, Norwegian Crown Prince Olav V and his charming … Continue reading

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TR and the Bull Moose Assassin

TR: Ex-POTUS When Theodore Roosevelt retired after seven-and-a-half years of the presidency, he was only fifty. Too young. Too vigorous. Too antsy. In a phrase, Too Theodore. He had hand-picked his successor and good friend, William Howard Taft, to carry … Continue reading

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Abigail Adams: On Virtue, Duty and Manners

Abigail Smith Adams was a Puritan born and raised. Abigail Adams: Intellectual Puritan Abigail Smith (1744-1818) was born to William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy of Weymouth, MA, a family peppered with Congregational clergy. Her father was a minister of solid … Continue reading

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